I recently installed my brand new Tempest (station #8986(?)), and so far I am very satisfied, although I have nothing to compare to since this is the first wx station I own.
One issue I have is that I am located at 65N (Fairbanks, AK), and in the dead of winter, the sun is very low on the horizon at noon. In December and January, we can’t expect much more than 5% of solar radiation at noon on a clear day. I can’t imagine that the battery will recharge at all. WeatherFlow claims that the battery should last about a month with no solar input, but that means that my weather station will be dead for over a month before it gets enough solar energy to recharge (partially) the battery. So, here is my first question: Is there a way, or do you have a plan to have a way, to connect an external source power, like a larger solar panel or an external battery or something? I would hate to have the thing dead in the winter which is a time I am really interested in having weather info, especially if I’m away from home.
Second question: Is there a way to download the data from the weather station? I recently noticed a sudden jump in my barometric pressure, so I wanted to make a post about that, but when I tried to capture it to display it on the post, I noticed that I could only go back a short time, so I had missed it (in the mean time, I found a post describing the reason for the sudden jump, so I’m good). Anyway, I am a data person (scientist/engineer) and I am very interested in being able to look at months of data, look at trends and things like that.