I have my Tempest mounted up on a mast on my roof, which is generally the best/only good place for most of the readings. It’s a pretty solid setup - the mast is mounted using a fairly robust 5’ tall mini-tower. The mast itself is made of a much thicker steel than typically used on masts and everything is pretty secure. However when the winds get up around 30mph the rain sensor goes nuts. It recorded over 30" of rain on a sunny day.
For a variety of reasons, filling the mast with sand is not really an option. So I don’t really have any bright ideas on how to improve things. And since I often get 30+mph winds during the winter months here, something needs to be done if I want to be able to record rain. For now I’ve disabled reporting of rain to wunderground, and I’ve disabled it from my CWOP/APRS reports. But it would be nice to get it back.
If anyone has thoughts about solutions I might not have thought about, please feel free to chime in.
About the only option I’ve been able to come up with is to buy a 2nd Tempest and mount it somewhere else, protected from the wind. This brings up a couple questions:
Is another Tempest the “best” option? I was thinking of using a Tempest so that I could have a backup of sorts to main my Tempest. But would one of the other WeatherFlow devices be a better option?
My assumption is that I can use a single hub for both Tempests (I believe my 2nd location should have a decent enough signal to the hub I’m currently using for my Tempest). Is this correct?
Is there a way to configure the hub so that it takes “everything but the rain” from my main Tempest and then takes only the rain from my 2nd Tempest? I can easily do that for my CWOP/APRS reports because I can just set up the sensor map in weewx to pull from the device I want for each reading. But I’m not sure if/how I can do that for other things, especially like the automatic reports to wunderground. Or the reports on tempestwx.com.
Any other options or things I might consider?