Hi Carl. Sorry for the confusion. What some of the helpful folks on this forum have said above is all accurate. Further, your AIR & SKY devices are still fully supported by WeatherFlow and will give you the same information as the new Tempest device would. If you’re not fully satisfied with your AIR & SKY, please reach out to our amazing customer support team.
Here’s a little more clarity (hopefully) on the confusing naming issue. The original AIR & SKY that you own was launched in 2016 and is collectively called the “Smart Weather Station”. The “Tempest Weather System” is the next generation of that original product. You are correct that it is, other than some minor hardware improvements, the AIR & SKY combined. You could also retroactively call what you own the “Original Tempest Weather System.” Finally, both the first & the second generation products are designed and manufactured by WeatherFlow, though the original product is no longer being sold.
Why the change? Well, changed the name from “Smart Weather” to “Tempest” because it’s a more identifiable brand (and it just sounds cooler, don’t you think?). And we went with “System” rather than “Station” because both products are “more than hardware” - they are a hybrid of hardware (sensor device, hub), software, and data science.
Another reason we’re using the brand “Tempest” more than WeatherFlow is to distinguish our home weather station products from our professional weather offerings. So, right now there’s the “Tempest Device” (the sensor hardware itself), the “Tempest Weather System” (the sensor hardware plus the Hub and the apps and all the back-end software & data science stuff), and then there’s “Tempest” the brand…
Ok, I think that’s it. Is that more clear? or less?
Hmmmm… We don’t have a name for the “third generation” yet, but the Tempest’s code name was “Storm” during development. And while I’m not sure the marketing folks will go for “Stormy” or “Tempest Stormy,” I kind of like the sound of it!
PS: We have started calling all the “backend stuff” collectively the “Tempest Cloud” but that hasn’t been approved by the marketing folks yet!