Dew point vs wind chill

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I want to toggle the wind chill and dew point on the dash. I don't care about the wind chill. I always want dew point to be displayed.
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Marc Stegmaier

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Posted 2 years ago

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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Marc,

You will only see Dew Point when your temperatures are between 79-40°. Heat index will show above 80° and Wind chill below 40°.  You cannot choose what shows on the display unit. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you and have a great day!
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Thank you for the clarification. Follow-up question regarding placement of the sensor. I have it placed on top of a wooden fence (6 feet+height of sensor) and today I noticed the temperature spike during sun breaks today. That tells me the temperature is showing an inaccurate reading. How do I fix this?
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Thanks for your reply. How would I mount it higher? PVC pipe? If so, what size? The sun is definitely hitting it, it's just mostly dreary and cloudy this time of the year in Washington. Just happens that the sun is out. Here is a graph of my temperature and dew point illustrating the problem I'm seeing today on a clear day.
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To me, this looks like a classic aspirating fan issue. It is receiving full sun today, but it has times where the temperature spikes and drops dramatically over a short period of time.
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Hello Marc,

The sensor can also be mounted directly to 3/4” steel pipe or PVC pipe. We would also recommend checking to make sure the fan is working.

 Step 1.
Remove the four outer screws on the bottom of the sensor. Keep the screws for re-assembly.

  • Note: Be careful not to remove or adjust the rain calibration screws located beneath the rain gauge.

Step 2. 
Separate the upper and lower halves of the sensor.

Step 3.
Check the fan for debris, such as insects or spider webs. A gentle puff of air can clear most obstructions safely.

If no debris appears to be blocking the fan, position the top white portion of the sensor (that has the solar panel) in direct, bright sunlight. The fan should power on immediately without any assistance (such as a nudge). Note: Artificial light, such as flashlights, cannot be used as a substitute for actual sunlight. Also, overcast days may not be sunny enough to power on the fan.

Step 4.
To reassemble the sensor, bring the two halves of the sensor back together.

Step 5.
Reinstall the four outer screws to join the upper and lower portions of the sensor together.  Thank you. Enjoy your day!
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Yes, the aspirating fan is not turning on right away even when the sun is hitting it. Also, I lost signal last night for 3 hours for some reason.

I'm frustrated because this weather station is just 2 weeks old.
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Hello Marc,

We are sorry to hear that you are having an issue and will get this corrected for you. We have emailed you at the address on file. Please check your inbox. Thank you. Enjoy your day!