Incorrect rainfall reading on model 06014RM

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Model 06014RM sometimes reports rainfall when there has been only been high wind but no rain. This also reports more rainfall than others units in the general vicinity. 
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AllanH

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Tom Mahr

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My unit records much higher levels then actual amount !!
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Fred Young

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How sturdy is your mount? I have a 20' 3/4 in/dia. pipe and was shaking snow off it when I heard the rain cups rattling. They were actually dumping without rain in them which gave me a reading.
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Mine is mounted on top of a 6" x 6" post that is 8' off the ground. It's not moving much if it's moving at all. I wonder if at times the rain cups are not protected from the wind enough. Therefore rocking with each strong gust.
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AllanH

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And as the wind blows, so do I see an increase in rainfall recorded. Even though there has been no rain. I purchased this for an accurate reading of rainfall. I could have saved my money and kept using my glass rain tube that I received free at a county fair. 
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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello AllanH,
If your rainfall is adding when the wind blows, the sensor is tipping back and forth causing the tipping cups to tip and giving inaccurate rain readings. We would recommend a stronger, more secure mount. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thank you.
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Hello Rachell,
The sensor is attached to a 6x6" wood post that does not tip in any direction. The sensor is attached with the two screws that Acurite provided for installation. My question is can wind enter the opening between of the top and bottom portion of the 5-in-1 weather station? For instance, the rain that is measured has to drain some where. Is there enough of an opening around the weather station for a strong enough wind to cause the rain sensor to tip back and forth? I'm tempted to tape off as much of the opening as possible but yet allow drainage. 

Allan
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Hello AllenH,
We have had a small handful of customers indicate this possibility. We do not recommend covering the drain holes on the bottom of the sensor. Even covering them a little can cause the water to build up in the sensor which could damage components.  Please verify your the level bubble on the top of the sensor is completely level. Thank you.