Greetings from Deatsville, Alabama

Based on a recommendation from Bill Murray of, I purchased a Tempest device for my wife. She served for several years as a volunteer storm spotter for the Birmingham, AL ABC affiliate until we moved out of the market. I was looking for a good unit that would not require a major capital outlay and Bill’s review came at the right time.

Living in a subdivision in the land of 80-90’ tall Southern Pines, it will be difficult to site our unit in an area free of obstructions, but I am looking at a freestanding pole installation. I started out on the top rail of our back deck but I am anxious to get it permanently situated so we can get better readings.

With vibration being a hindrance to accurate haptic rain measurements, I’m leaning toward using fence top rail pipe rather than Schedule 40 PVC. I am curious how high off the ground the Tempest can be mounted on a single mast before wind loading becomes an issue. I have a couple of 10’ sections, but I’m thinking anything higher than 6-7’ will increase the likelihood of a false reading.

I’m sure some of you have already run this test, so I am going to wait for some feedback from the community before I start cutting the pipe.



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Note that pole wobble doesn’t translate to false rain, only the higher frequencies do, which is why the telescoping fiberglass flag pole I use on my RV works so well.

my acrylic mast also used to work well… with the SKY unit. Are you using SKY or Tempest on the fiberglass mast:?

I had a SKY for a long time until I picked up another Tempest station for my RV. It is much easier to site one unit than two when I’m camping so the Tempest is perfect.