Understanding Weather Stations
What does a typical
weather station include?
speed and direction)
Rain Gauge (daily
rain collection and rainfall rate)
(outdoor and sometimes indoor)
What does each sensor or gauge do?
An Anemometer monitors wind direction and wind
speed. Normally it involves a rotating tail to determine wind direction
and a spin mechanism to measure the wind speed.
Temperature Sensor(s) most weather stations
include an outdoor sensor and many also include an indoor sensor.
Barometric pressure sensor
Factors To Consider When Choosing a Weather Station or
Wired or Wireless
Overall Accuracy of sensors and gauges
Specific Accuracy of each sensor
Ability to record and save data
How will the data be used?
Is a record of some or all instruments needed?
Is only the momentary reading important?
Is the data recorded by the sensors needed
daily, weekly or monthly?
Quick and Easy installation
No access to roof or dangerous roof
Need sensors mounted for the greatest accuracy
Stable or mobile
Where to mount -On a pole, a rooftop, in a
meadow, near trees, in the desert, on the top of a mountain, mounted on
a moving vehicle (RV’s, mobile weather stations, hurricane trackers)
Special Considerations – sand, trees, extreme heat
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