Use Your La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole
The La Crosse weather station mounting pole you have will now be used with your weather station. So you have purchased your very own La Crosse weather station.
Now what you did, was you decided where you were going to mount your La Crosse weather station.
The best proper siting of a weather station involves many different common-sense decisions.
You also have some facts concerning the weather instruments you must or at the least, you need to consider.
Let's look first at some siting factors you must face when picking out where the La Crosse weather station will be set up
The Siting Process Can Be Critical
We can start with the type of situation you are facing.
Is your property more of a suburban type or a rural type of situation? It will matter due to a few outside interference factors. The urban or suburban siting is probably the more difficult.
Generally speaking, avoid obstructions and anything that may cause a biased reading, such as dark surfaces, or materials that are not reflective.
The placement of the weather station is also important. For example, if it is placed on a roof or in the shade of a building, this will produce inaccurate readings.
The placement of weather stations is crucial for the accuracy of the data. The climate-quality data is best collected in areas where sources of potential bias (such as the introduction of surrounding structures) are minimized
So when setting up your best site overall for your weather station sensors keep in mind you want to maximize out as a whole the best place for getting the most accurate
- Temperature Readings
- The Best accurate Wind Speed
- The best Relative Humidity reading
- You collect most accurately the rain that fell amount. You set up your Rain Gauge to do its best job.
So set standards, and then do your best to meet them. If you do you will long-term be most satisfied with your choice of a La Crosse personal Home weather station.
My List of Ideal Weather Station Siting Standards
Temperature / Humidity Sensor
•Should be placed where the ground is level, over a surface that represents the area the best. Please be advised to avoid dark surfaces, roofs, irrigated areas, plus stay away from concrete and dark surfaces that absorb heat from the sun.
•If you have a ventilated radiation shield then please use it.
•Place at a recommended height of 1.25 – 2.0 m or between 4’ 1” and 6’ 7” above the ground )
•Place sensors at a horizontal distance of 2 times the height of the nearest object (tree, structure, etc). [Example: 40 feet away from a 20-foot tall tree].
•Keep away from other sources of heat such as chimneys, air vents, air conditioners, etc.
•Try to mount at 32.8 feet (10 meters) above ground level.
•As a rough guide try to place at a horizontal distance of 10 times the height of the nearest obstruction.
•If you are placing it on the side of a mast account for the mast by, "the sensor should be placed on a horizontal boom extending outwards from the mast, at a distance of 3 times the mast diameter". [So, if mounted on a 2-inch diameter pole, the boom should extend out 6 inches away from the pole].
•Try to mount at a height of 4 to 6 feet above the ground.
•Best for catching the rain if located at a horizontal distance of 4 times the height of the nearest obstruction.
•Ensure the gauge is mounted level to the ground, away from any horizontal surface. This will avoid any rain-splashing into the catch area or having any snow build-up.
Another thing to watch for is wind-driven water from trees, shrubs, or anywhere there is water running off of something.
Another issue is that movement out of the level of the tipping bucket mechanism that measures the rain will throw the measure off.
Such an example may be a tall pole that ends up swaying in strong wind will not cut it. You may need to install support guy wires.
If you aren't careful the hygrometer if you have one can be influenced by irrigated yards, swimming pools, and other sources of evaporation in its proximity.
So be aware to stay away from these situations.
One more thing to be aware of is to watch out for shadows that may be cast on and over your weather station's sensor array.
This could cause your weather station solar-powered fans inside the radiation shield from working.
If so you will experience elevated thermal readings from the increased heat build-up.
Results of Correctly Using La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole
So far I have been setting you up for one thing to help you. The one thing is simply that you will obtain the absolute very best results from using your La Crosse Weather station.
Suggested Reading For Pole Mounts
Now that you know where the weather station needs to be set up, you need to figure out the very best type of mounting pole idea that works best for you.
You may go to my two posts for a great read of what you need to know when picking out the type of mount that works best for you.
Solutions Using a La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole
The Single Sensor
The types of mounts have led you to what works for you. La Crosse manufactures various models and types of weather stations.
The sensor packages that come with the most popular current models from La Crosse would be a simple Temperature/humidity sensor which is simple and easy to install.
Nothing very complicated and a pole will not be needed most likely for it.
The La Crosse 3-in-1 Sensor Array
You can take a look at the La Crosse Technology S81120-INT Wireless Combo Weather Station with New Breeze Solar Wind Sensor.
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This is a new model that has a brand new sensor 3-in-1 sensor array called the Breeze Solar Wind Sensor.
In researching this new sensor it is powered by a solar panel and a Rechargeable Coin Cell battery.
The big thing that sticks out about this sensor array is the improved transmission distance was taken from 333 feet up to 400 feet.
The cups of the anemometer are made larger for picking up the wind easier, and then the mounting bracket is versatile in that it can be set up much easier and at more angles, than you may need.
- Wind Speed
The La Crosse 5-in-1 Sensor Array
A great example of a 5-in-1 sensor pack for La Crosse would be the La Crosse Technology V40A-PRO-INT Wi-Fi Professional Weather Center
As you can see looking at this sensor will give you weather readings for the temperature, the wind speed, the wind direction, the amount of rain precipitation, and the humidity level outside as well.
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3 La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole Situations
Now that you see what type of differences exist between these three La Crosse weather instrument choices you can move on and figure out the La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole, that will work for you and your site situation.
The need to mount a La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole will be as follows.
Single Sensor. you will need a hammer and a couple of small screws to mount on a door frame a poster, a porch roof support, etc. This is a really easy mount.
The only reason you would mount it might be using a piece of wood to mount it on, then attach a pole to a galvanized pipe that will serve as your La Crosse Weather Station Mounting Pole.
This then would be attached to your eaves, fence, shed, roof or chimney. Many of these examples can be found being explained in detail by reading them here.
Next, let's look at the 3-in-1 sensor array. This will fit under the many different types of pole mounts I cover in some of my other posts. The chimney mount, the slanted roof mount, the flat roof mount.
Also, it would fit by using the tripod mount, the fence top mount, the tool shed mount, etc.
All of these are specifically written about and discussed in my article, Using a Weather Station Mounting Pole-Looking at Easy Weather Station Mounting
The 5-in-1 will now be much the same choices for a pole mount, with the exceptional difference of now you have to have height clearance, and clearance of any obstacles for many feet so that the wind vane may be free to move and detect the wind directional changes your weather situations present to you.
As you can see a La Crosse weather station mounting pole can be many things and can involve many different pole mounting choices.
The best selection for you will be from you examining, and reading all of the information I provide for you on this post as well as my complete catalog of other posts about weather station mounting.
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In Conclusion About Weather Station Pole Mounting
The pole attachment area, going from one company to the next is generally within the 3/4 inch up to 1 1/2 in diameter for what you need to attach the station.
Each weather station will have its own measurement list, either in the PDF Manual, and/or the specifications and product description.
The keys to a good mount are fastening the pole and the station's bracket area snuggly. Not over tight but firmly holding them together.
If you have a long pole you will need to add extra support, to prevent everything from breaking. Guidewires, or an extra set of brackets often will do the trick.
I would highly recommend that you go to the National Weather Service's Citizen Weather Observer Program to check out the level of reporting weather stations to report.
This will give you a level of expectations for what you can expect as far as professional readings to submit hourly and daily.
These would be how the National Weather Service looks at your commitment as well as what you can strive for reporting if you decide to be a reporting station.
This is also an excellent place to get excellent siting tips and instructions from their experienced people.
George is a big fan of the weather. He has enjoyed for years observing all types of weather in several places he has lived. He shares his love by doing reviews of personal weather stations and discussing several key elements that are related to using weather stations.