Beginning With A PWS (Personal Weather Station)
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For a while people relied on radio and television to find out about the weather rather than taking their own readings. When I grew up on a dairy farm my dad always had a barometer, and a rain gauge.
He kept track of the barometric pressure daily, so he would have a heads up on any weather changes, and then the rain gauge helping in knowing how much rain we had. This was so he could tell if the fields were too muddy to drive into, to do work.
Other heads up from this could be if the bales of hay needed to be turned so they could dry out, before mowing them.
Return To Relying on Personal Weather Data
However, an increasing number of people are returning to some of the old ways rather than rely on meteorological reports, which are often inaccurate. By mounting a personal weather station (PWS) these folks can monitor it for themselves.
You can join the thousands of people doing so, even sharing the data online at a site that aggregates the data for anyone wanting to see what the real weather is like!
Weather Station Mounting Preparation
To begin with if you don’t own the property where you are living, you might need to consult the owner or management agency to obtain permission before mounting a personal weather station.
Additionally, you will need to have a few hundred bucks and some basic tech knowledge.
Those with more cash can invest in more expensive equipment, but you can start with under $500 and have a fine system to use.
Location Is Everything For Your Mounting
Just like real estate, location is everything when it comes to the installation of your PWS. Each piece of equipment needs to be placed in an ideal area, or at least not in a bad one.
Failing to pay attention to the specific elements each sensor requires will result in poor measurements.
Whether you want to join a community that compiles data from personal weather station or are mounting the unit just for yourself, accuracy is essential or your money has been wasted.
To begin with, the placement of your station must be in line with all of the sensors that you are going to use. If obstructed by buildings, greenery or other items, your readings might be inaccurate.
You have various potential placement choices, including fence posts and flag poles. The roof or middle of an open field might work as well.
No matter where you choose, it should be placed at least five feet above the surface. Before you make a final determination, make sure that you have an appropriate location chosen for all of your sensors that will allow communication from this location. Otherwise, you might have to move it later on.
You can choose a wireless or cable model for your weather station. If you opt for the cable model you will need to determine how you will connect everything while protecting vulnerable cables from rodents and other potential hazards.
An electrical conduit can help. Additional sensors and location choices are a couple of the benefits associated with a wireless model.
Wind Sensors Are Important Too
In order to ensure accurate wind direction you will need to find true north, rather than magnetic north. Similarly, you will need to calibrate the barometric pressure in your system. A National Weather Station or visiting Weather Underground can help you with this. Failure to do these two things will distort your date collection efforts.
Rain Gauge Thoughts
The rain gauge needs to have plenty of open space around it for accurate readings. First of all, you need to keep it at least five feet away from one-story buildings. Additionally, adjust the distance if there are larger buildings on or around your property.
Make sure that the object never obstructs rainfall around the gauge in any way, no matter the direction nor strength of the winds.
As for the humidity sensor, keep it fifty feet or more away from bodies of water and trees. Your anemometer should be thirty-three feet above ground level and at least seven above surrounding buildings and trees to ensure accurate wind readings.
Choose the placement for your thermometer to keep it out of direct sunlight and with plenty of ventilation. A radiation shield can increase your placement options by protecting the thermometer even in direct sun; a ventilating fan option makes it even better. It should be at least five feet above the surface and fifty feet from any paved areas.
The most important aspect of successful personal weather station installation is choosing the right location for your sensors. These tips should help you when putting together the PWS for your own property.
Don’t passively accept inaccurate weather reports from your local television station. Instead, take charge and install your own system!