This site provides useful practical information related to global and national weather observing practices and instruments, including independent equipment reviews.
You will find much of the background in my book The Weather Observer’s Handbook (published by Cambridge University Press), details of which can also be found on this site, together with useful links and downloads.
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Barometric pressure is the easiest of all of the weather elements to measure, and even basic weather stations or household aneroid barometers can provide reasonably accurate readings. It is also the only weather element that can be observed indoors, making a barometer or barograph – analogue or digital – an ideal instrument for apartment dwellers.
Spreadsheets are ideal for archiving weather records, and provide more comprehensive analysis tools than the automatic weather station (AWS) software used to log the sensors. Holding and archiving data in hourly, daily and monthly spreadsheets is easy to do, simplifies record-keeping and makes subsequent analysis much more straightforward.
Choosing a weather station. There are many different varieties of automatic weather stations (AWSs) available, and a huge range of different applications for them. To ensure any specific system satisfies any particular requirement, consider carefully, in advance of purchase, what are the main purposes for which it will be used, then consider and prioritize the features and benefits of suitable systems to choose the best solution from those available. Examples are given in The Weather Observer's Handbook.
Most manual raingauges are read once daily, usually at a standard morning observation time, typically between 7 A.M. and 9 A.M. local time. The morning reading should be ‘thrown back’ to the previous day’s date.
The critical decision criteria for dataloggers are – choice of power supply, and battery backup capability: amount of memory: number and type of input options (‘ports’): and programmable capabilities, if any.