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.
Author, The Weather Observer’s Handbook
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AWS software provides three key functions – system setup and configuration, communication with and downloading of data from the datalogger, and the display of current and logged data. Most offer some form of data upload to Internet/website.
Metadata is literally ‘data about data’. In the context of weather records, it is a description of the site and its surroundings, the instruments in use and any changes over time, information about observational databases and units used, and any other details about the measurements that may be relevant.
Snowfall is difficult to measure accurately with most types of raingauge, and without some form of wind shield most raingauges will lose 50 per cent or more of the ‘true’ catch through wind errors introduced by the presence of the gauge, which interferes with the flow of the wind over it, causing a loss of some of the catch.
Rooftops or masts may provide much better exposure for some sensors, but carefully consider the accessibility of the site before attempting to install the sensors. If the proposed site cannot be reached safely, fit appropriate safety measures or find another site. Do not take personal risks, or encourage others to do so, when attempting to install weather station sensors, particularly at height.
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.