If you are reading this article, it’s safe to assume that you already know what a weather station is. While we are talking about weather stations, let’s just refresh your memory. In simple words, weather station is an instrument that provides one with comprehensive information about the atmospheric conditions prevailing in that area. Temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, it gives you accurate information about all of these metrics and much more.
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Now there isn’t one particular type of a weather station. There are personal, home weather stations and weather stations that ships are equipped with. In this article, we will only be dealing with the steps involved in installing a home weather station.
Location of the Weather Station
Make sure that the weather station is placed in a location that is free of any external obstacles like, trees for example. The logic to this is very simple. If it is installed at a place that gets affected by these external factors, the reading of the weather station will not be accurate. The tree for example, will block out sunlight to a certain extent, reduce the wind speed and all of this will result in a certain degree of inaccuracy.
Follow the installation guide
The next, most important step after you find the right location is to carefully read the installation guide before you begin setting it up. Read it a couple of times. Get familiar with the spare parts and only then begin assembling it.
Set up the thermometer sensor (if applicable)
A common mistake that’s made by a lot of people is the careless placement of the thermometer sensor of the weather station. If the thermometer sensor is not placed correctly, again, one will not be able to obtain accurate information. Some of the precautions that you could take at this step would include; to ensure that the thermometer sensor is exposed to direct sunlight and it receives its fair share of ventilation.
Set up the humidity sensor (if applicable)
Not every weather station comes with a humidity sensor but if yours does, then installing it is a very simple process. Generally speaking, weather stations measure humidity using plants and other water bodies in the surrounding environment as reference points. Hence, while placing the humidity sensor be sure that it is close to a plant or animal. How close? That depends upon the weather station.
Set up the rain collector (if applicable)
Let common sense guide you with this one. If you have to measure rainfall, what is the one thing that you must be vary of? Of course, external structure that interfere and distort the readings. Therefore, please place the rain collector in an open area so that accurate readings of the rainfall can be generated.
Set up the anemometer (if applicable)
An anemometer is a device that helps to measure wind speed and direction. Many weather stations come with an anemometer. Keep just one, very simple thing in mind about installing an anemometer. Make sure that it’s placed at the highest point possible. That’s all. It’s as simple as that.