How Weather Stations Work

How often have weather forecasters been right when they say, "A storm is coming"? Often the reverse happens within the day. Well, it's not their fault. Weather forecasting is a very difficult job. You have to understand and know what the weather is all about. You have to be well equipped with all the gadgets needed in gathering the data you will use for your forecast.

Weather takes place when the sun heats different places at different temperatures. There is depression when air rises and anticyclones when air falls. Depressions and anticyclones make winds blow causing the different kinds of weather. Depressions bring moist air, which usually indicates rain, or snow. Anticyclones usually mean hot, and dry weather in summer and clear weather in winter. Storms are brought about where depressions and anticyclones meet up. You could possibly make a forecast of the weather if you measure the temperature using the thermometer, air pressure using the barometer, the speed of the wind using the anemometer, the humidity using the hygrometer, wind directions using the wind vane and precipitation using the rain gauge. It's probably better to just use a weather station. A weather station is a device that has a built in thermometer, barometer, anemometer and a hygrometer and is used to monitor the weather.

Home weather stations are electronic instruments that are read automatically by a microprocessor. The readings are shown on an electronic display or transmitted by a wireless device to a computer nearby. With modern technology weather stations can now be wired or wireless. Home weather stations are being set up by some individuals or groups to enable them to see what the weather will be on a particular day. The forecast they make will then help them to plan on their activities for that day.

Basically all weather stations will read a combination of indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, rainfall, speed and direction of the wind, wind chill, dew point, and barometric pressure. Some weather stations give digital forecasts as can be seen in monitors attached to the gadgets.

We also have professional weather stations used in airports, construction sites and emergency rescue departments. It includes the programming and equipment needed to keep track of weather statistics and analyze information gathered. The professional weather station also includes ultraviolet sensor solar radiation detector and a visibility sensor apart from the thermometer, anemometer, barometer, hygrometer and wind collector device.

These devices collect all the data needed to be able to make a forecast. Wind speed and direction is taken with no obstructions while the temperature and humidity is measured from an unobstructed direct solar radiation. After all the data has been gathered, an analysis is done and a forecast is made.

Weather forecasts made by weather stations are not 100% accurate because of the limitations of gathering the precise data needed. The forecast may vary depending on the location, time and data gathered. So next time you make a weather forecast from your weather station don't rely on it too much. Remember it is just a forecast.


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