Investing in a wind turbine is a big step. Doing some research before considering such a move will pay off in many ways. My wife and I decided to purchase a weather station to help us know just exactly how feasible it would be for us to purchase a wind turbine. Due to my wife’s interest and frugality, she found a great deal on a weather station that will track and store data from a weather station reviews website.
The station will allow us to know inside and outside temperature, wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, and rainfall. Wow! A little more information than I need. And the data is logged onto our computer through a wireless connection as well as being stored by a battery when we are not logged on and then downloaded when we connect. We will have monthly readings to use for our analysis. The effortless research you may think.
Weather Station Reviews
Here are some of my information after checking weather station reviews website:
Homemade weather stations are the result of assembling a handful of different instruments for measuring the weather. The station’s instruments are analog for the most part. They are usually assembled into or mounted on box that is open on one side. Sometimes these stations even have small peaked roofs, which better enable them to endure the weather. Set up in places that have good exposure to the weather, they are often found on the tops of buildings or fixed to posts in open fields. Using stations of this kind, very reliable data about the weather can be collected and used to make predictions.
- The Barometer
The barometer is an instrument for reading air pressure. Falling air pressure usually indicates an impending storm. Barometers are typically included into homemade weather stations by hanging a wall-mounted unit inside the station box. This protects it from wind and rain, but because the box is open on one side, the barometer can still take accurate atmospheric readings.
- Wind Measurements
Homemade weather stations typically include a weather vane, an anemometer, or a machine that incorporates both into the same device. This takes readings for both wind direction and speed. Analog anemometers are simple machines that work somewhat like a wind turbine: the wind spins the cups or rotor, which generates a small electric current. The strength of that current directly corresponds to wind speed on a pre-established meter. Weather vanes are very simple instruments that turn to point in the direction that the wind is blowing.
Rain and snow meters are simple, clear tubes that capture the relevant precipitation. Sometimes both instruments are combined into the same tube, simply by printing two different gauges on the side. The tube’s size and its gauge(s) are calibrated to offer a simple to comprehend figure on rain or snowfall, which in the United States is stated in terms of inches.
Adding a thermometer to a weather station is a simple matter. However, a complication is that while putting a thermometer inside the weather station box will protect it from the elements, the box might also insulate its own interior, and thus throw the readings off. It is a good idea to take a few sample readings of the interior and exterior of the box during the course of first summer and winter, just to make sure that there are no substantial temperature differences.
The typical analog hygrometer measures humidity by taking a relative measurement between a dry bulb and a wet bulb thermometer. This instrument should definitely go inside the shelter of the weather station, and not be mounted on the outside walls or top.
Weather Station Setup
Ha. Effortless has little to do with this project although it really didn’t require too much skill, effort or cost to purchase, assemble and install our weather station. We purchased a Davis Vantage 6250 on sale through Davisnet for $250. It arrived as promised and required little assembly.
The directions were easy to follow and nothing caused us to reconsider the project. The assembly part was fairly easy. The next part, however, was a bit of a challenge. My wife said, “We need to mount the weather station at a height of at least 30 feet.” Ok. Right. That is where the difficulty began. It was easy enough to purchase three sections of ten foot long PVC pipe, connectors, and glue.
We drove a smaller metal pipe into the ground near the end of our garage to slip the thirty-foot section of PVC pipe holding the weather station onto for support. All was going as planned. We glued the sections of pipe together, mounted the weather station on top and planned to raise the pipes and slip them over the metal pole and then clamp them to the end of the garage for support.
We carefully lifted the joined poles and attempted to first place the end of the top pole onto the bottom edge of the roof and then slide it up and hopefully lift the bottom of the pole over the metal pipe and slip it to the ground. Need I say that was not possible? We did, however, remove one section of pipe and were able to lift two sections of pipe with the weather station mounted on top high enough to slip the bottom of the support pole. I climbed the ladder we had waiting and clamped the pole to the end of the garage. We successfully mounted the weather station twenty feet in the air.
The weather station directions told us the direction the station should be pointed. By using a compass we were able to accomplish that step during the mounting process. The next step was to check the computer on which the software had already been loaded to see if we were receiving readings from the station. It was amazing. Immediately we could see all of the readings. Success.
We have been tracking the readings for a little over three weeks now and are going to monitor the wind speed and direction for several months to help us with our decision on the feasibility of installing a wind turbine.
There are many types and price ranges for weather stations. There are companies which will do this part of the research for you at a fairly expensive rate. We were delighted to find that we could purchase a weather station that met our needs. We were also glad that we check the weather station reviews, and we were able to assemble, mount and record the necessary data on our own at a reasonable cost. DIY is not always possible but in this case, it was not only possible but sort of a fun project.
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