Friday, April 02, 2010

How Does a Personal Weather Station Work!

A few readers have asked me offline how one of my many avocations in retirement, weather monitoring, works.  I’m sure there are lots of ways. 

Below is a screen capture of the station I maintain and as it appears on a website.  Some information, e.g. soil moisture is just for my use and doesn’t appear here.  But the rest uploads every five minutes via the Internet along with 8,000 others in North America and 10 or so in various parts of Durham to the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP.) Capture  

The date goes through a quality check and then to the NOAA server (National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration.)

From there it is accessed by 500 different users including the National Weather Service and the others on this partial list.:

  • NWS Weather Forecast Offices
  • National Center for Environmental Prediction
  • National Ocean Service
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Denver Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
  • Colorado Avalanche Information Center
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratories
  • University of Utah
  • Penn State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Alaska
  • University of North Dakota
  • Hampton University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Hawaii
  • Florida State University
  • Weather Underground
  • It is interesting, fun and useful. I can also use info from my station via to map storms and cloud cover or temperature and precipitation when I go for a ride like I did today to Asheboro and back to take in the air museum and the great Harley museum there.

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