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spyboy
01-21-2008, 06:55 AM
What's the best location to install a home weather station? Peak of the roof, off the back deck, on top of a detached garage?

Down in the yard?

This would be for a weather station that has rain gauge, temp and wind speed

Kirk

Bill O
01-21-2008, 07:03 AM
I hate to say it, but down in the yard. Temp should be measured at 2 meters. Rain doesn't really matter, but it shouldn't be near trees or structures. Ideally, the wind should be at 10 meters, but that would be rare for a home weather station.

You really want to avoid having the temperature on the roof. It will be too hot in the summer and too warm in the winter (the coldest air is near the ground).

spyboy
01-21-2008, 07:28 AM
What about splitting up the equipment and mounting in different locations?

Although I guess wind speed on a roof peak will get amplification from the pitch of the roof.

Bill O
01-21-2008, 07:55 AM
What about splitting up the equipment and mounting in different locations?


That would be ideal. I think there is a magic number with putting an anemometer on the roof. Once you get a certain height above the roof the error goes way down.

Make sure the precip gauge is easy to get to as well. It tends to get filled with debris and insects.

6288
01-21-2008, 08:15 AM
I agree, you really must seperate them if you want serious results. Even 2M temps will be greatly influenced if too close to structures or paved roads. You may have to experiment a bit before finding that "sweet" spot.