Ever been annoyed that the general weather forecast for your region does not reflect the actual weather at your place? Where do they get this stuff from, you wonder? The weather forecast indicated definite rain yesterday, but did it materialise? No way, Jose, not at my place! You’ve often wondered where exactly they measure the weather data (max/min temperature, rainfall etc.) when reporting for your city, because it seems to differ so markedly from what you experience. We all know that weather forecasting will never be an exact science, but why do they seem to get it wrong so often? Sometimes, to err on the side of caution, they will also provide a heavy weather warning when really, there is no rhyme or reason. That only leads to credibility problems and us doubting the forecasts in future.
We all know that weather can be highly variable across a forecast region. Showers might be forecast as a probability and, of course, if it’s a high probability one expects it to happen, which is often not the case. It must be quite a dilemma as to what data to convey to the media to present their weather forecasts, because they have to distil the information into a few minutes’ presentation, thus leaving us somewhat short of local specifics.
Another issue is the matter of weather statistics – what I want to know is what was the max/min temperature at my place yesterday, or wind speed during a storm, or rainfall over the past day or week etc. I’m really interested from time to time to look back over the past month or year and compare the data with that of the last year, or that of the same month in the previous year.
The solution that I’ve found really useful is to have a wireless weather station for home use. Instead of therefore having general data, I have data specific to the micro climate in my area. I can review and compare my data after major weather events and find that most interesting not only for myself, but as a conversation topic with friends and family.
Home weather stations vary in terms of features, with the simplest units mostly measuring just temperature and relative humidity, but more sophisticated home weather stations can measure the above plus rainfall and wind speed/direction as well. Some models connect to PC with special software supplied, so that data can be stored and graphed for later review.
As someone interested in the weather and its behaviour (and at my place in particular), I highly recommend you consider a wireless weather station.
Alf is a New Zealander interested in geography and weather, with multiple weather apps on his smartphone while traveling, and a wireless weather station for keeping tabs on the weather at his place. www.coolweatherstations.co.nz
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