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Measuring the Weather:The Weather Observer's Handbook provides a comprehensive, practical, and independent guide to all aspects of making weather observations. Automatic weather stations today form the mainstay of both amateur and professional weather observing networks around the world, and yet - prior to this book - there existed no independent guide to their selection and use. Traditional and modern weather instruments are covered, including how best to choose and to site a weather station, how to get the best out of your equipment, how to store and analyse your records, and how to share your observations with other people and across the Internet. From amateur observers looking for help in choosing their first weather instruments on a tight budget to professional observers looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide covering World Meteorological Organization recommendations on observing methods and practices, all will welcome this handbook.
Table of Contents
Why measure the weather? A history of meteorological observations
Choosing a weather station
Buying a weather station
Site and exposure - the basics
Measuring the Weather
Measuring the temperature of the air
Measuring atmospheric pressure
Measuring wind speed and direction
Measuring grass and earth temperature
Measuring sunshine and solar radiation
Observing hours and time standards
Dataloggers and AWS software
Non-instrumental weather observing
Metadata - what is it, and why is it important?
Making the Most of your Observations
Collecting and storing data
Making sense of the data avalanche
Sharing your observations
Summary and getting started
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