Weather Radar Instruments for the Amateur Weather Buff

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Weather radar is a topic I can talk about all day. Weather Radar is a favorite subject of mine. I learned about it growing-up and later on the Internet. Yes, I did buy a few books on the subject.

It’s one those things you wish you could have done when you get older and start a new career. Although I would have loved to be a meteorologist, I did the best thing. I own a home weather station with which I can forecast the weather in my area.

It’s great to be able to look at my weather

equipment with the same results as those on TV. They also have the National Weather Radar Service (NWS), which gives me the information. When they have weather questions or want to know what the forecast is for the next day, my neighbors come to me.

They call me if they are going out of town to ask what my thoughts are about the weather in a place 400 miles away. They usually ask me to show them the weather map, as I cannot predict the weather in my area.

What do you know? The same could be done for you. It’s great fun, and it is comforting to know that the Weather Radar will change. I don’t have to wait for the news to update me or run to the TV to see the forecast information.

You only need a few basic weather instruments to forecast and learn about your weather. You’ll learn more about it as you go, but there are only a few tools you will need for now. You also have access to the NOAA and NWS weather maps on your personal computer.

NWS weather maps

The thermometer displays the temperature in the area

All of us have had a weather thermometer in our childhoods. The barometer measures the atmospheric pressure and tells you when weather is changing or likely change. The rain gauge simply records the amount of rain that fell in your area and gives you the total.

Anemometer and windvane are two instruments that can tell you where the wind is blowing and at what speed. You can also pick up a hygrometer and psychrometer if you wish. They both measure relative humidity which you will need later. You can either buy each component individually or all of them together in one box.

Unpack the box, take the sensors and instruments outside, install them, and then go inside to set up the software. The entire process took me around an hour. Now I am the local meteorologist.

Amateur meteorologists

are found all over the globe and they all share information and keep records of Weather Radar for their respective communities. Although most meteorologists aren’t formally trained, they enjoy it and have a lot to learn about weather.

Here are some recommendations if you’re looking for wireless home weather stations that are affordable. The price ranges from low to high, and the major difference lies in the technological advancements used in the instruments. Even if you are just starting to be a Weather Radar expert, most lower-priced stations will work well.

The Davis Instruments 6152 Wireless Vantage Pro2 and Standard Radiation Shield are the more expensive models. This is a great piece of technology that can be purchased for just $750. The Davis Instruments 6153 Vantage pro2 with 24-Hour Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield is another highly recommended high-end Weather Radar station.

The P3 INTERNATIONAL METRICS Wireless Professional Weather Station and the La Crosse WA-1340 Weather Radar Direct Talking Wireless Weather Tomorrow Station are two examples of excellent weather stations that don’t cost as much. Honeywell also makes great home weather stations, as does Oregon Scientific.