Having the proper installation of a weather station is always crucial to ensure that it works correctly. Take the time to check out several weather stations and understand their mounting needs before you can even buy them.
Some weather stations might need you to take more time on installation, while others would be a breeze. You will probably need to choose a model that will be easier for you to install and troubleshoot.
Below are some ideas for mounting the weather station easily
Weather station location
You do not just get to mount the weather station anywhere. It is crucial that you find the right place that will help you get the best data. When it comes to searching for the right location, a lot of things come into play. You need to look for a place without any obstructions. The obstructions will often affect just how much data you can collect and its accuracy.
It is not just about the obstruction; you will need to focus more on the location of the console. For a wireless model, keep in mind the sensor range. You have to find a way of mounting the weather station within the correct range just as stated by the manufacturer.
With your weather station mounting hardware, it often determines just how you can mount the weather station. The most common options for mounting the weather stations would be ground mounting and rooftop mounting.
Ground mounting has many factors that come into play, so be careful at all times. The common instrument perfect for this method would be the wireless anemometer. You have to keep the anemometer away from buildings that could be an obstruction. The common rule would be keeping the anemometer far from the buildings. It is the reason you will find them in places such as a large field where there are no buildings or tall trees.
Rooftop mounting is another option you could choose if you do not have the luxury of ending up with ground mounting. With the rooftop mounting, there are no many rules to keep in mind, but rather you have to make sure it is mounted correctly. Incorrect mounting could lead to issues such as water leaks. The weather stations also mounted on the roof could be prone to the lightning strikes.
Dealing with heat sources
The direct exposure of the different weather instruments to direct heat is not commonly recommended. The direct exposure might not always result in the correct readings. The sensor unit and the console have to be always mounted away from the heat sources such as the exhaust vents, chimneys, heaters, and the air conditioners.
Surfaces that could radiate the heat such as asphalt concrete are not the best option to mount the sensors close to them. The reflected heat will influence the type of accuracy you get from such sensors.
Take care of birds and rodents
If you are going to use a cabled weather equipment, you need to think about variables such as birds and rodents. The rodents are often destructive; they would chew through the cable causing permanent damage to the cables. The best way to prevent such from happening, you will have to lay the cables running through the electrical conduit.
Birds in their weird way will end up building their nests in the rain gauge sometimes. Such an activity will of course lead to issues such as incorrect data from the rain gauge. Keeping the rain gauge in an open field as it would deter the birds from building their nests in it.
Solar powered weather station
Sometimes you have to install a weather station powered by solar power. To ensure that the panel can power the weather station effectively, you have to install the solar panel facing in different directions as the sensors. This ensures that the panel does not get any obstructions from the sensors and it can get as much solar energy as possible.
Mounting the weather station should be something that actually simple. The best way most of the time is just to follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the manual. You can always check out YouTube videos if you need extra tips on mounting the specific personal weather stations.