Weather Station ideas for Pagosa Springs weather observations

Polar Bear waving thanks from Pagosa Weather!

First – Thank you!

We wanted to extend a thank you to Vicki McBride who made a donation to Pagosa Weather this week.  Vicki went to San Juan Mercantile to make the donation.  I happened to be there visiting with Cindy, Sherry and Tom.  It was so wonderful to meet Vicki in person and to hear first hand how she appreciates our service.  So wonderful to meet you, Vicki, and you are most welcome.

Vicki had a few questions that I am sure others have, too.

What are a few good personal weather stations?

Professional Weather Station

Davis Vantage Pro 2

https://www.davisinstruments.com/vantage-pro2/

Home Weather Station

Ambient Weather WS-2902C

https://ambientweather.com/amws2902.html

AcuRite 01208M

https://www.weathershack.com/product/acurite-01208m.html

La Crosse Technology V40A-PRO

https://www.weathershack.com/product/la-crosse-technology-v40a-pro.html

Basic Home Weather Station

Acu Rite Weather Station with Large Color Display

https://www.acurite.com/shop-all/weather-instruments/weather-stations/weather-station-with-jumbo-color-display.html

All of these weather stations appear to get good reviews.

How far should the anemometer be from trees?

The anemometer or wind-whirly-thing-a-ma-jig should be twice as far from a tree or building as high as the tree or building is.  For example if the tree is 30 feet high, the anemometer should be 60 feet away from it. 

If that is not possible, try to place the weather station in as an open area as possible.  Take into special consideration what direction your highest winds come from.  You want as few as obstructions as possible from that direction. 

Also, it should be mounted at a height of 4 to 6 feet above the ground. The anemometer has to be perfectly level or you can lose some energy and the winds will reflect lower than what they are.

Good luck, Vicki!

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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4 Responses

  1. Hi Arlene,
    Meeting you was such a pleasant & most unexpected surprise!! It’s a joy to support Pagosa Weather.org.!! We thank You, Shaun & Mark for providing the residents of Pagosa & our surrounding areas with a uniquely valuable service. Your talents along with the selfless expenditure of your time & energy spent in assuring we have constant access to reliable weather forecasts & information is truly a blessing & gift to those of us living in these remote areas.
    Arlene, a special thanks for providing the variety of websites for home weather stations. The Extremely important information as to how & where we should best position our future weather station is particularly appreciated. Thank you for your gift of the snow measuring stick. It’ll act as a great backup in the event we lose power during one of our Rocky Mountain snow storms.

    1. Vicki, so good to hear from you! I’m glad to hear the information on the weather stations may be valuable to you. I look forward to your reports in the future.

      Again, thank you for your kind words. It makes our efforts so worth it.

    1. So very glad that it is working out for you. We certainly appreciate your weather reports, Keena!

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