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
Home Weather Station
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
La Crosse Technology V40A-PRO
Basic Home Weather Station
Acu Rite Weather Station with Large Color Display
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!