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Weather Forecasting Is Easy With The Right Instruments

Updated on August 8, 2009

Is Weather Forecasting Your Talent?

Do you think that forecasting the weather is difficult? If you answered "yes," you're wrong!  Weather forecasting on a local basis is really not that hard as long as you have some dependable weather instruments in your arsenal.


Of course you must know how to use those tools in order to forecast but, essentially, once you learn this, you will find that you can tell when the weather is going to change and just what those changes will bring.

Weather knowledge is rampant on the Internet and if you look around just a bit you can find all the information you need to be able to predict weather changes accurately. Certain types of instruments and tools are readily available online and are relatively inexpensive when you compare them to the types of sophisticated tools that the professional meteorologists use daily.  Of course you won't be on that level of sophistication as an amateur weather forecaster but you will be able to use simple weather gadgets for your own area.

Some simple instruments that you will need include such items as indoor outdoor thermometers, barometers, anemometers, hygrometers, windvanes and rain gauges. Once you get access to local or regional weather maps furnished by the NOAA and the National Weather Service, you can look at them and compare the readings you get from your own instruments and predict certain weather patterns. You can even determine when and where these patterns will go and how they will affect your area.

Anemometers measure wind speed, thermometers measure temperature, barometers measure atmospheric pressure, hygrometer measure humidity, windvanes give you wind direction and rain gauges, obviously, tell you how much rain has fallen in your locale.

With this basic information you're ready to tackle basic weather forecasting. Once you put all the data that your instruments gather together and learn how to decipher that data, you will surprise even yourself by determining tomorrow's local weather pattern. Will you always be right? Heck no. Even the professionals are wrong sometimes but it is simply challenging and fun to match your predictions with the "big boys of weather."

If you want to buy or acquire each of these instruments seperately, you can do so but it's much easier if you get them all in one package called a wireless home weather station. These multi-tasking units can be found easily online and they are not as expensive as they used to be. A quick search of "home weather stations" will supply you with enough information that you can pick virtually any respectable unit that you choose.

Some of the more popular home weather stations include such models as the La Crosse Technology Professional Weather Station with a cost of about $130, or the Oregon Scientific Advanced Pro Weather Station at around $350. Each has it's pros and cons. You have to decide which station is best for you.  Read the descriptions of each and do some research and you'll wind up with just what you need.

Amateur meteorology is a lot of fun and the learning curve is not that difficult to master. Try it and you'll be amazed at what you can learn and forecast. It's a great way for kids to get in touch with nature too.


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