Traditional weather instruments in various shapes and sizes are usually bought as gifts or decorative items. They are usually mounted as a wooden plaque, a musical instrument, clock, or are sometimes framed with metal. These are then placed on table tops, cupboard shelves or mounted on the wall. Owners rarely use them for their technical or scientific purposes anymore i.e. telling the temperature or weather condition. They will show you what the weather will be like or whether there will be rain or severe storm, or whether the weather will be good.
Now, we can buy the modern commercial weather stations that are portable or we can choose to buy the complete weather stations that come with computer and online hook ups. There are various types of weather station to choose from. Weather stations built for home users are more accurate and rich in features. Instead of relying on websites to provide up-to-date weather condition for their local area, some prefer to have their own weather station to provide them with the real-time information. Weather conditions can affect trivial things in our daily life, e.g. like whether to hang out the washings or to paint your house, to choosing whether to stay indoors or outdoors.
There are also weather stations that are suitable for campuses and educational facilities. These are built to measure all kinds of weather threats, recording important information concerning the environment situation. These weather stations are fully automated with components that works with other tools and applications to monitor heat and humidity levels or thunderstorms for people involved in outdoor activities. The weather stations are also used to measure the rainfall for agricultural purposes. The weather information can be used for the preparation for severe, extreme weather and for the protection of residents and property.
One of the world’s largest weather station network is operated by Earth Networks. It has more than 12,000 neighbourhood-level sensors installed at schools, stadiums and businesses, plus residential areas. Earth Networks process the weather data from their 20 over weather variables daily, and deliver the complete analyses to customers through user friendly applications easily accessible on any electronic devices. The reports provide the most current conditions which is refreshed every few minutes, and collected from more than 2.6 million locations worldwide.
Schools, businesses and community can be made safer with the installation of weather stations on the rooftops for the safety of occupants or residents of the buildings. Weather forecasts help users prepare better for tomorrow. Users are easily accessible to their weather observing stations and cameras in their viewing area