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Weather Station Equipment

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Sifting through all of the weather station equipment choices available can be a difficult task if you aren't familiar with the lingo. Of course there are terms that we are all familiar with: thermometer, barometer, dew point, and wind chill are common on the evening news. Other terminology can be difficult to pronounce, let alone understand.

Many personal weather stations include readouts for heat index, a hygrometer, and some even include more complex weather station equipment such as a UV index. Understanding what the values of such tools mean makes for a more comprehensive understanding of the weather.

Heat index is the apparent temperature of humid air. For example, the National Weather Service calculates that the heat index of an 80-degree (F) day with a relative humidity of 65% will feel like 82 degrees F. Hygrometers are used to measure the humidity and dew point of the air, usually in degC of degF. The UV index is a numerical value displayed in MEDs, and refers to the level of UV radiation entering the atmosphere. 1 MED will affect lighter or darker skin types differently, so please consult the appropriate safety information.

Simplifying the Technical Language of Weather Station Equipment

Most home weather stations include documentation that will explain all of the weather station functions, and some products will graph trends and values directly on the screen. Technical values and units of measurement can make the simplest concept seem complex, but weather stations are designed specifically to simplify your life. Let them do the hard work for you.


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