Weather Meters

Written by Sierra Rein
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Weather meters are responsible for giving professional and amateur weather forecasters the information necessary to inform or warn the public about any up and coming storms, sunshine or temperature changes. They help commuters leave their homes early during rainstorms and cause travelers to book vacations during sunny days. These meters also help rescue workers by giving them plenty of time to prepare themselves for any possible floods, power outages and boat capsizes.

Digital weather meters are also indispensable when it comes to personal safety, especially for professional and weekend boaters and sailors. A single palm-sized unit can display a number of different variables, including wind speed (current, maximum and average), temperature, wind chill, heat stress index, barometric pressure and dew point. All of this data can lead to conclusions about proper sailing techniques and warn everyone on board that a storm may be in the future.

Those who decide to rough the extreme outdoors for work-related activities, like arctic core-sampling research and global warming studies, must bring weather meters along with them. Some of these meters are incredibly sophisticated and require years of training to set up and understand. However, for simple readings, some professionals choose to use consumer meters to help them with their professional applications.

Non-Professional Uses for Weather Meters

There are many individuals who take a hobby in paying attention to the patterns and extremes of the weather in their location. Nature and weather photographers often take along weather meters to make sure the conditions will not harm their expensive and delicate equipment and to warn them against any dangerous weather patterns. Hikers and backpackers, especially those who traverse high mountaintops in remote parts of the globe, always take along meters to protect themselves against potentially freezing circumstances and to give themselves a realistic outlook regarding the rest of their journey.


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