A few simple rules of thumb:
- Do not place your weather station under a tree (the rainfall data will be incorrect)
- Do not place in an alleyway (could get wind tunnel effect)
- Place it in the clear with a good "fetch" or clearance from other objects.
Be careful with your rain collector
In theory you want the same amount of water you would have if your weather station was in the middle of the field right?
For that reason make sure there are no buildings or objects creating a "rain shadow".
Place it at least 5 feet away from the nearest object, if that object is over 5 feet then make sure its over 10 feet away.
Is Your Station Cabled or Wireless?
As you work on figuring out that perfect location, you will also need to take into account whether it is cabled and therefore needs to be near an outlet, or whether it is wireless, thereby giving you more flexibility and freedom.
Be Aware of the Instruments on Your Station
It's a good idea to also be aware of the various instruments on your station so that you can really figure out what the most ideal location is. Obviously, your climate station may not have every single bell and whistle - it depends on the model you purchased.
The typical sensors that you will find on a personal station are the rain gauge, hygrometer, thermometer, and anemometer, so you will need to take them all into consideration.
Start Getting Data Straight from Your Own Station
By using these tips, you’ll be able to find that perfect location to install your personal station, ensuring that the data you get is accurate and reliable.