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Guidelines for observing the weather

How can you make high quality weather observations?

RMetS Editor
27 February 2019

Guidelines for Observing

Meteorological observations have never been more in demand, nor more widely available. The Society has released a set of guidelines for people wishing to make high quality observations, which can be downloaded here.

Weather Observations Website 

In June 2011 the Met Office, with support of the Royal Meteorological Society and the Department for Education, launched a new website for the collection of user-generated weather observations.

The Weather Observations Website (WOW) offers an exciting online way for weather enthusiasts to submit their own manual and automatic weather observations. This source of observations is a valuable extra source of meteorological information to forecasters, particularly in severe weather events and their onset, where a high density of albeit more variable quality data is especially useful. For example, in snow events or heavy rain events, having access to high density surface data gives extra confidence in the extent and development of such events, helping provide rapid updated guidance on the evolution of such weather situations.

WOW also enables the upload of weather related photos or one-off weather reports such as “it is snowing” or “I have just seen lightning”. Users are able to view data on maps, and in tabular and graphical formats.  Schools are also an important target audience, where local data can add real relevance to their work.

Weather Watchers

We are delighted to be the BBC's official partner for Weather Watchers.

Our role includes providing educational content as well as material for the Weather Watchers website, all with the aim of helping you understand the weather and fully engage with Weather Watchers. 

Climatological Observers Link

COL is an organisation for people who are interested in the weather.

Its members are mainly amateur meteorologists, but many professionals and observers from schools, universities and research establishments also belong to COL.

 

Resources

Setting up a Weather Station
Guide to Setting up a School Weather Station
Detailed Weather Station Guide
AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION SITE MANAGERS' GUIDE
AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION SITE AUDITORS' GUIDE
A comparison between two types of widely used weather stations
Personal weather stations and sharing weather data via the internet
Simple investigations of local microclimates using an affordable USB temperature logger