Our School Weather Station
This is the website for the Reigate Grammar School weather station.
An automatic weather station (AWS Davis Vantage Pro2 model) was installed at Reigate Grammar School in August 2012. It collects a large amount of data continuously which is wirelessly streamed from the various instruments to a data logger and thence stored and analysed on a pc which is on all of the time. The pc then feeds data out to various websites where you can look at “live” weather data and summaries of Reigate weather. A huge amount of data is recorded but basically we measure temperature (celsius), rainfall (mm), barometric pressure (sea level pressure mb), humidity (RH%), wind speed (mph), wind direction and sunshine hours.
Temperature, rainfall, sunshine and related measurements are updated on websites every 10 minutes. Wind speed (mph) and direction is updated every 5 seconds: you can see every gust almost as it happens over the school! Each weather “day” starts at 9.00am GMT.
Regular checks and maintenance are also carried out to check for any disruptive influences or possible errors from the AWS. A program of calibration is also adopted.
The weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro2 automated weather station carefully sited according to Met Office criteria to record the most accurate weather data possible given our school’s suburban location. We supplement automated recordings with periods of traditional observations and manual data measurements to check and calibrate the automated sensors. A mini-stevensons screen houses a max/min thermometer and wet/dry bulb hygrometer. There are also two rain gauges: one traditional standard rain gauge and one “sprinkler” style to record rainfall. The anemometer and wind vane is located on a 5 metre pole above an exposed and elevated part of the school roof.
Blog posts are written for stimulating interest in the weather and for educational purposes and for the purpose of recording weather in this period of rapid climate change. Weather models from good quality meteorological websites are interpreted to create amateur forecasts for local use, interest and educational purposes. For decision making purposes please consult the MetOffice or similar professionally produced forecasts.
Any questions or comments about the school weather station or the data presented or the websites or anything weather related please contact Simon Collins at Reigate Grammar School. firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more here on how we set it up.