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broncosteven
06-05-2009, 07:25 PM
I am interested in building a weather station with my 6 year old this summer.

Does anyone here have their own weather stations or weather projects at home or know of anything cool?

My goals are:

Intro my daughter to the scientific method
teach her to log data over time and chart it.
build fun projects that expose her to earth sciences
challenge me


I am looking to start with a rain gauge, temp, winddirection wind speed station.

I don't want digital, would do homebrew. From some intial searches I found a cool book that involves coding on a PC.

I don't want kiddie tools, I am looking for mid to low range gear that will last a couple years.

Anyone with any tips or weather boards they use?

Thanks

lazarus4444
06-05-2009, 08:06 PM
This looks promising: http://www.weathermatrix.net/wxstation/ There is a community forum there and they collaborate their data, sounds like fun.

gyldenlove
06-05-2009, 08:16 PM
Are you looking to run wires from your gauges to a pc? or just do readouts?

You could add a barometer and hygrometer and measure pressure and humidity as well.

loborugger
06-05-2009, 08:23 PM
I know that you said you wanna build a stationery spot, but check this out.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://biomet.ucdavis.edu/frostprotection/Start%26StopSprinklers/FP001_files/image002.jpg&imgrefurl=http://biomet.ucdavis.edu/frostprotection/Start%26StopSprinklers/FP001.htm&usg=___NAt_ypQfYfDEZlG6gb0LTi13Uc=&h=409&w=494&sz=18&hl=en&start=46&um=1&tbnid=hKiVaxQ9gMSEOM:&tbnh=108&tbnw=130&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsling%2Bpsychrometer%26ndsp%3D18%26hl %3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN%26start%3D36%26um%3D1

You wet one thermometer, spin it around in a circle til its dry, measure the difference between the wet bulb and dry bulb, consult a chart, and that gives you relative humidity. How cool is that when you are 6?

broncosteven
06-05-2009, 08:38 PM
Are you looking to run wires from your gauges to a pc? or just do readouts?

You could add a barometer and hygrometer and measure pressure and humidity as well.

Just a place to get started with a bunch of projects. I don't want to have to rebuy gear, do it right the 1st time!