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Old 06-05-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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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
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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?

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Old 06-05-2009, 08:06 PM   #2
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This looks promising: http://www.weathermatrix.net/wxstation/ There is a community forum there and they collaborate their data, sounds like fun.
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:16 PM   #3
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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.
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I know that you said you wanna build a stationery spot, but check this out.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%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?
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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!
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