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Monitoring weather conditions: All You need to Know

Weather is something that we all care about. Sometimes we like it while it is sunny and other times while it rains. It is, therefore, essential to monitor weather conditions. Prodata weather systems are a supplier of weather stations and accessories. The weather stations and the different weather accessories from Davis are used to monitor weather conditions.

Prodata is looking towards the issue of the smart farm in the future, where sensors and weather monitors will give early warnings on risks associated with adverse weather conditions, environmental monitoring, and preventing diseases and weeds. The Enviromonitor systems will be able to monitor weather conditions remotely. The data readings were taken when monitoring weather conditions include temperature, rainfall, soil conditions, water level, flow rate, and water pressure. Data is then passed via a system to the mobile network. A farmer can access the data using a smartphone and gets to know what the next weather condition is and which action the farmer should take such as, planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and spraying crops.

It is tough to predict the weather; therefore, using equipment that helps to monitor weather conditions and knows what the next action to take is is vital. Davis stations monitor weather conditions such as wind speed and direction, rainfall over various periods (daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly), the maximum rate of rain every day, barometric pressure, relative humidity, and air pressure.

Not everyone needs to monitor weather conditions, but schools, farmers, event organizers, and businesses need Enviromonitor systems. Schools benefit from weather stations while teaching subjects such as geography and climatic change studies. Event organizers to know when is the right time to have or handle events. Farmers need to monitor weather conditions so that they know when to plant, weed, spray, fertilize, and irrigate crops. Most businesses depend on weather conditions; by following the weather, they can keep records about future weather to avoid inconveniences.

There are Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) used to monitor weather conditions. An AWS consist of sets of sensors mounted outside to measure weather parameters, console unit installed inside to display the weather readings, and a data logger that links the system with the computer. The sensors that are mounted outside measure, wind speed and direction, temperature, rainfall, sunshine, humidity, and barometric pressure.

Technology is moving at a lightning pace; it is essential to have a weather link data logger that gets data from the system and sends it to the PC. It makes work easier because if one has to monitor weather conditions, the data is sent automatically to one’s computer.

Weather conditions that are mostly monitored are wind, rain, and temperature. The sensors should be placed outside and should be well exposed. Anemometer, which measures speed and direction, should be mounted high in the air. Temperature is measured using a thermometer, and it should be placed 4 feet above the ground. Rain gauge measure rain, it should be mounted high in the air and away from buildings and trees, which limit the amount of precipitation.