To most people, the thought of weather station mounting ideas is quite daunting. However, if properly done, the set up is easy, and the station can be up and running within a few minutes.
Placement of the station matters the most, and even the most expensive weather station with the latest cutting edge technology can perform poorly if not placed ideally. The sensors need to be in a place with maximum exposure for the collection of accurate data.
Weather Station Mounting Requirements
Mounting requirements usually vary from different types of sensors and manufacturers, as well as climate, environment, and other factors. The device can be positioned on the ground or rooftops. You can go with Rooftop mounting if there is a lack of open spaces but be careful with the lightning strikes and water leaks.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Mounting Different Sensors
Thermometer and Hygrometers:
They must be placed at an eye-level, a minimum of 4 to 6 feet above the ground on a natural surface is enough. The horizontal distance is at least twice the height of the nearest obstructions. They must be kept away from heat and evaporation sources.
They should be mounted at 33 feet above the ground level and ideally at least thrice the distance of the diameter of the mast when placed on the side. The horizontal distance is ten times the height of the nearest obstruction.
Preferably mounting should be done 4 to 6 feet above the ground at eye level on surfaces where no splashing can occur. The horizontal distance must be four times the height of the nearest object.
Single Sensor/ All in one Sensor:
The ideal height is between 33 feet (anemometer) and 6 feet ( rain, temperature, and humidity sensors). The best choice is somewhere around 10 feet.
Things to Consider During Weather Station Mounting
Weather Station Mounting Ideas
Ground Mounting on Grass or Dirt Using Tripod:
In case of extensive open grounds with minimum obstructions, this type of ground mounting is preferred. It can be mounted on a tripod or side mount as per requirements as well. It is one of the most common and easy mounting solutions.
The weather station should not come in direct contact with the ground in order to prevent damage. A tripod or pole can be used to keep it above ground level.
Ground Mounting on Concrete Floors:
Ground floors are usually made of cement and concrete, and mounting can be done on terraces and floors if there aren’t many obstructions and more space.
A non-penetrating mount with a stable platform can be used. Cinder blocks and sandbags are also used. Relocating the sensor array is quite easy.
Mounting on Side of Buildings/Walls/Fence Post:
If there are no other options, the side of buildings, walls, and fence posts can be used for mounting as long as they are robust, stable, and durable.
A secure mounting kit with horizontal offsets is usually used for fixing the station. Drilling to the side using lag screws also helps to mount.
Mounting on Chimney:
If the weather station's transmission range is wide and high enough, then to place the station at the best possible distance with no obstacles, chimney mounting is preferred.
Individual chimney mounting poles are available in the market either designed for mounting permanently by drilling or some that can be used to attach the station by straps. However, chimney mounting pipes need to be bought separately.
Mast to Mast Mounting:
We can mount weather stations on existing masts like radio or TV antennas if the mast is sturdy. An existing flagpole can also be considered. A standoff is used to connect one mast to another mast.
Pitched roof mounting is best suited for those with lesser space or non-concrete roof, as the station can be attached using screws onto tar pads by drilling holes.
Mounting on Eaves:
It is a common mounting location. Some sensors are recommended to be mounted on eves by the manufacturer. It is the best choice when there is a lack of space to do pitched roof mounting.
There are horizontal offsets and a special weather station sensor suite for the proper hanging of the sensor. It provides the necessary protection for sensitive sensors.
Chain Linked Fence Mounting:
It is a unique mounting solution. It is usually considered in industrial or farm sites. Chain linked fence mounting requires mounts that can be fixed on the post of the fence.
Mounting on Boats:
Apart from land, weather stations are also needed in marine locations to observe, record, and predict weather conditions at sea. Stations are usually mounted on boats and can withstand heavy storms and harsh seas.
The mounting kits are strong and stainless. It will help you greatly in the sea, allowing you to make plans ahead and warn you about harsh weather and storms.
Mounting on Vehicles:
Weather stations can also be mounted on automobiles, vehicles, and trailer units. It is a boon to those who frequently travel in their vehicles. Portable weather stations are mounted in this manner.
These are the mounting solutions available for Weather Stations. The trick in choosing the best one depends on your location, nearby infrastructure, and other factors. Choose a mounting idea best suited for you and your station.
About the Author
I am Tim, a weather enthusiast who loves to watch hurricanes and all other harsh weather conditions. I studied B.Sc(Meteorology) at the University of Miami. With excellent knowledge of Weather Forecasting, Meteorology, and Environmental Science, I am currently working in San Francisco as a Meteorologist. Also, I am a member of The Weather Channel and AccuWeather. In this blog, I will write a detailed review of Weather instruments that you need for survival and other activities.