A No-Brainer Guide to Mount the Weather Station Perfectly

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. 

A No-Brainer Guide to Mount the Weather Station Perfectly

Weather Station Mounting Requirements

weather station mounting ideas

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.  

Anemometer: 

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.

Rain Gauge: 

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

  • If the weather station is to be placed in a rural area, mounting conditions are optimum. The maximum benefit of the land must be done. Keep the sensors in open land without obstructions, which should be quite easy in rural areas.
  • It is a bit more challenging to mount weather stations in cities and suburban areas. The infrastructure around should be utilized. Installation on rooftops using tripods and side masts can be done. Mounting should be at least 10 feet above the roof level to prevent interference in the readings.
  • Many brands are manufacturing mounting kits to help in easy installation, so prefer buying the branded weather stations.
  • Mounting kits and solutions must be made of steel or aluminum in order to withstand harsh weather. Never use plastics.
  • Tripod mounts are ideal for mounting on the flat surfaces either on the ground or roof. We can place stakes and screws on the tripod holes.
  • A side mount can be used to install the station on the side of the house.
  • In case you are apprehensive about drilling your house and causing damage, you can use a chimney mount, which has straps for good stability.
  • Mounting poles can be used to create custom mounting options. TV antenna mounts are also suitable for fixing sensors.

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.

Ambient Weather EZ-NPP Tripod

Ambient Weather EZ-NPP Tripod

Davis Instruments 7716 Mounting Tripod

Davis Instruments 7716 Mounting Tripod

Ambient Weather EZ-48 Weather Station Tripod

Ambient Weather EZ-48 Weather Station Tripod

Pros

  • Less labor is required
  • No need for professional help
  • Easy maintenance and disassembling
  • Most accurate data

Cons

  • More risk of tampering due to easy access
  • More free space is required
  • No obstructions in the distance
  • No shaded areas can be used

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.

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • It can be moved easily
  • No professional help is required

Cons

  • Not a permanent fixture
  • The addition of masts is challenging

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.

Ambient Weather Side Mound Kit

Ambient Weather Chimney Mounting Kit

Ambient Weather Chimney/Side Mounting Kit

Pros

  • Easy access
  • No extra space for mounting

Cons

  • Tilting in case of improper mounting
  • Texts and displays can be affected
  • Installation needs professional assistance

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.

Ambient Weather Chimney Mounting Kit

Ambient Weather Chimney/Side Mounting Kit

Pros

  • More accuracy
  • No extra space is needed
  • Less risk of tampering
  • No obstructions

Cons

  • Professionals are best suited to install stations
  • Heat from the chimney may cause problems
  • Difficult to clean and maintain

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.

Davis 7717 Mounting Pole Kit

Davis to Mast Mounting Kit

Ambient Weather Mast to Mast Mounting Kit

Ambient Weather Mast to Mast Mounting Kit

Pros

  • No extra space requirements
  • Standoff devices are available in various sizes

Cons

  • Transmission is not smooth
  • Main mast must be very strong

Roof Mounting:(Pitched)

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.

Pros

  • Permanent fixture
  • Fewer chances of tampering
  • Not affected by heavy winds and rain

Cons

  • Installation time is long
  • Maintenance is difficult
  • Water leakage can be caused

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.

Pros

  • No extra space is required
  • Best for sensitive sensors
  • Low transmission range isn’t an issue

Cons

  • Extra help is necessary
  • Mount must be reliable
  • Smaller offsets block and overhang

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.

Pros

  • Lesser space
  • Easily accessible

Cons

  • Risk of fiddling
  • All mounting systems are not compatible

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.

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Harsh weather resistance

Cons

  • Holes must be drilled on the ship, which is risky
  • Screws may get loose during 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.

Pros

  • Weather station is portable
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Data may not be accurate during moving
  • Installation is tricky

Conclusion:

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.

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About the Author

Tim

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.