Do you own a home weather station? Do you have an internet connection and/or a computer that’s usually on? Then you should be sending your data out to “the world”!
The best way to do that is via CWOP
Citizens Weather Observing Program (CWOP) is the best route to go. Once you get your weather station up and running, submit a registration to the CWOP website (http://wxqa.com/) to get a station number and start sending data. Richard Collander at NOAA is the Program Manager for CWOP and will get in contact with you once you register. Richard’s email address is: Randall.S.Collander@noaa.gov
Once you start exporting data to CWOP, your data will become available on the NWS mesowest webpages that are used by many, many people to obtain meteorological data. The mesowest webpage is at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/gmap.php?map=pqr
The mesowest webpage has a google map background, so it’s easy to roam anywhere in the US.
There are other ways to view the data on maps. I have a few on my webpage in the “Observations” section.
Why CWOP instead of some other online network of weather stations?
Because this network feeds directly into MADIS which is the “master collection” of observations here in th USA. For example a TV station like KPTV can pull up most of those stations to use on-air. The other big network of weather stations (WeatherUnderground) does NOT do so. As a result the meteorological community does not have easy and automatic access to that data. If you only export to WxUnderground, please get a CWOP ID and export to that one as well. My home weather station software easily exports to both.
Some newer weather stations/software don’t need a computer running either. WeatherLink IP (Davis Instruments) has recently been updated to allow exporting of rainfall and peak gust data, that’s one way to avoid running a computer.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen