Local weather forecasting is a difficult and tedious job often filled with a lot of expectations coupled with added responsibility, especially when the forecasting may be incorrect. This has spawned an increasing number of technologically advanced gadgets and frequently studied data to effectively manage this task.
Weather ranges from a variety of instances, including situations when the when the sun heats the surface of varying locations on the Earth causing a range of different temperatures within the atmosphere. Air which rises as a result of this distributed heat is known as a depression as when the air falls will give rise to what is known as an anticyclone.
Both of these climatic conditions will give rise to existing winds which will adversely result in varying types of weather. The presence of a depression will be a strong indication for a large concentration of moisture within the atmosphere which most likely results in rainfall or snow. In the situation of an anticyclone one can expect dry and quite hot weather during the summer months with clear skies during the winter seasons. In events when a depression and an anticyclone collide the result is seen in the development of thunderstorms.
Meteorologists with this knowledge have been able to accurately forecast weather conditions by observing rising and falling air temperatures within the atmosphere using a thermometer. High and low pressures are observed using a barometer with wind speeds calculated using what is known as an anemometer.
The presence of humidity within the atmosphere carried by wind is measured with the use of a hygrometer as meteorologists will determine the direction of the weather conditions by the prevailing winds with the use of a find vane. The average weather station used by meteorologists and forecasters contain all these essential tools used to effectively monitor and predict instances of specific weather conditions.
Most home weather stations are basically electrical based tools that are effectively driven by a microprocessor used to determine functions and issue commands to the relative sensors within the weather station. Calculated readings and results can be observed on an electronic display or even transmitted to a nearby wireless device, computer, or even a mobile phone. Individuals worldwide are now setting up home weather stations to enable them to effectively plan their schedules accordingly with respect to the forecasted weather made available to them by such weather stations.
The average weather station regardless of the make and model will effectively monitor both indoor and outside readings relative to current temperatures, humidity, wind speeds and direction, barometric air pressure, dew points and wind chill. There are also some weather stations which are capable of providing digitized outputs respective to weather forecasts which can be transmitted to monitors when attached to certain devices.
Professional weather stations seen at local airports, rescue departments and even on construction sites are specifically programmed and equipped to effectively monitor and record weather activities and are capable of analyzing these specific weather patterns and conditions to provide an accurate as possible weather forecast.
Such weather stations have been known to include the use of solar radar detectors, ultraviolet sensors, visibility sensors and wind collecting devices.
Regardless of the technological advances made in the areas of weather predicting, forecasts are never 100% accurate. Limitations are often rooted in, the specific location, exact time of data collected, and the time taken to relay such data will often affect the accuracy of the weather forecast.