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Weather Station Mounting Ideas
In this article, we’ll provide a handful of weather station mounting ideas, and also discuss products available to accommodate those ideas. If you haven’t yet selected which weather station you’re going to purchase, you’ll want to do that first so you can select a mount that accommodates your specific model.
The location used for setting up a weather station is critical in getting accurate readings for your weather data. Weather station mounting is critical, and if done correctly from day one, it will leave you with fewer headaches later. It will also ensure you don’t have remount it again in the future.
We’ve seen mounts from both Ambient Weather and Davis Instruments. Since many home weather station use similar mounting styles, they are often not brand-specific. For instance, most Ambient and Davis weather stations will fit on many of the mounts listed below that are 1.25″ or 1.375″ in diameter. On the other hand, AcuRite weather stations require slightly different mounts using a smaller diameter pole (1″), meaning slightly different mounts. We’ve identified AcuRite-specific solutions here, AcuRite Weather Station Mounting Solutions. There are different sizes used on different brands. It’s always good practice to check the product details and questions asked on the Amazon product page to see if it will work for your specific weather station model.
When determining how to mount a weather station, you’ll want to give strong consideration to the mounting materials. Please keep in mind that that the mount should last for years and endure whatever the harshest conditions are in your area. In many places, that probably means rain, snow, ice, high winds, and temperature extremes.
Some manufacturers have mounting products made of plastic. Although these parts won’t rust when exposed to rain or snow, they may not last as many years through high winds. Alternatively, when using metals, you’ll need to be mindful of rust. Stainless and galvanized steel are materials that will stand up to the rain and snow and not rust. Many of the weather station mounting kits available through Ambient Weather and Davis Instruments are made from either stainless or galvanized steel.
Types of Weather Station Mounting Products
There are numerous weather station mounting ideas and products out there. Several are classified here. The most common fit into one of the following categories: Tripods, Masts, and what I’m going to refer to as “Side Mounts”.
Side mounts are the most flexible for installing your weather station, depending on where you want to put it. They can accommodate both flat and angled surfaces. Here are some of the more popular side mounts available:
Tripods are pretty self-explanatory. They are a nice, stable way to mount a weather station to a flat, horizontal surface. Something to note however, the tripods with 3 legs are made for natural ground or a roof, however it will require holes in the roof. On the other hand, the platform tripod (EZ-NPP) can be used on a flat roof with by weighing it down with concrete blocks or something similar.
A mast is basically a tall vertical weather station mounting pole. Masts come in different heights from only a few feet tall to hundreds of feet for some professional uses. In addition, you can also find other great weather station mounting kits, brackets, and other solutions.
Where to Mount Weather Stations
Popular places to mount weather stations include on a roof top, a chimney, a fence, or mounting completely stand-alone. You’ll need to keep siting recommendations with each of these to make sure it’s the best location for accuracy. If you haven’t read our Weather Station Installation Guide, now would be a good time to refer back to that article. It describes what kinds of obstructions you need to avoid for each of the weather instruments.
Before making a final decision where to mount your weather station, remember to keep in mind its power source. Does it require batteries like the AcuRite Atlas weather station? If so, you might want to plan ahead for battery changes. Is it a solar-powered weather station like the Davis Vantage Pro2? If this is the case, you won’t have the same need to get to it regularly.
A roof is a popular place to mount a weather station since it’s fairly easy to get the anemometer higher than any nearby obstructions. A weather station roof mount can come in two main types, flat or pitched. Flat roofs accommodate tripod stands nicely, whereas pitched roofs often require something more like the side mount products. Something to keep in mind when mounting a weather station on a roof is the maintenance your unit requires. Namely, will you need to get to it often?
Chimneys typically call for side mounts. The side mounts listed above are good options. The option below is specifically made for chimneys. It’s neat if that’s what you’re specifially looking for. However, not very flexible for other uses. On the other hand, if you’re not sure, go with one from the “side mounts” section above.
Mounting a weather station on its own is sometimes the best way to get it free from nearby obstructions. This is especially the case if you have an open field that will accommodate your weather station. There are tripods as well as taller masts that are recommended for such applications.
Existing Pole Installation
If you already have an existing pole for something else in your backyard, you might be able to use it for your home weather station mounting purposes as well. Mast to mast mounting brackets are available and might accommodate your needs.
I’ve seen endless types of homemade mounts for weather station sensor placement. Some seem to work great, yet others don’t last. Here are a few examples.
Summary of Weather Station Mounting Ideas
To summarize, there are many different types of weather station mounting solutions made for various applications. In many cases, you might have what you need laying around the house and hopefully this article has given you some inspiration to get it done. If you don’t have the materials, or just not sure where or how to mount your weather station, the guide above, along with our Installation Guide should help tremendously.