The positioning of the station is fundamental to ensuring that accurate data is collected. A few prerequisites must be followed:
- The area around the station should be free from any obstructions. It should be placed at a distance to the nearest obstacle of at least four times the obstacle’s height (hedges, farmhouses, silos, electric pylons, wind turbines etc.).
- The station must be positioned away from any installation or surface that emits heat and could distort the temperature recordings (e.g. paved ground).
- The station must be away from any water sources, forests or woodland, as these would modify the humidity values recorded and make them less representative.
- The ground where the station is placed must be flat and the station must be absolutely level (this can be checked using the bubble level integrated into the station).
- The quality of the low-connectivity network that allows data to be sent from the station to the application must be adequate. We would be happy to evaluate the capacity of the network to transmit the data to your plot. Just ask via our application (Menu > Help).
Following these specifications will let you collect data that reflects as closely as possible the true conditions on your plots. In order to optimise data collection, it is also sensible to choose a place that is representative of your land. If there are numerous weather stations distributed around your farm, you could alternatively choose a place where the meteorological conditions are ‘extreme’ in order to anticipate interventions that would be needed in the rest of your plots.
WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION (WMO), 2018. Guide to Instruments and Methods of Observation. ISBN 978-92-63-10008-5. https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=10179.