Robust data loggers monitor environmental conditions over time to provide readings for comparison with an automatic weather station, and for submission to the Met Office and the Climatologist Observers Link.
David King is an amateur climatologist who runs
the website www.weatherwithouttechnology.co.uk The
aim of the website is to inform and demonstrate that you do not
need technology to predict weather at least three months and in
some cases six months ahead, with a reasonable (85/90%
consistent) accuracy. The site is used by numerous businesses,
organisations, weather amateurs and professionals, as well as the
David's methods are a combination of using the phases of the
moon with ancient, reliable moon weather data; the tides; nature's
signs, birds, animals, flora and fauna; some 5000 sayings and much
local data going back 40 years. This combines into a tried and
tested methodology to produce weather patterns/predictions
months before they occur. David aims to demonstrate that
while modern technology is invaluable for short term forecasting
(day to day weather), no computer system will be able to replicate
or predict what nature can tell us.
David is using a Tinytag Plus 2 data
logger and a Tinytag
Thermohygrometer to record temperature and relative
humidity. Both loggers are contained with a standard Stevenson Screen and are
used to monitor on a permanent 24 hour basis, working as a
back-up to, and a verification of, all such readings taken from a
DAVIS VP2 automatic weather station that is positioned
elsewhere in the garden. They also provide back-up for the
certified and tested sheathed Max, Min and standard thermometers
also used with the same Stevenson Screen.
The data is used for daily weather submissions to the
Met Office Weather Observations Website (WOW), and is
submitted monthly to the Climatologist Observers Link (COL), an
organisation that has been publishing monthly reports of the
weather for over 40 years. The data is also referred to when
special requests are made for weather data for a particular day or
period (insurance companies find such specialised data vital).
David finds the Tinytags to be reliable, robust and
accurate. He comments, "They are exactly what I
require for my use, the battery life is excellent, they are
virtually fail-safe too. I would not now be without
The Royal Meteorological Society (RmetS) has purchased Tinytags
and these are loaned to members for usage.