Two Tinytag Plus 2 (TGP-4020) data loggers and one Tinytag Ultra 2 (TGU-4020) are used in Trevor Goodall’s weather observation station. The data contributes to Trevor’s personal weather record, as well as being sent to other weather observers and the local community.
Trevor Goodall is an amateur weather observer
who started keeping instrumental weather records back in 1978.
Since then, he has operated three different weather
stations, all within an approximately 30km radius in North
East Yorkshire. His current observing station of 7 years is in a
small rural village around 12km from Scarborough.
Trevor uses many of the instruments typically found at a
standard climatological station: traditional glass air temperature
thermometers; a Stevenson Screen; rain gauge, barometer, wind vane
and anemometer; sunshine recorder, grass, concrete and earth
thermometers; and more. He is also a member of the
Climatological Observers Link and sends his
weather data to them every month. This data is used in a monthly
bulletin which includes the previous month's weather statistics,
observation notes, letters, and other information for weather
stations across the UK and abroad.
Located at the site near Scarborough, inside a Stevenson Screen,
a Tinytag Plus 2 (TGP-4020) data logger with a
thermistor probe measures the temperature just above
short-grass level. A second logger (within the same
Stevenson Screen), Tinytag Ultra 2 (TGU-4020), has its probe
placed on a concrete slab to measure temperature. Both of these
loggers measure the data at 3-minute intervals. A third logger -
another Plus 2 TGP-4020 - with its probe sited
inside a radiation shield is located approximately 2km away from
the main observing site to measure air temperature on open
farmland at 5-minute intervals, at a slightly lower
altitude than the main site, for comparison.
The main objective of Trevor's monitoring is to maintain
a weather record for his own use as an enthusiast, helping
to determine how climate changes over the years.
He enjoys sharing his readings and statistics with other weather
observers, particularly regionally, and has an interested following
from local residents who enjoy reading the monthly figures. The
local church newsletter also publishes a shorter report from Trevor
Trevor exports the data from the loggers into spreadsheets using
the Tinytag Explorer software. The data taken from
the two Tinytag data loggers located inside the Stevenson Screen is
used as a backup of measurements taken using traditional
thermometers, which guards against errors that may occur
when reading traditional thermometers. This also helps to fill in
any gaps in manual measurements, such as when Trevor is on holiday,
leading to an unbroken record of data.
The second Tinytag Plus 2 data logger, located on open farmland,
is the primary source of temperature data at this
location. This location is not easily accessible for
maintaining traditional instruments on-site.
Having heard about Tinytag data loggers from a weather observer
colleague, Trevor says, "I chose these loggers because
of their ruggedness, accuracy, and long battery life. It is also
easy to attach sensor leads of varying lengths as
Trevor finds Tinytag data loggers "ideally suited" to his needs,
especially as he finds the Tinytag Explorer software easy to use
and the data easily accessible to arrange into spreadsheets per his