Backyard Weather Instrument


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A weather instrument or two in your backyard will tell you volumes about what's going on out there!

You don't need weather instruments to tell you when it's snowing... all you need is a window. But to anticipate frosts and freezes, rain, snow, and other weather events at your place can save lives. The information will allow you to cover plants and otherwise protect tender plants and pets.

A weather station packages several sensors in one electronic device. It will tell you even more. It will measure and report a variety of information, such as:.

  • Outside temperatureweather instrument
  • Daily high and low temperatures
  • Barometric pressure
  • Outside humidity
  • Dew point
  • Daily and yearly rainfall
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Wind chill
  • Inside temperature and humidity

Weather watchers live all around the world, and South of Flagstaff folks are right in there with them, observing conditions with their own backyard devices. Thank goodness we don't have hurricanes or tornadoes to contend with here.

Severe weather visits us each year in the form of winter snow storms, occasional spring flooding in runoff areas, and high spring winds. We appreciate the moisture, so we welcome them.

For the past few years we seem to always be looking for more snow and rainfall, and not just for the good of local lakes and streams... and we received it during the winter of 2004-2005.


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Rain and snow play a big part in reducing the forest fire danger and keeping the bark beetles in check. Since we live in the world's largest ponderosa pine forest, these are of significant concern.

Moisture in the ground and trees, humidity, and winds are critical elements in the summer fire danger level. And ironically, the very welcome monsoon rains are delivered by thunderstorms... accompanied by lightning.

Our pine forest has too many trees crowded together and too little moisture. These conditions cause stress on the trees in the form of low pitch production. Pitch is a tree's defense against bark beetles, according to the experts.


South of Flagstaff is a large area. Conditions measured at the official National Weather Service site may be significantly different than conditions in your backyard.

The weather in your own backyard is interesting. It's just smart to know what's going on out there. 

A weather instrument or station suitable for observing at your place can easily be found on the internet.

Here are links to a couple of places to try, or maybe a seller will advertise on this page.

  • The WeatherShack

  • Birdwatchers Digest

And another thing, remember those people you buy gifts for that "have everything they need?" Well, I'll bet they don't have a weather instrument!

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