Local weather stations provide an overview of things such as air temperature, barometric pressure, rainfall amount, relative humidity, and wind direction/speed in your local area.
While you may have a weather station to monitor conditions in your backyard, mesoscale networks are set up to look at the weather at a larger scale in your area and provide a broader picture than what your average backyard weather station can provide.
Such networks are also useful for sharing your own weather data on, and for making use of other local stations' data.
While your personal weather station provides information specific to your backyard, viewing data from various local stations can give a broader overview of your local area or can show you other personal weather stations in your local vicinity.
But how do you find local weather stations?
Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and have put together a comprehensive guide of websites where you can find local weather stations.
The good news is that finding local weather stations is now easier than ever before, thanks to the numerous websites and search engines dedicated to sourcing local weather stations.
Weather Underground is a huge network of personal weather stations. The site boasts 250,000 weather station submissions worldwide, so you’ll likely find one close to you.
All you need to do is enter your zip code, city, or state in the search bar in the right-hand corner of the home page, and you’ll find a list of live weather stations in your specified location.
The stations will appear under their Weather Underground station ID. You can also use the Wundermap tab on the right-hand side of the page, which is a navigational map of home weather stations.
This tool also provides overlays such as a radar for precipitation and a satellite view for cloud cover, you can also use the controls at the bottom to view the map over a specific period.
Citizen Weather Observation Program, known also as CWOP, is a personal weather station network that focuses more on quality weather data rather than the number of weather stations it offers.
That said, it still has more than 7,000 contributing weather stations in North America so you may find a station situated close to you.
To access this data you need to go to http://www.wxqa.com/states/NV.html and then replace the "NV" with your state identifier. It’ll then enable you to choose from a list of weather station identifiers and cities to find the nearest weather station to you.
Then simply click on the city and the info on that station will pop up. For an even more specific search, you can source weather station reports from around that city by copying and pasting the ID from the “call” column after the “=” in this link: http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxnear.cgi?call=
Additionally, you can also find CWOP weather stations near you online at https://aprs.fi/, and, if your browser has geolocation enabled, this website should then open with a map of your general location.
You can also view all of the CWOP weather stations on a world map at http://www.kanonbra.com/maps/cwop/all_stations_in_map.html - simply zoom in and navigate to your location.
Thanks to the reliability and quality of CWOP’s sources, the organization often shares its weather data with multiple public and private agencies, organizations, and groups.
AWEKAS is an abbreviation for “Automatic Weather map System”, and the site is a global network of weather stations and uses colorful graphs and dials to present their data.
All you need to do is enter your country and city in the search box in the upper left corner and click search.
Windy was founded in 2014 as the pet project of a keen kiter, helicopter, and jet pilot.
The company’s goal is to keep Windy small and fast so that it's accessible in the most remote locations, meaning you may find a local weather station here if you're unable to on some of the large databases.
The site makes use of data from weather stations, webcams, and has more weather map overlays than any other site, allowing you to view elements such as temperature, air quality, and even waves, all on a real-time map on their homepage.
WeatherFlow is a new weather station that already has a sizable following and offers a host of weather stations from across the US.
It’s basically a static map that provides you with real time weather data for your specific area.
Bloomsky is another free network that makes use of data from private Bloomsky weather stations across the country.
This website allows you to see photographs and videos from the built-in cameras in Bloomsky stations.
Netatmo creates a range of consumer electronics, including weather stations. Their weather map allows public access to their network of weather stations.
It doesn’t span quite as widely as some of the other websites, but its popularity is growing and so it’s likely that we’ll see more US-based local weather stations in the coming months and years as Netatmo continues to grow.
We hope you enjoyed this collection of resources and found them useful.
With a range of free websites and maps out there - including many we haven’t listed here - we’re sure you’ll be able to find weather stations near you with no trouble at all.
And, as weather data becomes increasingly local and hyper-local, it’s likely that there will be more and more weather stations and weather maps to make use of in the coming years…