There is so much more that a weather station can tell you, and we certainly use those things. However, let’s face it, the simple measurement you normally default to is the temperature. Sure, you might be curious about how much rain fell overnight, or how strong the winds peaked at – but you still want to know just how hot or cold it is outside.
As the crow flies we live 16 miles from the nearest official National Weather Service station, and 8 miles from the next government run station, at a Naval Air Station. But if you have ever even looked at a simple radar reading then you know that even a quarter-mile can mean a downpour, or dry weather.
Protect your Plants from Freezing
But surely something as simple as the temperature can’t vary that much, right? At this time of year many plants start growing, but then the temperature takes a random dip, and poof, a hard freeze kills your crops or landscaping (We use simple 6mil Plastic Sheeting to cover our plants).
Take a look at these images.
Local Weather Readings
This is from the current reading from the National Weather Service. The readings are taken from that station 16 miles away and they guess what our temperature should be. It says 34F.
Cold, for here at least, but not a freeze, let alone a hard freeze. Everything we have growing right now would be just fine, uncovered, at 34F.
And, if we don’t have to go through the efforts of course, if we don’t have to go through the efforts of covering up our plants, we don’t want to. I’m lazy, after all.
Now take a look at this. This is a picture of the console for our new Davis Instruments Vantage Vue Weather Station. This station, which is mounted to the side of our home, says 27F, just cold enough to be a Hard Freeze. This will damage blooming strawberries and even kill off our small citrus trees all the way to their roots.
Thankfully we didn’t trust the National Weather Service and had covered everything anyhow, but hopefully we’ll be able to start learning how to predict our own weather by seeing how far off the “official” readings are when compared to our own.
Now, just imagine, if temperature can be so different, how about rainfall? Makes you think, doesn’t it?
It may be some time before these seedlings grow up enough to give you an update, so be sure to Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see how things turn out!