Climate Station Mannequin

Constructing a weather station model can be a satisfying experience, similar to learning a secret language. Weather enthusiasts see these station models on both surface- and upper-level weather maps. Serving the purpose of accommodating space for all pertinent information from a multitude of weather stations onto a map, the station model is an essential tool. Familiarity with these weather maps and a cursory knowledge of weather will have you reading and assembling weather station models in no time.

Draw a circle. Look at the sky and divide it into eighths. Fill in the circle based on how many eighths of the sky are covered with clouds. A clear circle represents a station with no clouds observed; a full circle is an overcast sky over the weather station.

Connect a line to the circle extending toward the direction the wind is coming from. Draw a long line connecting and perpendicular to the tip of the first line to represent a 10-knot wind speed. Draw a shorter line for 5 knots and a flag for 50 knots.

Determine the temperature and dew point of your weather station. Record the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit just to the left of the wind barbs. Record the dew point under the temperature, just beneath the circle and to its right.

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