Activity 4.1: Weather Station & Phenology.
Critical to understanding the unique climate effects on your design site are the observations and documentations you make throughout the year. A nice companion to the optional week three activity: Sit Spot is to set up some simple tools to observe weather events and site features as well as keeping a phenology journal. Phenology is the study of the timing of natural events. Of course, you can purchase many of these items from a manufacturer, but we encourage you to build a few of your own as well.
- Purchase a simple indoor/outdoor thermometer and humidity meter. One that records the min/max temperatures and allows you to reset it is ideal.
- Build a wind vane (measure surface wind direction)
- Build an anemometer (measure surface wind speed)
- Build (or purchase) a rain gauge
Dedicate a notebook or an electronic file through your mobile device or computer to recording observations and measurements.
Fields in your records could include:
- Humidity Max/Min
- Precipitation Type
- Precipitation Amount
- Wind Direction
- Observations (Notes about the dynamics of the weather, sightings of animals, questions about trees or plants...)
For this assignment:
- Check out the examples above or browse the internet for other ideas.
- Get yourself started with a thermometer/humidity meter, wind vane, or a rain guage.
- Set up a journal to record observations.
- Select seven days over the next two weeks to collect data. Submit a short report summarizing your activity and data.