DIY Weather Station Built with Supplies From Home — Video 1: Rain Gauge

Later this month, I will be hosting a seminar for the Junior Garden Club at BELL Garden, a gathering of middle school students interested in horticulture and growing fresh food. I will be talking about the links between weather and urban agricultural and drawing in some Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields to explain how meteorological instruments work.

The key hands-on activity at the seminar will be students building weather stations from simple components laying around the house or available at local hardware or grocery stores. Complete weather stations will be built up from four instruments: 1) a thermometer to measure temperature, 2) a barometer to measure pressure, 3) an anemometer to measure wind speed and direction, and 4) a rain gauge to measure precipitation.

For BELL Garden enthusiasts unable to attend the seminar, I am creating a series of online videos that show how to build each weather station instrument. The videos describe the needed parts and tools, and they provide step-by-step instructions for assembly. Today, I posted my first weather station video, which shows how to build a working rain gauge. Over the next few days, three additional videos will be posted demoing each weather station instrument.

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