Find out about the weather with national weather services
Your national weather service remains a reference for reliable information on the weather, the risk of rain, the state of the sky, or the forecast of snow showers. By using data, it is possible to consult your national weather services forecasts directly on the internet or by using a mobile application.
This is the first step to predicting your weather forecast. Indeed, your national weather services have weather equipment to forecast rain, anticipate cloudy skies, or predict good weather that none of us can afford… unless you know someone who has their weather radar, or precipitation radar, capable of analysing and forecasting rain in real-time from miles away, of course!
You might as well take advantage of their anemometers, hygrometer thermometers, barometers, weather radar, and other rain gauges to benefit from very reliable weather forecasts everywhere in the UK! However, they are not very geographically accurate depending on your location.
But of course, this is not the only way to predict your weather measurements. With some weather measuring devices, you can take control of your outdoor environment by having easy access to a lot of data.
The better you understand the weather, the better you can anticipate it and the more information you have, the better you can prepare.
Who said that making your own weather forecast was complicated? With the Netatmo Smart Weather Station you have easy access to all the data that concerns you, right from your own home. As if that wasn't convenient enough, everything is displayed directly on your smartphone!
Weather devices: thermometer, anemometer, barometer, rain gauge, etc
You are not your national weather service, but you can measure data directly at home if you are well equipped!
With a hygrometer, you can check the humidity level (relative humidity to be precise) in real-time. This is information that your national weather services will not give you precisely because the humidity is very localised. It varies a lot between morning and afternoon, between the bathroom and the living room, or when cooking. All room temperatures are different.
The thermometer, which is used to measure the temperature in most homes in the UK, is no longer in evidence. This may seem anecdotal to you, but it is already a meteorological measure!
To find out how fast the wind is blowing and in which direction, there is nothing like an anemometer connected to a wind vane. These are the reference instruments for wind monitoring and weather forecasting (because depending on its cardinal origin, the wind often brings the same type of weather).
During rain showers (or snow showers for that matter), would you like to know how much water has fallen to the ground? The rain gauge shows you in millimetres how much water you have received from even light showers.
However, when it comes to predicting the weather forecasts for the next few hours, it is the barometer is recommended… even if it is not nearly as accurate as the other instruments mentioned above. By measuring the air pressure, it provides information about possible upcoming rain showers, cloudy skies, or mild weather. But it is impossible to have 100% confidence in a barometer, which remains rather unreliable.
Note in passing that all these devices, from thermometers to wind vanes, barometers and rain gauges, can be connected and intelligent.
There are other devices for taking your weather measurements. But if you don't want to have to buy a lot of devices, it's much easier to invest in a weather station. For reasons of price and size, this item is more interesting.
Predicting weather forecasts can be risky if you have little or no equipment. To anticipate rain and sunshine, showers, and cloudy skies while having a good overview, the Netatmo Smart Weather Station brings together all its features in a single connected object.
Predicting your own forecasts with a weather station
A combination of the above-mentioned weather devices, the weather station is a very ergonomic and practical object to predict your own weather forecast. Sensors in the front of your house alert you about rain showers and the imminent end of cloudy skies.
There are several models of weather stations, depending on functionality, technology, and budget.
Some models use sensors that record weather information (humidity, temperature, barometer, etc.) and provide a display on a digital screen. But if you are in London and want to know the weather at home tomorrow at noon in Camden, it is impossible.
With a connected weather station, on the other hand, you can check the weather at any time from your phone using an application.
Also known as a smart weather station, this type of weather station is very comprehensive, accurate, and practical. On top of this, you receive alerts according to your needs.
Depending on the level of information and ease of use you require to predict your weather forecast, there are many weather stations available, from the most basic to the most connected.
Do you prefer to trust your national meteorological service with average geolocation but high reliability of the forecasts, one or two weather measuring devices, or a connected weather station? The important thing is that you get reliable data (rain, showers, sky, snow, etc.) on a precise location. The days of depending on the dramatically inaccurate weather map on TV are over! Get an accurate weather prediction at home so that you do not miss out on the sunshine!