Whether you’re a seasoned weather enthusiast or a novice stepping into meteorology, it’s important to understand weather sensor terms. Providing you with a better weather tracking experience, these are several of the top terms you must know for weather tracking.
Let’s start with the basics–temperature is a measure of how hot or cold it is. The KestrelMet 6000 measures temperature with an accuracy of ±0.9°F, allowing you to keep track of those down-the-minute fluctuations.
Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. Relative humidity is the ratio of the current amount of water vapor in the air at a given temperature to the maximum amount that the air could hold at that temperature. This number is expressed as a percentage. Relative humidity has a close connection to comfort levels and even predicting weather changes. For example, high relative humidity often precedes rainfall.
Closely related to humidity is the dew point. This term refers to the temperature at which air becomes saturated with water vapor, causing dew to form.
Atmospheric pressure, also known as barometric pressure, is the force exerted by the weight of the atmosphere. Changes in atmospheric pressure can often indicate changing weather conditions.
Wind Speed and Direction
The wind is a fundamental aspect of weather. Monitoring its speed and direction can help predict weather patterns.
Rainfall is yet another important weather element. Rainfall sensors measure both the rate of rainfall (how fast it’s falling) and the total accumulated rainfall over a certain period.
Leaf Wetness Sensor
For all our gardeners and farmers out there, this term might be a familiar one. Leaf wetness refers to the presence of free water on the leaf surface. This can come from dew, rain, or even irrigation. Leaf wetness is a crucial factor in predicting the outbreak and spread of certain plant diseases.
Barometric pressure is the pressure exerted by the atmosphere at a given point. It is typically measured in inches of mercury (inHg) or millibars (mb). Variations in barometric pressure are directly linked to weather conditions. For example, sudden drop often indicates an approaching storm, while a slow, steady rise is usually associated with fair weather.
Armed with the KestrelMet 6000, you can keep a finger on the pulse of weather shifts, making you the go-to weather predictor in your circle! Choose KestrelMet accurate readings of these sensor elements, plus more!