My fascination with the weather dates back to 2007 when I attempted the Kalindi Khal trek with 15 other team members. We got stuck in a snowstorm and had to abandon our expedition. In 2008 I faced a similar problem when I had to go around the country on a motorcycle. Finding good weather data is a problem in India. Though Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has been putting out archived data for off-line analysis, finding reliable live weather data in India is not easy.
My family lives in Bangalore. We have not been able to find accurate weather forecasts for Bangalore. Bangalore is a large city and the only reporting weather station which I could find online for Bangalore is located in Bangalore’s own airport. The airport is 40 km away from my house and its reporting frequency is not impressive. The forecast based on that weather station is understandably not accurate for people who live in South of Bangalore.
Couple of months ago, I came to know about personal weather stations and crowd sourced data. I decided to install one on my roof top. After some online research, I purchased Ambient Weather 1400-IP Observer weather station. It is the cheapest station ($149 + shipping) that also report solar data such as radiation strength and UV index.A friend was kind enough to get it all the way from US to India.
I installed the weather station two days ago. The weather station reports the data directly to Weather Underground. It took me close to 1.5 hours to install and configure the weather station. I spent an additional hour trying to figure out the problem with the indoor sensor. It was not reporting any data. I contacted Ambient and they are sending me a replacement.
The drawback of 1400-IP setup is that it does not allow you to archive the data or publish it on other websites such as Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP). Airbridge or Meteostick+Meteobridge bundle can be a solution.
If you are interested in installing a personal weather station, please feel free to get in touch with me.