How do I join the mesonet?
Is your weather special? Do you think weather at your house or school
is unique to the rest of Anchorage or the Mat-Su Valley? You're
probably right! The mesonet was designed to supplement some of the
more well-known and older weather observation stations with local
stations supplied by private homes, businesses, and schools.
As our mesonet continues to grow, we encourage everyone who already
has the equipment necessary to share their weather information with us
at the Anchorage Forecast Office and in turn help the forecasters make
time critical decisions regarding the local weather.
Unfortunately, the National Weather Service can not supply everybody
with their own weather equipment. The most important item that you'll
need to join the mesonet is a weather station that comes with
instruments like a thermometer, anemometer, and a rain gauge. Weather
instrument packages can be purchased online for prices ranging from
$150 to $1000. There are many manufacturers of these weather stations
including Davis Instruments, Peet Brothers, Oregon Scientific, and La
If you are interested in purchasing a weather station, be sure to find
one that will fit your needs and budget. Also if your goal is to be
apart of the Anchorage area mesonet, take into consideration the
parameters that we would like to see from your house or business.
Temperature and wind speed/direction are the most critical to our
weather watching needs. Others that are important and we would like
to see as well are relative humidity (calculated from the temperature
and dew point), barometric pressure, and precipitation.
If you would like to share your data with us, the weather station will
need to be able to communicate to a computer or phone line. Most
weather station packages will come with some sort of software that
will allow you to do just that. We will help you set up the software
so that you will automatically transmit data 24 hours a day to our
secure server which will in turn be placed on the mesonet homepage.
The process is relatively simple and we'll be happy to assist in any
way we can. Send an email to Dave Stricklan (link at bottom) if you
have any questions or are interested in joining.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the mesonet, please
email Anchorage Forecast Office