Measuring the weather

A table giving different weather components, their definitions, and the intruments and units used to measure them.

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Component Definition Instrument/equipment Unit
Temperature How hot or cold it is Thermometer °C
Precipitation Water (in any form) Rain gauge mm
falling from the sky, eg.
rain, snow, sleet
Atmospheric pressure The weight of the air Barometer mbs (millibars)
pressing down on the
land (high/low)
Cloud cover The amount of sky Human estimate (eyes) Oktas (eighths)
obscured by cloud
Wind direction The direction from Wind/weather vane Compass points
which the wind is
Wind speed How fast the wind is Anemometer km/h (or mph or
blowing knots)


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