Setting up a weather station

In addition to the hints, tips & general advice in the earlier parts of this Section (above), many of the manufacturers in the Suppliers Reference list will supply advice on the installation of equipment.

For some basic ideas of how to start-up, see the following sites (I haven't given the full urls because they keep changing and it is difficult to remain up-to-date with same):

The Met Office: (follow links for the Education Section .. some very useful ideas for the hobbyist, and also advice if you want to make observations to climatological standards.)
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

and direct to the section relating on advice on weather recording, reporting etc.,
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/bookshelf/observations/index.html

The Royal Meteorological Society: (follow links for Publications: the Society encourage meteorology at all levels, and publish some leaflets on weather observing which can be obtained either free, or for a small sum.)
http://www.royal-met-soc.org.uk/
[ and don't forget that other national meteorological societies will have similar information.]

The BBC Weather Centre (follow links for 'Weatherwise' .. or use the Search engine; a useful site to help the beginner in all aspects of observing and understanding the weather.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

Don't forget though: throwing a large amount of money at the subject won't improve your understanding. Read up on the basics, use your senses to observe the changing 'sky-scape', note the weather (rain, hail, snow etc.), and just get used to deciding from which direction the wind is coming. For all of this, you don't need fancy equipment - that can be built up later. Even then, start in a small way if your budget is limited: some thermometers and rain-gauges from garden centres are quite good, and many department stores and catalogue shops sell 'all-in-one' desk weather stations which can stimulate interest. Other suppliers are listed in the Suppliers Reference list.