Take part in Weather Labs

To take part in Planet Science Weather Labs, here's what you need to do.

  1. Decide the location where you will monitor the forecast. Check you know its postcode. Decide the time slot in which you will monitor the forecast.
  2. You can measure temperature, humidity, wind velocity, wind direction and cloud cover. Decide the instruments you will using to collect your data. You can build your own devices - have a look at Test the weather forecast, or use the ones readable online through LGFL. Be sure you have thought about how to make your measurements valid.
  3. When you are all set up to make your measurements, go to our forecast page - Your Weather - and enter the location postcode where you'll be monitoring.
  4. View the 24 hour forecast.
  5. Hit "download data sheet" for the time of the forecast you are going to monitor. This will automatically generate a spreadsheet in a new tab. The time and location for this weather forecast is already entered for you, as are the forecast data. Just fill in your school name.
  6. Save this spreadsheet to your computer. You can also print it out if you wish to record data on paper first
  7. Enter your own data observations in the spaces on the spreadsheet. Also enter what time you took the observations, and what devices you used.
  8. The sheet will automatically produce a report and graphs of the differences between the forecast and your observations.

When you have finished, save the sheet as an Excel, Open Office or NeoOffice file. There are ideas for what to do with the data, discussions to share with colleagues and teachers, and further investigations on the data sheet.

If you don't have Excel on your computer, the sheet will work in Open Office (PCs) and NeoOffice (Macs) which are both free programmes.

The records you have made are valuable data. With our partners at Manchester University, we will be studying what they reveal, and publishing the results on this site. Send your saved spreadsheets to Please name in the format WeatherLabspostcodedate.

Weather Data Experiment

weather Schools across the UK can report local weather to help improve forecast
More from Planet Science
Make your own fire extinguisher
Use chemistry to put out a fire.

See the Sun in 3D for the first time.
It's a fact - the sun is round.