Take part in Weather Labs
To take part in Planet Science Weather Labs, here's what you
need to do.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- View the 24 hour forecast.
- 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.
- Save this spreadsheet to your computer. You can also print it
out if you wish to record data on paper first
- Enter your own data observations in the spaces on the
spreadsheet. Also enter what time you took the observations, and
what devices you used.
- 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
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
Please name in the format