I have taken on the role of RAWS Maintenance Tech on our forest and love getting to deal with weather stuff. The data can sometimes be overwhelming, but the fire field has a pretty decent program called FireFamilyPlus that our pocket cards (cards printed with our local information to help firefighters coming into our area know what the weather and fuels are like around here).
Sensors on these stations get replaced every year, every 2, or every 3 years, depending on the sensor. Each station has temperature, humidity, rain, wind direction, wind speed, solar radiation, and fuel moisture. The station has a GOES antennae that transmits data via satellite. There is a car-sized battery to supply power and a solar panel to recharge the battery.
Quite efficient stations these are.
I've included a whole bunch of pictures of our various stations in the native environment.
Big Bar RAWS after a bear got hold of the tipping bucket
Big Bar RAWS
Beautiful shot of the Bolam RAWS with Mt Shasta in the background. Great station to work on just for the views!
Ash Creek RAWS
Yolla Bolla RAWS
Maybe Backbone RAWS, not quite sure on this one
Oak Mountain RAWS. Another great view
Friend Mountain RAWS
One of the portable RAWS, newly arrived and unpacked and tested
This is not one of our stations. This is a station on the side of Mt. Shasta to record snow
And here is a pocket card that we produce, currently working on a new version
And here is a sample graph from one of our stations. We can change the input data to show any specific piece. We usually focus on ERC (Energy Release Component) and BI (Burning Index)