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Weather Instruments, Kits, Suppliers

Since meteorology is an observational science, instruments play an important role in gathering information about the atmosphere. Weather stations can be built and outfitted with weather instruments, but they typically are expensive, so price comparisons should be made prior to purchase. Catalogues and price lists may be obtained from reputable scientific supply houses. Selected updated address lists of suppliers of scientific and instructional equipment can be found in the annual issue of the Science Education Suppliers Supplement and other publications from the

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA):
1742 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-1171.
Phone: (202) 328-5800

Before purchasing weather instruments, the following references should be read:

  • Snow, J.T., and S.B. Harley, 1987: Basic meteorological observations for schools: Temperature. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 68, 486-496.
  • Snow, J.T., and S.B. Harley, 1988: Basic meteorological observations for schools: Rainfall. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 69, 497-507.
  • Snow, J.T., M.E. Akridge, and S.B. Harley, 1989: Basic meteorological observations for schools: Surface winds. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 70, 493-508.
  • Snow, J.T., M.E. Akridge, and S.B. Harley, 1992: Basic meteorological observations for schools: Atmospheric pressure. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 73, 781-794.
  • Virgo, S.E., 1976: Some simply made and inexpensive meteorological instruments.
    Weather, 31, 404-411.

Weather Kits

To aid teachers with limited experience in weather instrumentation, several supply companies package sets of instruments and other instruction materials which can be used as a self-contained kit for weather study. Some teachers create their own weather kits from an assortment of materials, or augment the kits with additional instruments. Suggested components for a weather kit are a thermo-meter, maximum/minimum thermometer, soil thermometer, anemometer, rain gauge, sling psychrometer, radiometer, sundial, barometer, barographs, and thermograph. Other desirable features include an atmosphere chart, a good book, weather log, and five-day weather watch.

  • BoxTopics: Storms and Weather Forecasting Pullouts, flip cards, stickers, and activity book. $34.95. 1997
    Briarpatch
    P.O. Box 604
    Short Hills, NJ 07079.
  • Children's Pack 5-day weather watcher, radiometer, sundial, cloud chart, tornado tube, weather information cloud chart, and weather activity book. $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
  • Wind and Weather, The Albion Street Water Tower
    P.O. Box 2320
    Mendocino, CA 95460.
    Phone: (800) 922-9463
  • Weather Guide Photo Anthology I & II
    Postcard collection of photos from Weather Guide Calendars. $6.95 for both volumes.
    Accord Publishing Ltd., 1407 Larimer Square, Suite 206, Denver, CO 80202-1723
    Phone: (303) 595-3839
  • Weather Watcher Kit
    Maximum/minimum thermometer, 2-inch rain gauge, and handbooks. $16.90.
    Fisher Scientific
    Phone: (800) 621-4769

Weather Instruments and Science Equiment Suppliers

Several companies only supply weather instruments for professional purposes or the serious amateur. Usually, instruments obtained from these supply houses are of high quality and may be expensive. Other companies have instruments for a range of disciplines and educational institutions. They stock some instruments for the home and school. These instruments usually suffice for beginners and the more casual weather observer. In addition, some suppliers have instructional materials, as in other sections of this publication. Companies usually will furnish catalogs on request. Some models and teaching aids are also offered.

  • American Weather Enterprises
    P.O. Box 1383
    Media, PA 19063
  • Beckley-Cardy
    917 Hickory Lane
    Mansfield, OH 44901-8105
  • Carolina Biological Supply Co.
    2700 York Road
    Burlington, NC 27215-5551
  • Central Scientific (CENCO)
    11222 Melrose Avenue
    Franklin Park, IL 60131
    Phone: (800) 262-3626
    Fax: (708) 451-0231
  • Clearvue
    6465 North Avondale Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60631-1996
    Phone: (800) 253-2788
    Fax: (800) 444-9855
    Web: www.clearvue.com
  • Cloud Chart, Inc.
    P.O. Box 21298
    Charleston, SC 29413
    Phone: (803) 577-5268
  • Davis Instruments
    3465 Diablo Avenue
    Hayward, CA 94545-2778
    Phone: (800) 678-3669
    Fax: (510) 670--0589
    Email: info@davisnet.com
  • Delta Education
    P.O. Box 3000
    Nashua, NH 03061-3000
    Phone: (800) 442-5444
    Fax: (800) 282-9560
    Web: www.delta-ed.com
  • Edmund Scientific
    101 East Gloucester Pike
    Barrington, NJ 0800
    Product information: (609) 573-6879
    Orders: Phone: (609) 547-8800
    Fax: (609) 573-6295
  • ETA 620 Lakeview Parkway
    Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1838
    Phone: (800) 445-5985
    Fax: (800) ETA--9326
    Web: www.etauniverse.com
  • Fisher Scientific Co.
    4901 West LeMoyne Street
    Chicago, IL 60651
    Phone: (800) 621-4769
  • Forestry Suppliers, Inc.
    P.O. Box 8397
    205 West Rankin Street
    Jackson, MS 39284-8397
    Phone: (800) 647-5368
    Fax: (800) 543-4203
    Web: www.forestry-suppliers.com
  • Frey Scientific Co.
    905 Hickory Lane
    Mansfield, OH 44905
    Phone: (800) 225
    FREY H & R Corporation
    401 East Erie Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19134
  • Hubbard Scientific
    P.O. Box 104
    Northbrook, IL 60065
    Phone: (800) 221-9884
    (312) 272-7810
  • Nasco Science
    901 Janesville Avenue
    Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901
    Phone: (800) 558-9595
    Fax: (414) 563-8296
  • Nasco West
    1524 Princeton Avenue
    Modesto, CA 95352-3837
    Phone: (209) 529-6957
    Fax: (209) 529-2239
  • Northeast Discount Weather Catalog
    Viking Instruments, Inc.
    524 Main Street South
    Weymouth, MA 02190
    Phone: (781) 331-3795
    Fax: (781)331-9040
    Orders: (800) 325-0360
  • NovaLynx Corp. (Division of Qualimetrics, Inc.)
    WeatherMeasure and Weathertronics
    P.O. Box 240
    Grass Valley, CA 95945-0240
    Phone: (916) 477-5226
    Fax: (916) 477-8339
  • PGC Scientifics
    9161 Industrial Court
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877
    Phone: (800) 424-3300
    (301) 840-1111
    Fax: (301) 9990-0740
  • Radio Shack
    One Tandy Center
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Robert E. White Instruments, Inc.
    34 Commercial Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110
    Phone: (800) 992-3045
  • Schoolmasters Science
    745 State Circle Box 1941
    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
    Phone: (800) 521-2832
    Fax: (800) 654-4321
    Email: schscience@aol.com
    Web: www.schoolmasters.com
  • Science Associates
    31 Airpark Road
    Box 320
    Princeton, NJ 08542
  • Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories
    777 East Park Drive
    Tonawanda, NY 14150
    Phone: (800) 828-7777
  • Simerl Instruments
    238 West Street
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    Phone: (301) 849-8667
  • Storm Tech
    P.O. Box 474
    Hales Corners, WI 53130
  • Teacher's Video Company
    P.O. Box SCE-4455
    Scottsdale, AZ 85261
    Phone: (800) 262-8837
    Fax: (602) 860-8560
    Web: www.teachtsp.com
  • Tom Snyder Productions
    80 Coolidge Hill Road
    Watertown, MA 02172-2817
    Phone: (800) 342-0236
    Fax: (617) 926-6222
    Web: www.teachtsp.com
  • Taylor Scientific Instrument
    95 Glenn Bridge Road
    Arden, NC 28704
  • Viking Instruments
    The Northeast Discount Weather Catalog
    532 Pond Street
    South Weymouth, MA 02190
    Phone: (800) 325-0360
  • VWR Scientific Products
    P.O. Box 5229
    Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    Phone: (800) 727-4368
    Fax: (800) 676-2540
    Email: sarwel@sargentwelch.com
    Web: www.sargentwelch.com
  • Ward's Natural Science Establishments, Inc.
    5199 West Henrietta Road
    P.O. Box 92912
    Rochester, NY 14692-9012
    Phone: (716) 359-2502
    (800) 962-2660
  • Weatherwise Affects
    440 Middlesex Road
    Tyngsboro, MA 01879
    Phone: (978) 649-8387
    Email: wxaffects@aol.com
    Web: www.weatheraffects.com
  • Weatherwise Books and Instruments
    Main Street
    New London, NH 03527
  • Wind and Weather
    P.O. Box 2320
    Mendocino, CA 95460
    Phone: (707) 937-0323

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