|They have an anemometer on the roof.|
This turned out to a bit more of an ordeal than I thought. I didn't have a tripod, and so ordered one from Amazon, after several attempts where the sellers wouldn't ship to Alaska. Then I had to buy lag bolts and roofing tar, and a post to put the anemometer on. I tried PVC pipe, but once I had it in place, I realized how bendy it was and that that would affect the readings. So I bought a bit of plumbing pipe. Of course, afterwards I read that I was supposed to use non-conductive pipe because the static electricity will build up and mess with the readings. Oh well, we'll see if the readings get strange before I make a change. I'm not climbing back up on the roof at the moment!
Dad asked me "Are you really going to drill holes in your roof?" As you can see, the answer is yes! Of course! People do it all the time for satellite dishes. And this is in the name of science!
Next part of the process: getting my computer running as a "server" so I can get my weather station to show up on the Anchorage Forecast Office mesonet. And yes, this is something I would brag about. My nerdiness has no bounds!