Meteorology (Weather)/Weather Observations
QUESTION: Is all weather data collected from small outdoor stations that volunteers monitor and report to a central data collection agency, or is there also an actual physical building that we call a Weather Station? Can the news room where meteorologists broadcast the weather news also double as a Weather Station?
ANSWER: Hi Lou
Officially NOAA is the agency that makes and collects official weather observations:
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QUESTION: Sorry, I'm still confused. I do know there are lots of volunteers who send in their data from their own mini-weather stations. What I'm having trouble determining is whether there is a big, physical building we call a weather station, and is it also a place that would broadcast the weather on TV? I didn't see that clarification on the links you sent. (Or do you mean I should contact them with the question?)
"I do know there are lots of volunteers who send in their data from their own mini-weather stations."
It is true that allot of citizens forward their storm reports to TV and Radio station meteorologists to help them keep their watchers / listeners informed of local conditions.
However, those are not official NWS /NOAA reports.
"there is a big, physical building we call a weather station."
"also a place that would broadcast the weather on TV?"
Private meteorologists and NOAA when there is a major storm.