5 Helpful Hints for Accurate Kestrel Meter Measurements
Whether you are a professional meteorologist or a novice who simply loves the world of weather, you rely on Kestrel to give you highly accurate local measurements. In fact, Kestrel weather meters are one of the most accurate devices for measuring weather on the market.
However, there are several ways that you can make your measurements even more accurate, providing some of the most precise measurements no matter when you need it.
Tip #1: Keep Air Moving When Measuring Temperature
Kestrel is by far a more accurate device for temperature readings than your phone's weather app. But when you're using Kestrel for temperature, the key is to keep the surrounding air moving.
You'll want the Kestrel to catch the air as it blows by when reading the temperature. If you aren't getting a breeze, you can simply wave it around. This way you can make sure the Kestrel is getting the actual temperature of the air and not the temperature of its case.
Tip #2: Watch Your Fingers
Your fingers can alter the readings of your Kestrel meter. Specifically in terms of humidity, this can alter the measurement because it uses your body as a source of humidity. This ultimately changes the humidity reading.
Furthermore, don't hold your meter if you require a very accurate humidity reading. Holding it can raise the relative humidity by 5%+. Using a vane mount will isolate the meter from outside influences of humidity.
Tip #3: Allow Kestrel Sensors to Stabilize
Another helpful hint is allowing Kestrel's sensors to stabilize. This is especially important when bringing the device into a new environment. It can take 15 minutes or more for values such as temperature and humidity to stabilize, with humidity typically taking the longest.
Tip #4: Keep the Humidity Sensor Dry
When it comes to measuring humidity, it's important to keep the sensor dry. This is because Kestrel will not provide an accurate reading with a wet sensor.
If the sensor comes in contact with water, shake it until no drops come out of the device and allow it to dry completely. If your Kestrel comes in contact with salt water, it will need to be rinsed with clean water and allowed to dry.
Tip #5: Use the Mount for Measuring Wind Speed
There are countless obstacles that can alter wind speed, ranging from buildings and even your own body. Even if you plan to measure wind speed in an open field, it matters where you position the Kestrel meter for the best results.
It's advised to use a Kestrel weather meter mount for measuring wind speed. This will put the device at the appropriate height. Keep in mind that holding the device off-axis can reduce its accuracy by 1% to 3%.
More Helpful Hints for Using Kestrel
Kestrel is an incredible device that can accurately measure the world of weather around you. In addition to these 5 tips, we also have a short video with more helpful hints.
Furthermore, we offer a great support page for getting the most out of your meter. For questions about Kestrel and how to use it, don't hesitate to explore our support page or contact us to learn more.