Welcome, to Des Moines Weather and Climate. I am a private weather station located on the West side of the Glendale - Des Moines area and just East of Windsor Heights.
Latitude: 41° 36' 23" N (deg min sec), 41.6064° (decimal), 4136.38N (LORAN)
Longitude: 93° 41' 44" W (deg min sec), -93.6956° (decimal), 09341.74W (LORAN)
Elevation: 288 meters (945 feet) -- validated against 288 meters (947 feet) from NED 1/3rd arc-second: Eastern United States
Location: Des Moines, IA US
Weather Forecast Office: Des Moines (DMX)
My station is a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus with a 24 hr. FARS. The station is equipped with solar radiation and ultraviolet radiation sensors. I have a soil moisture station with sensors (temperature and moisture) at depths of 4, 12, 24 and 36 inches as well as leaf wetness sensor.
I have my station mounted on a Davis Tripod. Each leg has two- 3 foot threaded rod with a nut on the top end, driven into the ground. Each leg has provision for two rods, so I did that. Then I have six ground anchors with 250 pound guy wires to stabilize the mast and the tripod further. They also help in keeping the mast plumb. The rods and ground anchors I got a Home Depot, but a similar hardware store would have those.
Here you are looking at the station closer. The Transmitters to the left side , are a wireless anemometer and a wireless temperature station. The anemometer is connected to a second wind unit . I have two in case the main one isn’t working for some reason ( ice covered in winter). The temperature station is to measure the temperature for a non fan aspirated unit. (FARS). The station itself, has a solar and UV detectors, rain, temperature, wind and humidity sensors. The top solar panel takes care of the main station. The bottom solar panel is for the FARS (Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield), which gives an accurate temperature and humidity rather than a “stale” air unit. That is why the other temperature probe (to help me determine the difference between the two. Later I will add a humidity unit as well for that purpose.)
The Rain cone has stiff wire spikes around it and in it, to prevent birds from nesting or using it as a bird toilet (that is what cars are for). Inside the cone I have a sink drain strainer to catch stuff such as twigs, seeds, assorted debris from plugging is small hole in the bottom on the rain cone. These are available in any size from hardware store. The lip around it doesn’t prevent any rain from not being measured.