When creating or editing a Site, you can specify a range of information. The content below explains the various settings you can store about your site and how they are used within WOW.

Site Details

When creating or editing a Site, you can specify a range of information. The content below explains the various settings you can store about your site and how they are used within WOW.

  • Site name: Enter a meaningful name that will be displayed when other users view your Site.
  • Site timezone: The timezone of where the Site is located.
  • AWS 6-Digit PIN: Create and enter a 6-digit numeric PIN of your choice (it is not supplied by the kit manufacturer). If you wish to send observations automatically, you will need to add the PIN number you create here to any data feed sent to WOW.
  • Is Site Active?: This allows you indicate when a site is no longer active. Un-tick if you are creating a Site to enter historic data, and note that you will no longer be able to enter any new observations for this site. You are able to make the site active again in the future, should you wish to, by putting a tick back in the 'Is Site Active' box.
  • Allow data download: Unticking this box will prevent another user from exporting observations recorded for your site.
  • Site logo: You can upload a logo which will be displayed in the page header when other users view this Site. The logos will be cropped to 150 pixels wide by 35 pixels high.
  • Site description: Any further information not captured above regarding the site that you would like to submit to WOW.

Site Owner Details

  • Org/School name: If you're adding a Site on behalf of a school or organisation, then please add the name in this field
  • Reason for running: Let other WOW users know the reason you are running this Site.
  • Website address: If you have a website related to your observations site then you can add the website address in this field.

Site Location

Set the geographical location of where your Site is. Sites are stored within WOW using lat/long co-ordinates. You can enter these directly or enter a place or postcode and click 'Locate on map' which will automatically show the location on the map and populate the lat/long fields. You can then 'drag and drop' the pin on the map to give a precise location.

As WOW will allow information to be submitted from anywhere in the world the easiest way to locate a place is to search using the format "placename, country" e.g. "Ottery St Mary, UK".

If you use the "Auto-locate" button the website will try to automatically determine your current location. Your browser may not, or request permission to, allow the website to do this.

Site Location Image

You can upload 4 images (N, E, S, W) showing the surrounding environment of your Site. The images will be dynamically resized, so you don't need to shrink or crop them beforehand.

Location attributes

WOW lets you set a number of attributes that help other WOW users and the Met Office understand the surrounding environment. These Location Attributes are used to calculate a Site's Rating.

Site Data Preferences

This optional section allows you to specify which data you aim to collect at the Site and preferred unit of capture. These settings are then used when displaying the Detailed observation form.

You may override these settings on a per Detailed observation basis should you wish to submit data items not set in your preferences or select a different unit of measurement.

Additional Information

You can add anything else about this Site that you would like others to know - maybe some specialist equipment or how long observations have been recorded at this location.

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) provide some simple guidelines for setting up a weather station that they have kindly provided for WOW users to download.

Download the RMetS Guide (PDF) to setting up a weather station.

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