Weather observers are responsible for recording the weather conditions in particular areas and passing on this information, often in a standard international code, to other departments of their companies. Weather observers may work either for government entities or companies which gather weather data to pass on to consumers.
Recordings are generally taken at the same time each day. Some weather observers work in the daytime while others work at night, as the weather must be observed 24 hours a day. Their primary goal is to inform those in the area, as well as beyond it, of relevant weather conditions, and they may either work alongside automated technology or alongside other weather observers, usually a combination of both.
Maintenance of weather instruments may occasionally be necessary in this position. It is also important to determine when particular results are abnormal, as they may be a result of either changing weather conditions or a mechanical or technical problem with an instrument.
Some weather observer positions are voluntary while others are paid, and those in this position generally work at weather stations, some of which may actually be located on the observers' properties. This job can be monotonous; because some observations are taken outside, these observers may occasionally be subjected to harsh weather conditions. Attention to detail and adherence to schedules and methods of observation are essential, and some weather observers may be given on-the-job training in order to understand surface observations and the instruments used.