Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tracking Western NY Weather with Mobile Weather Authority

A mobile broadcast communication truck and “rolling weather station” provides 13WHAM television station in Rochester, NY a unique tool to accomplish their goals:

• Track Western NY Weather
• Educate students in meteorology
• Maintain competitive advantage

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The Chevy SUV features the Magellan MX500™ Weather Station and Weather Master™ Software.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cloud-based Weather Server Coming Soon!

Thinking ahead to New Year Resolutions, Columbia Weather Systems is in the process of implementing the first phase of our cloud-based Weather Server, available with any of our weather stations through the Weather MicroServer device. Current weather data can be automatically uploaded from the weather station to the cloud Weather Server on a 5 second interval.

Customers will be able to view the real-time Display Screen using a browser from anywhere on the Internet. WeatherMaster software will be able to connect to the cloud to monitor and store the data from a remote weather station.

The Weather Server is a solution for customers that are unable to upload data (via FTP) to their website or implement port forwarding for the MicroServer in order to access it directly from outside the network. Both of these options are often not available due to limited access to corporate websites and increased security restrictions.

The Weather Server will offer an automatic way to view the weather data on the web without the hassle of designing your own web page.

The Display Screen on the Weather Server is designed specifically for our weather stations.

The second phase of the project will add historical data and trend graphs.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wetland Center uses weather data for environmental education and research

It’s always great to hear from long-time customers like Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. A recent exchange included the following comments and provided us with updated information on their application.

“We have LOVED and depended on that weather system for many, many years and I am grateful to have it still gathering data for us on a daily basis. Not only does Frank Opila rely on the our weather station for his water quality monitoring work, my program staff as well as my key researchers use the data as well.” ~Lori Prince, Outdoor Recreation Manager

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Viewing current weather data via Weather Underground.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Which rain measurement technology is best?

Tipping Bucket? Impact? Optical? Doppler radar? How can you know which rain measurement technology is the best for your weather station? Whether you just need to know if it rained and the track is wet, or when the rain began, or whether it is rain or snow, the different technologies each have their advantages.

• The Orion Weather Station's impact rain gauge requires no maintenance and is able to detect hail.
• Tipping bucket rain gauges are the most widely used in the world.
• The Pulsar's Doppler radar precipitation sensor is the fastest responding with resolution of 0.01 mm.

Click here for our new tutorial that outlines the pros and cons of each technology.

And if you still can't decide, feel free to give us a call!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Modeling, Operations, Recreation: Weather data has multiple uses in water management

According to their website, Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) is "proud of its role in managing the water in its jurisdiction and using technology, intelligence and hard work to ensure the best possible balance for man and nature.” As part of this management and use of technology, Orion Weather Stations are located at Jordanelle Dam and Utah Lake Pumping Station with three more soon to be delivered. The weather monitoring systems include the Orion all-in-one sensor unit as well as Weather MicroServers with additional tipping bucket rain gauge and solar radiation sensors.

Weather data is used for modeling historical data for future planning, operational decisions, and available to the public for recreation planning.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Carbon Dioxide Sensor Added to Weather MicroServer Options for Data Center Application

Responding to customer request, we have added an ambient Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sensor for use with the Weather MicroServer. This new feature was implemented specifically for an Apple data center via customer Siemens Building Technologies.

The CO2 sensor uses an infrared light source to measure ppm-level carbon dioxide. The sensor is configured for analog output.The sensor is installed in a self-aspirating radiation shield to protect it from the effects of solar radiation. The sensor should be installed in a location that represents ambient atmospheric CO2 levels.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

5 Reasons Emergency Vehicle Specs should include a Weather Station

“Being aware of the weather conditions before, during, and after an incident is imperative,” quotes columnist Chuck Sallade in Firefighter Nation. Weather information is critical for:

1. Risk Management – Identify and assess hazardous weather conditions for PPE and resource management from safe approach through potential evacuation
2. Helping predict fire behavior
3. Safe operation of equipment – firefighting and rescue
4. Incident reporting and recording the weather for Fire Cause Determination
5. Plume modeling for smoke and HazMat

Vehicle-mounted weather stations are quick to set up and within minutes can be automatically recording data for incident decision-making and reporting, as well as, transmitting data to programs such as CAMEO/ALOHA for plume modeling.

“We are now able to receive ‘Live’ accurate weather data to use with the ALOHA Air Plume modeling program,” says Lieutenant Pearson of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. “Having ‘Live’ weather data is vital to our operation.”

The bottom line is that the conditions at the incident may not be exactly as forecast or reported elsewhere. There’s no substitute for immediate, accurate, on-site weather data.

Click to view CWS Vehicle-Mount Weather Stations

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue HazMat Vehicle