Friday, May 19, 2017

Wireless, Solar-Powered Wunder Station

We don't normally encourage “home users", but this guy is a serious weather buff and willing to spend the big bucks to invest in a professional weather station!

A lifelong passion to experience, enjoy and measure the weather

Michael Koenig began building his own weather instruments in early grade school. Growing up in a family of farmers in the Midwest, where being keen on weather was critical to their livelihood, Michael says that his interest in weather was “already in (his) DNA!”

Michael went on to work at several TV stations as a broadcast engineer, eventually becoming an electronics technician for 41 years. “I hung out a lot around the weather radar and weather station equipment,” he says.

Recently retiring to southwest Florida, a region known for it's stormy weather, Michael reached out to CWS to acquire a high-performance station, eventually selecting an Orion Weather Station.

Easy Installation
The organized packaging, labeled components, and convenient laminated station diagram were helpful for a smooth installation, Michael noted. He had the station up and running the afternoon after he received it, “just in time for a typical afternoon Florida thunderstorm to rumble through!”

A “Stellar” Product
It has been “a lifelong passion to experience, enjoy and measure the weather” Michael says. With the move to Florida, he now has “the best of the best weather station” to continue to do so.

“Each new storm keeps the passion going after over 50 years of monitoring the weather,” Michael comments. “Thanks for delivering a stellar product. I can't think of a more capable station for southwest Florida!”

Friday, May 12, 2017

Welcome to our Interns!

We are happy to welcome two of our summer interns.

Bethany Villero just graduated from George Fox University with a degree in Business Management. She will be assisting in our marketing department. Besides a “fascination for storms and cloud formations,” Bethany has run her own portrait photography business for six years.

Software intern, Alex Pulido, is working on our proprietary Cloud Server and other monitoring products. This internship will complete Alex’s Web Development degree from Portland Community College.

Another marketing intern will be joining us in June from Portland State University.

Welcome aboard!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Weather Monitoring for Smart Water

CWS president Nader Khoury gave a presentation on weather monitoring to the local chapter of the American Water Works Association hosted at the North Clackamas County Water Commission.

With the rise of data-driven decision-making and inter-agency collaboration, weather monitoring is becoming increasingly important across government agencies. The Internet of Things movement is a big drive toward Smart Everything – Smart Phones, Smart Cities, Smart Governments. With the integration/interoperability of city-wide agency systems, “Smart Water” plays a significant role and weather monitoring can be a part of it:

• Monitoring for drought/flooding
• Stormwater management
• Data points and more

Weather stations can be a tool to provide information for analysis, to make data available to other agencies, and to the public.

Show and tell with the Weather MicroServer.

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

Click a link below to read more.



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

Click for more on Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

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!