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“Being aware of the weather conditions before, during, and after an incident is imperative,” quotes columnist Chuck Sallade in Firefighter Nation. Of course, we couldn’t agree more!
Weather information is useful for:
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.
The new Magellan MX Weather Station from Columbia Weather Systems is the latest in weather monitoring technology for public safety. At Columbia Weather Systems, our job is to make weather monitoring easy so First Responders can do their job best.
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LA County Sanitation District has purchased seven Orion weather stations since 2011 – mostly Orion 420s – sited at their water reclamation plants. One of our technicians, Kathryn Hammond, was recently in the area and got a tour of the Whittier Narrows facility.
Prior to her visit Kathryn had spoken with Albert Mata on an installation follow-up with this report: “Albert installed the system. Loves it. Was easy to install.”
Carlos Alfaro, Supervisor of Treatment Plant Operations, gave Kathryn the tour, including the catwalk over the tank. (Whittier Narrows is an open tank wastewater treatment facility.)
Kathryn reports that they use primarily wind speed and direction parameters to help manage for odor based on complaints from the neighbors, as well as the possibility of chemical spills. Using an Allen-Bradley PLC system, the systems is monitored with FactoryTalk software.
New GPS met station offers rapid-deploy, real-time weather data
The Magellan MX is a new weather station line from Columbia Weather Systems offering GPS and compass readings, particularly useful for vehicle and mobile applications requiring real-time met data on the go, such as incident command centers and hazmat vehicles.
Magellan MX weathers stations offer four different all-in-one parameter configurations.
MX600: rain gauge, ultrasonic wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, compass, GPS
MX500: ultrasonic wind speed and direction, pressure, temperature, relative humidity, compass, GPS
MX300: pressure, temperature, relative humidity (no compass or GPS)
MX200: ultrasonic wind speed and direction, compass, GPS
For models with wind sensors, measurements are automatically compensated using the compass and GPS readings.
Data can be monitored with WeatherMaster Software, a touchscreen Weather Display console, and/or the Weather MicroServer for Internet and SCADA protocols. The Weather MicroServer also offers additional sensor ports.
Mobile response and incident command vehicles are outfitted with easy-to-deploy vehicle-mount weather stations.
Often we sell our weather stations to third-parties like vehicle manufacturers and we don't always get to see where they end up. Some deliveries on Officer.com came to our attention recently noting that they were equipped with Columbia Weather Systems weather stations.
This Bomb Response Vehicle was built by our customer Farber Specialty Vehicles. Another is a Mobile Command Center for Nevada County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department by Mobile Command Centers.
At Columbia Weather Systems, government agencies and public safety have been core markets for our company for many years. We offer portable and vehicle-mount configurations that were developed by a former Air Force meteorologist specifically for the public safety market. Our job is to make weather monitoring easy so you can do your job.
We recently received this query from a customer performing due diligence:
I am doing some research for CIPv5 on the Orion LX Weather Station (with Weather MicroServer). Are there any ‘system hardening’ techniques that the device has that would prevent any malicious code from being loaded into these systems?
Network security has become increasingly critical for some companies and organizations. Security breaches at private, public, and military organizations have been in the news prompting efforts to secure networks. Some organizations may be reluctant or unable to add our Weather MicroServer to their networks.
A new FAQ page offers solutions including a new document outlining network security with the Weather MicroServer as well as suggestions for keeping the weather station off the network entirely.
Great changes are coming to the Orion – our most popular weather station model. One of the best features has always been the all-in-one sensor head design, however with the limitation of the standard sensors – whether you needed a particular parameter or not, you got them all.
Now you can pick and choose just the parameters you need and still have the convenience of the all-in-one sensor configuration.
Our new line of Orion weather stations includes the following sensor options:
We have integrated a new visibility sensor option into weather stations utilizing the Weather MicroServer. This was accomplished in response to a customer need for solar-powered weather station solution used in monitoring large-scale solar energy facilities.
The visibility sensor is mounted on a tripod mast along with the solar radiation sensors, solar power panel, and weatherproof enclosures for the battery and Weather MicroServer.