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Air Quality Conference

The conference drew air quality monitoring agencies and vendors from all over the country.

Sun with smoke

The sun appears to be a deep red as fires from surrounding areas continue to burn and affect air quality.

With our recent expansion into Air Quality, it was fortuitous that the National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference was in Portland this year. Somewhat ironically, with the wildfires across the western United States, the air quality in the Portland metro area has been some of the worst ever.

Note the chart showing particulates PM10 and PM2.5, 24-hrAvg, for the past few days from our on-site Orion AQM.

Air Quality Index Chart

The Air Quality Index in the Portland Area reached "unhealthy" levels this week.

One highlight of the conference was seeing the SciArk™ by Envirolytics which features our Magellan MX500™ Weather Station. The SciArk is “a field-deployable, alternate-fuel, EPA certified, zero emissions, solar and wind assisted mobile lab.”

SciArk Mobile Lab

Envirolytics CEO Alan Joseph shows Nader the SciArk Mobile Lab featuring the MagellanMX 500 Weather Station.

For more info, watch the video here (The weather station makes a cameo appearance at about 2:50.) “You have a great product! We couldn’t do what we do without you guys,” said Alan Joseph, CEO.

Our Air Quality Monitoring instruments can be used independently with the Weather MicroServer, and/or in conjunction with additional meteorological sensors. Click here for more information.

SciArk Interior

The SciArk utilizes the Weather MicroServer.

Solar Car

EOS II solar car visited CWS with the UMNSVP team.

We enjoyed a visit from the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project Team on their way home from the American Solar Challenge which finished in Bend, Oregon. Columbia Weather donated a Magellan MX500™ weather station to the project. The weather station is mounted on the lead vehicle during races to provide strategic data. Met measurements are correlated with course info and solar car data to optimize speed and energy consumption.

Racing in the Cruiser Class of Multi-Occupancy Vehicles, UMNSVP placed first in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (a track-based qualifier) and second in the ASC. Congratulations and thanks for stopping by!

Orion AQM Plus

Orion AQM Plus measures gaseous pollutants, met parameters, and particulates.

The new Orion Air Quality Monitor expands the environmental offerings from Columbia Weather Systems to measure common gaseous pollutants Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), and ozone (O3) with meteorological parameters humidity, air pressure and temperature. The Orion AQM Plus model adds particle measurements PM2.5 and PM10.

This new system offers a more cost-effective solution that can be paired with additional meteorological parameters to provide a comprehensive air quality monitoring in micro-climates with complex terrains and urban areas.

Monitoring is accomplished via a MicroServer, and data can be downloaded for archival and analysis.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON AIR QUALITY MONITORING

Desktop Display

Color Weather Display

Main screen

Close-up of main screen

We are updating these Real Time Monitoring interfaces. The new design is rolling out of production effective immediately.

One update is the new wind direction pointer which clarifies where the wind is blowing from and points where the wind is blowing to. The design retains the dark background with bright lettering suitable for control room environments.

A no-charge firmware upgrade is available for Weather Display consoles purchased since Version 2.4.9434, 04/24/2017.

A no-charge firmware upgrade is available for Weather MicroServers purchased since 9/9/2015.

Besides the new look, the MicroServer upgrade includes support for some of our newest sensors including the Pulsar 100 Doppler Radar Precipitation Monitor and the new Air Quality Monitors.

If your system is prior to the above specifications, please contact us for upgrade options.

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Fire 5 Reasons

Accurate, on-site weather data can benefit water utilities in many ways.

Meteorological data can be a critical tool for water utility managers to make intelligent decisions to improve efficiencies, safety, and public information.

Whether dealing with water supply, stormwater, or wastewater treatment, weather conditions impact both routine operations and emergencies.

Starting with Water Week 2018, we launched a new article series unpacking how Smart Water Utilities can utilize weather instruments and met data in these five areas:

  • Operations
  • Odor Control
  • Public Service
  • Data Analytics and Automation
  • Drone Use

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Vincent in the lift

Vincent in the lift to access the Orion sensor module atop the GRE wall.

Last week Vincent and Nader had an unusual opportunity to participate in the commissioning of a new Orion Weather Station for the Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at the Portland International Airport. The GRE purpose is to reduce environmental noise during aircraft engine testing. Operation is impacted by weather parameters -- primarily wind and temperature.

The Port of Portland operates the facility and chose an Orion™ Weather Station with Weather MicroServer to replace their old system.

Vincent and Nader inspected the installation and verified the data stream. In addition to everything working smoothly as expected, a highlight of the excursion was observing a couple of military planes taking off close by.

click to read the expanded story with 30-sec video

Hinds/CWS Owners Photo

Helen Hinds (center, widow of Gene) with members of the Hinds Family who are owners of Columbia Weather Systems: Paul and Julie, James and Nancy, Tom and Judy, Nader and Martha (Hinds) Khoury

We’ve made no secret of the fact that Columbia Weather Systems is a family-owned small business. Today we’d like to offer a glimpse into the family.

Last week we celebrated the retirement of one of the CWS owners, Paul Hinds, president of Hinds Instruments, from which CWS was spun off in 1997. It was a bit of a history review.

  • In 1971, Hinds International was started by Gene Hinds, joined by his eldest son Paul. In later years, sons James and Tom also joined the company as it grew.
  • Rebranded “Hinds Instruments”, the company narrowed its focus to manufacture two very different scientific instruments – photoelastic modulators and weather stations.
  • Gene retired in 1995 passing ownership of the company to the three sons who were active in the business, along with their spouses. The eldest son, Paul, has been president.
  • In 1997, the weather station business was spun off to create Columbia Weather Systems headed up by Nader Khoury and his wife Martha (Hinds) Khoury.

These video clips from speeches at Paul’s retirement party offer some insight into the character of the company leadership. The first is from Tom Hinds who takes over as president of Hinds Instruments. The second are some reflections from Paul himself.

Fire 5 Reasons

Accurate, on-site weather data is an important component of incident response.

If you are in the business of emergency management, public safety, fire, hazmat, etc., this new article on our website might be of interest to help sell your department on the idea of having a weather station ... or two or three.

Being aware of the weather conditions before, during, and after an incident is imperative.” ~Chuck Sallade in Firefighter Nation

Fleshing out ideas from a previous blog post, this article goes into greater detail with more specific information and insightful quotes from industry leaders.

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Pulsar 100 Precipitation Monitor

The new Pulsar 100™ Precipitation Monitor offers the latest technology in rich precipitation data.

The 24-GHz Doppler radar precipitation-only monitoring system was developed in response to the requirements of Ferrari for vehicle testing, and “will be useful for applications that require fast response, high resolution, and precipitation types,” according to Nader Khoury, CWS president. “The Pulsar 100 is a powerful sensor with the latest technology that gives us rich data for multiple types of precipitation.”

  • Distinguishes precipitation types such as rain, freezing rain, hail, snow and sleet.
  • Maintenance-free, making it useful in areas that are difficult to access.
  • Detects precipitation from the first drop, enabling users to make immediate decisions and eliminating the delays of an accumulation-based system such as tipping bucket.

Data is monitored via the Weather MicroServer offering a variety of real-time monitoring and data collection options including Internet and industrial protocols.

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