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Tidelands Health

Orion Weather Stations aid SC hospitals in real-time decision making.

Hurricane Isaias image

This NWS image shows Hurricane Isaias making landfall.

A screenshot of Tidelands Health's monitoring view.

“Having the best up-to-date information on when to shelter in place from hurricanes” was the goal for Tidelands Health to purchase Orion weather stations for two hospitals in South Carolina.

Patrick J. Devlin is Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness for Tidelands. An early adopter of the CWS Cloud Weather Server, Devlin describes how he shares meteorological data regularly with staff and first responders and that it helps with real-time decision making: “This is the link I drive our organization and partners to due to the security of it not having to access our secure network.”

Recently put to the test with Hurricane Isaias, Devlin commented, “We were able to monitor the storm through the cloud server. I was monitoring things from home and had no issues. I also know the weather stations were pulled up in the county emergency operations center and 911 center. It has been a great tool for us to share with our local emergency responders.” Thanks for the update!

The CWS Cloud-based Weather Server, compatible with any CWS weather station model, features real-time meteorological monitoring that is easily accessible to users through an Internet browser. Multiple weather stations can be networked, with the display including an overview option to view key data points simultaneously.

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Cloud Weather Server Information

Tidelands Health Website


“Our city is really built on oil and gas and agriculture, so we have a large presence of oil and gas development with a lot of hazardous materials in our community.” In the video (see link below), Fire Chief Fred Burrows explains the requirement for the Hazmat Command Truck for the City of Fort St. John, British Columbia. The specs include an Orion™ Weather Station with WeatherMaster™ Software. Located along the Alaska Hwy, the city of 25,000 has a fire protection area of 16 square miles, with highway rescue 200 km west and north.

The Hazmat vehicle was built by SVI Trucks of Fort Collins, Colorado, featuring a dual slide-out command center equipped with the advanced technology, custom storage, and equipment to keep incident responders working in potential subzero temperatures.

The Orion all-in-one meteorological sensor module is custom-mounted and stored in an enclosure on the roof. Interface to weather station is available with interconnected interior, exterior, and cab workstations providing up-to-the minute information to crews and command.

“This will be particularly useful in the future as LNG becomes a big part of our makeup in Ft. St. John and the chemicals and resource development that happen with it,” Chief Burrows concludes.

Additional details about the vehicle

Vehicle-Mounted Weather Stations


About a year ago, WHAS11 News in Louisville, Kentucky, debuted the Weather Beast, a Dodge Ram specially outfitted for storm chasing and broadcast including a Magellan MX600™ Weather Station with Weather Display™ console and WeatherMaster™ Software.

“While chasing storms and tornadoes with a vehicle like the Beast can be a thrill, the main goal is to match up what we see on the radar with live video of what’s happening from the ground. We often call this ‘ground truth.’ This ability increases accuracy and immediately shows us and viewers at home how severe the weather actually is,” said WHAS Chief Meteorologist Ben Pine in an announcement. “Yes, the Beast looks super cool, but more importantly, it is an amazing tool for the WHAS11 First Alert StormTeam."

The Magellan MX600 Weather Station includes ultrasonic wind speed and direction measurement, temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, and rainfall sensors, as well as compass and GPS readings.

Click here for videos of the Weather Beast


Even though it’s not “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day,” Ellie has been coming to work with her dad one day a week while he balances working from home with “essential” technical responsibilities.

When the office manager heard that Ellie’s birthday was coming up, and she wouldn’t get to have a party, a plan was afoot.

Our small company was able to social distance, spreading out at several tables in our spacious manufacturing area. We celebrated with no-contact delivered lunch, an ice-cream cake, and décor complete with Ellie’s favorite -- kitties.


Weather Monitor App

CWS Weather Monitor App offers easy-to-access weather data.

Columbia Weather Systems is pleased to announce the new CWS Weather Monitor App. This real-time app is compatible with all CWS weather stations that include the Weather MicroServer. The Beta Version is now available free of charge on the App Store for Apple and Android devices – search for Columbia Weather Systems.

This app makes it easier to quickly check current conditions from a hand-held mobile device for decision-making in the field. Data is formatted to be easily read in industrial or chaotic environments such as incident response, even on a small phone screen.

CWS Weather Monitor App can gather real-time weather data from multiple weather stations associated with the user account and includes three real-time monitoring screens which display standard meteorological parameters (depending on sensors available).

The app requires access to a Cloud Weather Server account, which is free to any customer with a Weather MicroServer purchased after 9/9/2015. (For MicroServers purchased prior to that, contact CWS for upgrade information.)

Click for more info on CWS Weather Monitor App


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CWS has been deemed “Essential” by many of our customers who work in/for government agencies including emergency management. So while our marketing and admin staff is working from home, the rest of the crew is keeping production and technical support operational with best practice social distancing and frequent Clorox wiping.

Sending good wishes to all our friends, customers, and suppliers!


In this 4-minute video, Vincent explains the process of installing an Orion weather station all-in-one sensor module with ultrasonic wind speed and direction, impact rain sensor, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.

Video includes description of the sensor, alignment of wind direction, connection of lightning arrestor, Interface Module and connections to various weather monitoring options.

At Columbia Weather Systems, our job is to make weather monitoring easy so you can do your job better!

Link to Orion Weather Station Page


New website design 2020

The Main Dashboard now features a 30-second standard deviation for wind direction.

The latest release of the Weather MicroServer (version 2.8.10378 or later) includes new real-time monitoring screens. Updated to align more closely with WeatherMaster™ Software and the Cloud Weather Server™, the Main Dashboard provides real-time data for the principal meteorological parameters, including a wind direction dial with a 30-second standard deviation for wind direction. This new feature was added based on customer feedback and integration with CAMEO/ALOHA for first responders.

The Auxiliary screen provides real-time data for additional sensors such as Solar Radiation and Visibility, as well as calculated parameters such as Wet Bulb Temperature, Heat Index, Dew Point and Wind Chill.

The Trend screen provides a trend graph of a selected parameter for the current day.

The Latest Measurements screen displays the real-time values of all the available parameters at two-second intervals.

The Main Dashboard and Auxiliary screens can be factory-customized to meet specific industry requirements.

Columbia Weather’s proprietary Weather MicroServer offers a variety of Internet and industrial protocols for automated reporting via computer or industrial automation system.

For additional features such as database, daily and monthly reports, and alarms, the Weather MicroServer can be used with WeatherMaster™ Software.

To upgrade an existing MicroServer to take advantage of the new features, contact us at: support@columbiaweather.com

Click for more information on the Weather MicroServer


New website design 2020

Updated look, increased functionality and improved navigation

Our newly designed website is live! With an updated look, increased functionality, and improved navigation, getting information on the best weather monitoring system for your needs is now more seamless and accessible. Take a look and let us know what you think!


IR sensor

The IR Sensor is mounted at an intersection in North Liberty

When the City of North Liberty, Iowa was looking to expand their weather monitoring for road safety/maintenance, they came back to Columbia Weather Systems. The new solution integrates an infrared road surface temperature sensor with an Orion 533™ Weather Station for year-round weather monitoring.

Read the case study here


Cris Gonzalez

Cris is our new Assembly Technician

We recently welcomed Cris Gonzalez to the CWS team! In his new role as Assembly Technician, he is responsible for building and testing sub-assemblies and sensors.

“I like being part of the process from start to finish and being able to see a finished product,” he says. Cris currently majors in Chemistry at Portland State University and enjoys going to concerts in his spare time.


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