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Color Weather Display

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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.



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


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.

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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.


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.