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Keys Energy Services, a public power utility in Florida, is using our new cloud-based server in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The company uses the cloud Weather Server to monitor weather conditions remotely to make key operational decisions.
The company has four Orion Weather Stations, whose real-time data can be easily accessed. On a day to day basis, Keys Energy monitors wind speed to determine if workers can safely operate machinery.
Our new cloud Weather Server features real-time weather data monitoring that is easily accessible on the Internet. Users can view the display screen remotely from any device using a web browser.
Multiple weather stations can be networked, with the display including an overview option to view key data points from weather stations simultaneously.
The cloud Weather Server comes standard with the Weather MicroServer, a CWS proprietary monitoring option available with any of our weather stations. The MicroServer automatically uploads current weather data to the Weather Server at a 5-second interval. Additional features are planned for phase two, and customization is available.
Setting Up Weather Underground for Hurricane Data
Last week we received a call from Air Liquide, an industrial gas production company, for help connecting their Orion Weather Station™ to Weather Underground® in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey.
Click Here for instructions on how to connect your CWS weather station to Weather Underground.
Early this July, Columbia Weather Systems celebrated 20 years of engineering custom weather stations. Reflecting on the past 20 years, and looking towards the future, there was certainly much celebrating to be had.
Welcoming New Team Members
Gary joined us this month as our Business Development Manager. He has a background in environmental science, project management, and business development. He looks forward to connecting with new prospects and opening new markets and opportunities for CWS. “Great customer service is key to building new business,” he says.
Evan is a Marketing major at Portland State University, and the newest addition and intern to our marketing department.
In addition to marketing and fighting fires, he also enjoys videography, and works on student film and media projects at PSU.
Welcome to the team, Evan and Gary!
Kathy recently visited the Continental Tires Uvalde Proving Grounds in Texas. Uvalde consists of 8.5 miles of track that represent almost every type of road terrain and condition.
They push cars and tires to their limits. Customized Capricorn FLX weather stations record track temperature and location specific weather conditions—data that their engineers use to develop safer, better tires.
Speed, handling, braking distance, tread wear, are some of the tests conducted. Every external variable is thoroughly looked at as Continental conducts their tests.Wet pavement vs dry pavement, cobblestone vs dirt vs pavement, cold vs warm temperatures. Nothing is over looked.
Seeing their engineers utilize our weather stations for their highly intense and precise work was a privilege.
WeatherMaster™ Software from Columbia Weather Systems now feeds data directly to Weather Underground® for meteorological data viewing from any Internet-enabled device.
WeatherMaster is a PC-compatible software which can be used with any CWS weather station model. (Previously uploading to Weather Underground required a Weather MicroServer™.) CWS weather stations earn the Goldstar rating from Weather Underground as a “high-quality station.”
Weather Underground is an excellent way for companies to make their weather data viewable to a broad audience including workforce and the public. It offers a graphically pleasing, real-time monitoring screen with weather station data, some historical data and graphs. It also adds radar where available and the option to embed widgets.
Besides the Internet network site, Weather Underground offers apps for iPhones and Android phones, as well as the WunderStation App for iPad® devices. This makes monitoring weather stations easy across devices.
Lightning detection is now available with the new Pulsar 800 Weather Station.
“The added lightning detection feature helps customers who are concerned with public safety in their planning of a wide range of outdoor activities,” CWS President Nader Khoury explains. “This ranges from sporting events, to public concerts and outdoor military training”.
The sensor analyzes radio wave emission of the lightning and delivers a count of recognized strikes within a 10 km (6.2 mile) radius. It is designed for professional meteorological applications and provides reliable data, even in extreme conditions.
In addition to lightning detection, the Pulsar 800 includes Doppler radar precipitation, ultrasonic wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, solar radiation, and an electronic compass.
Combined, these features make the Pulsar 800 “an all-in-one source for making informed decisions regarding public safety,” Nader says.
Experiencing, enjoying and measuring the weather for former broadcast engineer of 41 years Michael Koenig has truly been “a lifelong passion". He began building his own weather instruments while still in early grade school.
Recently retiring to southwest Florida, a region known for having the most thunder and lightning storms in the country, he reached out to CWS to acquire a high-performance station to track the anticipated "crazy weather". He eventually selected an Orion Weather Station.
Michael wrote that he chose CWS because we:
“Thanks for delivering a stellar product," Michael comments. "I can't think of a more capable station for southwest Florida!”
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.
Nader gave a presentation on weather monitoring to the AWWA’s PNWS Oregon Subsection April Meeting 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:
Weather stations can be a tool to provide information for analysis, to make data available to other agencies, and to the public.
In an our quest for continual improvement and meeting customer requirements, we have added a DNP3 Serial interface to the Weather MicroServer.
DNP3 (Distributed Network Protocol) interface is mainly used in process automation systems used by utilities such as electric power, water/waste, transportation and the oil and gas industry.
The DNP3 Serial interfaces via an RS-485 port with configurable baud rate as well as master and slave addresses.
A mobile broadcast communication truck and “rolling weather station” provides 13WHAM television station in Rochester, NY a unique tool to accomplish their goals:
The Chevy SUV features the Magellan MX500™ Weather Station and Weather Master™ Software. Click a link below to read more.