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2020 News Archive

Pulsar 400 Weather Station

Pulsar 400 Weather Station

The Pulsar 400 Weather Station measures precipitation accumulation, type, and intensity with a high-resolution Doppler radar rain gauge, as well as temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.

This sensor suite was recently added to our Pulsar line-up. It was integrated for a company whose satellite communication equipment is negatively impacted by rainfall and requires accurate weather data for large-scale operations.

Pulsar weather stations offer the ease of an all-in-one sensor, available in various parameter configurations with ventilated radiation protection.

Want to know more? Give us a call 503-629-0887 to find out how professional weather stations from Columbia Weather can benefit your company.

Weather Server Main Screen

Wind direction standard deviation and vector have been added to the Main screen.

Custom overview screen with logo, background, and work-decision parameters for Florida's Keys Energy.

Keys Energy custom overview screen.

The latest version of our Cloud-based Weather Server includes changes “under the hood” to enable us to customize the dashboards, for example, adding custom parameters or customer logos such as the Keys Energy custom overview screen with logo, background, and work-decision parameters.

A new Auxiliary screen displays additional parameters.

On the Main screen, the wind dial has been updated to include wind direction standard deviation and vector.

To make full use of all these new features, customers can upgrade their MicroServer firmware. Check out the CWS Weather Server here.

Contact us for more information: or call 503-629-0887

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature System

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature System

Weather Display

Weather Display with Wet Bulb Globe Temperature data

Columbia Weather System's Heat Stress System was developed for the US Coast Guard in Florida to help keep workers safe in extreme heat and humid environments. A key component in this project was the stand-alone Weather Display Console, as the customer did not want to interface the met sensors to an IT network for security reasons.

The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature System lists for about US$4,000 and includes:

  • Capricorn FLX Control Module
  • Black Globe Temp Sensor - hollow copper sphere with a matte black finish with temperature probe
  • Ambient Temp Sensor
  • Relative Humidity Sensor
  • Self-Aspirating Radiation Shield for Ambient Temp and RH sensors
  • Weather Display Console – Custom screen displays WBGT, Wet Bulb Temp, Ambient Temp, Globe Temp, and BP (Additional features include Trend, Min/Max, Alarm) Sensors include 50-feet of cable each
  • Additional sensors such as wind and solar radiation are available for custom configuration​​

Heat stress includes a series of conditions where the body is under stress from overheating. This dangerous condition can be prevented by vigilant environmental monitoring and adherence to recommended guidelines.

For more information, give us a call: 503-629-0887 or email.

Oregon Wildfire Smoke by Bethany Villero

Air quality indexes reached hazardous levels during recent West Coast wildfires.

Orion AQM Plus

The Orion AQM Plus measures common pollutants and met parameters.

Last month’s devastating wildfires along the West Coast have brought the effects of air quality to the forefront of conversation. With particulate matter from wildfire smoke reaching "hazardous" levels throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, supervisors have been relying on accurate, localized data for critical decision making.

Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring systems from Columbia Weather provide accurate, on-site data for analysis, compliance, and safety. The Orion AQM measures common gaseous pollutants along with temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. The Orion AQM Plus includes particulate measurement with PM 2.5 and PM 10 sensors.

In addition to public safety, measuring air quality is useful for industrial emission monitoring, building automation, and air quality research applications.

If air quality is essential to your business operations, give us a call!

Orion Air Quality Monitoring Systems

Calcasieu mobile center

A Magellan MX500 is mounted on the mobile emergency center.

Hurricane Laura graph

This screenshot by the NOAA shows projected wind speeds for Hurricane Laura.

For Emergency Preparedness Month, we are sharing this mobile emergency operations center built by LDV, Inc. for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) complete with a Magellan MX500™ Weather Station, WeatherMaster™ Software and display. Located in southern Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish is an area vulnerable during the hurricane season. The mobile center arrived just in time for Hurricane Laura.

Magellan MX Weather Stations offer GPS and compass readings, an ideal choice for vehicle and mobile applications requiring real-time met data on the go.

For a virtual walk-through of Calcasieu Parish’s mobile emergency operations center (catch a glimpse of the weather display at 1:37), click here.

Magellan MX Weather Station Information

Tidelands Health

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

Hurricane Isaias image

This NWS image shows Hurricane Isaias making landfall.

Tidelands Health monitoring view

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.

Orion Weather Station Information

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

Nader Khoury
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:

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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