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Capricorn FLX

Capricorn FLX on festive display at the CWS office.

Even this Capricorn FLX™ is feeling festive! For applications requiring a cost-effective, professional weather station with a modular design and low power consumption, the Capricorn FLX could be the solution (bow not included!)

Learn more about this product and other weather monitoring solutions from Columbia Weather, by clicking below:

Capricorn FLX Weather Station Page

incident command vehicle with weather station

Storm Tracker Jeep with Magellan MX600 Weather Station

Magellan MX VM Weather Stations

Color Weather Display

Meteorologist Gerard Jebaily of KSHB 41 captured this fantastic photo of a half-mile wide tornado with the news station’s Storm Tracker Jeep

The vehicle features a Magellan MX600 Weather Station and Weather Display console mounted on the dashboard inside. Parameters measured include wind speed and direction, air pressure, temperature, relative humidity, and rainfall.

Purchased in 2017, “The system is still in the field and working wonderfully,” commented Jay Nix, KSHB Director of Engineering.

Photo courtesy of Gerard Jebaily, KSHB 41 News

incident command vehicle with weather station

This guide is a great resource for those on the hunt for a professional weather station.

With extreme weather events in the news, becoming more common and having greater economic and human impact, many organizations are investing in on-site meteorological equipment to take weather monitoring into their own hands.

Specifying a weather station may seem to be an easy task, perhaps pawned off on a purchasing agent or even an intern.

But to get the best weather station for your application, a little groundwork goes a long way. We have compiled a list of considerations to help prepare a good Specification or Request for Quotation.

Our newest Resource: Guide to Buying a Professional Weather Station is about a 10-minute read, hopefully well worth your time. For the TL;DR version, download the quick checklist!

Whether you buy from us or another weather station manufacturer, this information might come in handy.

Guide to Buying a Professional Weather Station

incident command vehicle with weather station

Incident Command vehicle with Magellan MX500™ and Weather Display

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Magellan MX Weather Stations

Incident Command Vehicle Details

Check out this Incident Command vehicle outfitted with a Magellan MX500™ Weather Station and Panel-Mount Weather Display! Built by LDV for KIPIC of Kuwait, this state-of-the-art truck allows for on-site Weather Monitoring in emergency operations.

The touchscreen panel-mount display on the interior is designed to display real-time met data easily from a distance, even in a darkened control room.

Compatible with all CWS weather stations, the weather display is popular in mobile command vehicles, space research, oil, broadcasting, visitor centers, and military applications, with customers including NASA, Boeing, CBS TV, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Give us a call at 503-629-0887 for details on how weather monitoring equipment from Columbia Weather can help you do your job better.

In this 5-minute video clip, CWS President Nader Khoury walks through a recent order for General Electric (GE) Bahrain. This Capricorn FLX™ Weather Station includes mechanical wind speed and direction, temperature and humidity sensors in a radiation shield, tipping bucket rain gauge, solar radiation sensor, and barometric pressure.

This particular system offers 4-20 mA signal interface for PLC as well as a Weather MicroServer datalogger for network connection and additional industrial protocols.

Our systems are built to order and assembled according to customer requirements.

Our job is to make weather monitoring easy, so you can do your job better! Give us a call or submit a contact form for more information.

Pulsar 600 and weather microserver by Kezar Lake

Pulsar 600 and Weather MicroServer mounted on a pole by Kezar Lake

Kezar Lake Watershed Website

Pulsar Weather Station Page

A Pulsar 600 Weather Station with additional soil/water temperature sensor is helping the Kezar Lake Watershed Association accomplish its mission to “preserve, protect and maintain the ecological, scenic, and recreational resources of Kezar Lake and its watershed.”

The weather monitoring system was purchased in 2017 after “extensive research of available systems,” according to KLWA Board Member Don Griggs. “Only the Pulsar 600 met the criteria we established.”

“The sensor package has operated flawlessly since we installed it. We are very pleased with our purchase and the support we received. We would certainly recommend this weather station to others who might have similar criteria as we do.”

We always welcome feedback and success stories from our customers. Thank you KLWA and Don for sharing with us!

Click to Read Full Kezar Lake Watershed Application Note

CWS Weather Monitor App

Newly added Forecast Screen on the CWS Weather Monitor App

A new Forecast Screen on the updated CWS Weather Monitor App provides a National Weather Service forecast for any U.S. ZIP code. Users can compare current weather station data with the forecast to improve operational decisions.

The newly-released app version also includes some tweaks behind the scenes to enhance operation.

The app offers “instant data that experts can analyze when time is short,” according to Bear Valley Electric Engineering Supervisor. Additional customers include Nelson Irrigation, Brazos Pilots, and the City of North Liberty (IA).

The CWS Weather Monitor App is compatible with all CWS weather stations that include the Weather MicroServer. The app is available free of charge on the App Store for Apple and Android devices.

(*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.)

Click to View CWS Weather Monitor App Page

desktop weather display console

Desktop Weather Display Console

We have made new updates to the touchscreen Weather Display for enhanced navigation and user experience! Compatible with all CWS Weather Stations, this product is designed to make viewing weather data easy from a distance.

Here are the new features on the console itself:

  • Quick Trend – access trend data from the Main Menu. For example, pressing the Temperature box displays Temperature Trend
  • Daily Stats screen replaces Min/Max with expanded parameter information
  • Vector Mean Wind Direction Dial indicator

Network connect updates include:

  • New network browser dashboards (Real-time, Trend graphs, Auxiliary, and Latest Measurements).
  • Weather Underground and CWS Cloud Weather Server interface options to upload data automatically for Internet accessibility

The Weather Display is utilized in space research, oil, broadcasting, hazmat, and military applications with customers including NASA, Boeing, Farber Specialty Vehicles, CBS TV, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Current customers can email for upgrade information. This upgrade is available for models Weather Display purchased after April 2017.

resolution in frame

Resolution recognizing Tim Brandt's service to the community.

Our friend Tim Brandt of Dixon Weather Service Inc. gets some local recognition — well-deserved! The resolution signed by Speaker of the House Rob Vescoso includes the following:

The members of the Missouri House of Representatives welcome with pleasure the opportunity to recognize a remarkable Missouri citizen whose efforts and accomplishments have made him a source of inspiration to all those around him. Wheareas, Tim Brandt, a who worked closely with the National Weather Service in Springfield for many years, helped keep Dixon and the surrounding communities safe by keeping timely and accurate weather reports for several years.

Read how not-for-profit organization Dixon Weather Service offers local weather information along with National Weather Service (NWS) watches and warnings here.

Yokohama National University Professors and students with Magellan Weather Station

From the left, Nakarai, Prof. Atsumi Miyake, Dr. Nakayama, two students, and Dr. Shiota, with the Magellan MX500 Portable Weather Station.

Researcher/Meteorologist Michel Mesquita

Comparison of wind speed between ALOHA text description and WeatherMaster.

Weather Master Software Page

5 Reasons Incident Response Needs a Weather Station

Toyoaki Nakarai, former visiting professor of Environment and Information Sciences at Yokohama National University in Japan, and his team have been working with the Magellan MX™ Portable Weather Station.

They are collaborating with Yokohama Fire Department because “there are many chemical companies in their responsible field.”

These photos show their success in plume modeling utilizing the weather station data with ALOHA.

WeatherMaster and ALOHA software

ALOHA simulation result, transferred to Google Earth, through Marplot.

For information on Portable Weather Stations from Columbia Weather, click here.

Orion Weather Station

An Orion Weather Station near the highest point on the island.

Researcher/Meteorologist Michel Mesquita

Researcher Michel Mesquita by a seabird population on the island.

Orion Weather Station Page

Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research Article

On the small island of Hornøya in Norway, an Orion Weather Station installed on the highest cliff has been helping scientists gather data on endangered seabird populations since 2016.

Researchers from Uni Research Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research study how the changing climate affects the thousands of birds who make the island their home in the summer months.

“We want to study if weather patterns affect the route taken by these seabirds to find food, or if bad weather can make them more stressful, or whether other behavioral changes can be due to weather patterns,” writes researcher Michel Mesquita.

"We can now gather wind, pressure, rainfall, temperature, and humidity data at high temporal resolution thanks to the new weather station we installed on the island. We hope to obtain more funding to continue our collaboration and research work, such that we can understand more about the behavior of seabirds and the impact future changes in climate can have on them.”

Click here to learn more about this project.

Photos courtesy of Michel Mesquita

Orion Weather Station

An Orion Weather Station is installed on the roof and includes a separate solar radiation sensor.

Orion Weather Station Page

Weather MicroServer Page

WeatherMaster Software Page

“Imaging the world with lidar, photography, and aerial cinema” is the theme for GEO1. From a hangar located near Los Angeles, Calif., they offer services including lidar, high resolution imaging, and geo-spatial analysis.

CEO Ron Chapple recently expressed appreciation for the free firmware upgrade to their Weather MicroServer, and sent a couple nice photos of their Orion Weather Station installation which includes a separate solar radiation sensor. “The station has worked perfectly since installation,” he noted.

He added that their weather station “enhances our business” in these three ways:

  1. Location-specific weather data is provided for pilots landing helicopters at their hangar.
  2. Freely sharing weather data enables good business relationships with both clients and competitors.
  3. The weather data is integrated into deliverables when acquiring engineering-grade lidar within 15 miles of their facility on electric utility corridors.

With the Weather MicroServer and WeatherMaster Software, Aerial Filmworks interfaces their weather station to Weather Underground.

We love hearing from our customers, especially with photos from the field!

Brazos Pilot guiding cargo shop

Accurate weather data is imperative for manuevering confined waterways.

Brazos Pilots Association in Freeport, TX relies on accurate weather data from a CWS weather station for their operations. Deputy Branch Pilot Noah Niday comments:

"As Texas state-licensed pilots, the Brazos Pilots are chiefly responsible for protecting public waterways by ensuring safe and efficient ship transits on the Freeport Ship Channel. Every ship that comes in and out of the Port of Freeport in Texas has a Brazos Pilot who boards the ship and safely navigates the ship in and out of port.

"After researching multiple commercial-grade weather stations, we chose to purchase from Columbia Weather Systems because it seemed like the best combination of commercial-grade durability, accuracy of info, and usability for accessing the data on the go."

Click here to read the application note.

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