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2020 News Archive

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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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