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Magellan Vehicle-Mount Weather Station

Magellan Vehicle-Mount Weather Station

All-in-One Sensor Module

  • Sonic Wind Speed and Direction
  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Internal Fluxgate Compass

The Magellan Vehicle-Mount Weather Station combines a rugged multi-parameter weather sensor with an internal compass for critical weather monitoring with automatic wind direction alignment.


  • Weather Protected Weather Protected Multi-Sensor Design
  • All-in-One Measurement of Temperature, Relative Humidity, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Barometric Pressure
  • Integrated Sonic Wind Sensor
  • Automatic Self-Alignment Using Internal Flux-Gate Compass
  • Rugged, Reliable, Quick Deploy/Install
  • Low power consumption - ideal for battery or solar-powered installations
  • All Metal Construction
  • No Mechanical Components
  • One year warranty

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Standard Magellan Vehicle-Mount Weather Station Includes:

  • Exterior sensor head with 15-foot cable to connector including
    • Radiation shield with temperature, relative humidity,barometric pressure
    • Ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensors with alignment adaptor
    • Internal fluxgate compass
  • Connector mounts on truck for exterior sensor input cable to interior Interface Module
  • Orion Interface Module with 50-foot cable to connector
  • Interior wall mount power supply
  • Telescoping mast (9-foot) and truck mount brackets (alternate Collapsible Roof Mount Mast)

The Magellan Vehicle-Mount Weather Station incorporates the following sensors in a compact, rugged, metal all-in-one sensor head with a single 15-foot sensor cable that connects to a connector plate on the exterior of the vehicle. Click to expand for specific sensor and measurement details.

A unique folded-path, low power sonic anemometer operates on the principle that the speed of the wind affects the time it takes for sound to travel from one point to a second point. If the sound is traveling in the direction of the wind, then the transit time is decreased. If the sound is traveling in a direction opposite the wind, then the transit time is increased.

The wind sensor has no moving parts, which makes it maintenance free. The measurement range for wind speed is from 0 to 134 mph (0 to 60 m/s) and for wind direction from 0 to 360°.

Barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity sensors are housed in a powder-coated metal radiation shield.

Barometric pressure is measured with a stable transducer using nano-technology, yielding a linear and repeatable sensor with low hysteresis. The piezoresistive pressure sensor module is mounted on a small electronic circuit board.

A microcontroller controls the operation of the sensor and the data interface. The microcontroller polls the pressure sensor module once per second for the barometric and ambient temperature. The raw readings are temperature corrected by the microcontroller.

Temperature measurement uses a precision triple-element thermistor. This provides highly accurate and stable readings.

Humidity is measured with a capacitive polymer sensor. This construction provides excellent resistance to wetting, dust, dirt, oils, and common environmental chemicals.

The internal compass module is low power and compact. It employs a pair of magneto-inductive sensors which change inductance with varying magnetic field strengths, to sense the Earth's magnetic field.

The microprocessor measures the output of the internal compass and then corrects wind direction data for the orientation of the sensor. The output of the wind direction is relative to Magnetic North. A user-programmable value of Magnetic Declination may be entered through terminal mode to enable output relative to True North rather than Magnetic North.

Wind Speed
Range: 0-134mph (0-60 m/s)
Accuracy: +/-0.5 m/s or 5% of reading
Resolution: 0.2 mph (0.1 m/s)
Units Available: knots, mph, km/hr, m/s

Wind Direction
Azimuth: 0-360°
Accuracy: ±5° at wind speed >2.2 m/s
Resolution: 1°
Units Available: ° Azimuth

Range: -40 to +140°F (-40 to +60°C)
Accuracy: ±0.2°C (0 to 60°C),
±0.5°C (-40°C to 0°C)
Resolution: 0.1°C
Units Available: °F, °C

Barometric Pressure
Range: 17.50 to 32.50 InHg (600 to 1100 hPa)
Accuracy: ±0.5 hPa (at 25°C)
Resolution: 0.1 hPa
Units Available: Kpa, mbar, InHg

Relative Humidity
Range: 0 - 100%
Accuracy: ±3% (at 25°C)
Resolution: 1%
Units Available: %RH

Accuracy: ±2°
Resolution: 1°

Optional sensors of Solar Radiation, Photosynthetically Active Radiation, Visibility, and up to two additional Temperatures can be connected via the Weather MicroServer.

Select your desired method of data viewing and monitoring. Click a title to expand text for additional information.

FTP output (XML and CSV) • XML web service • Internet browser user interface

SNMP, Modbus/OPC and RTU communication protocols are standard for Industrial Management applications.

Compatible with CWOP (Citizen Weather Observer Program) and Weather Underground, the MicroServer can automatically post data from your weather station to these network websites.

Open Weather MicroServer Page

Weather MicroServer

Industrial grade WVGA touchscreen displays current weather data, trends, min/max.

Computes and displays wind chill, heat index and other calculated parameters.

Seven-inch color LCD panel with 800 x 480 pixel resolution.

Available in desktop/wall-mount chassis, 19" rack mount, or panel mount.

Open Weather Display Page

Color Weather Display

Weather Master™ is our proprietary software optimized for CWS weather stations. It provides computer weather monitoring, calculated parameters, graphing and trend displays, as well as automatic archiving of weather data, alarm notification, interface with CAMEO/ALOHA, and weather web page updates.

Additional software options are available including third-party software for PC and Mac.

Open Weather Software Page

Weather Software

Connection between sensor head and monitoring device.

The Magellan Vehicle-Mount Weather Station includes 15-feet cable lengths for each sensor to the connector plate. Inside the vehicle, additional 50-foot sensor cables connect to the Control Module.

A standard 7-foot serial communication cable connects the Control Module to the monitoring device whether a computer, MicroServer or Display Console. Extra length RS-232 cable is available up to 200 feet, catalog number 8233.

Magellan VM Weather Station Connection

Wireless transceivers offer a cable-free means to remotely monitor weather information when hardwire installations are not feasible or practical.

Wireless transceiver options 2.4 GHz and 900MHz offer outdoor line-of-site range at one mile and 20 miles, respectively.

2.4 GHz: FCC (USA), IC (Canada) and ETSI (Europe).
900 MHz: FCC and IC

2.4 GHz Model, Catalog Number 8245

900 MHz Model, Catalog Number 8255

2.4 GHz Wireless Transceiver

Catalog Number 8250

This device connects the weather station to a Local Area Network (LAN). At the monitoring computer a driver creates a virtual serial port and converts the data to be read by the available terminal program or weather software such as Weather Master or WeatherView 32.

For weather monitoring applications situated in a large facility such as an industrial plant or hospital, instead of running miles of cable from the weather station on the roof to a computer on the first floor, users can take advantage of existing LAN cables to hook up.

This device provides for the flexibility of placing the weather station any where close to an Ethernet connection.

Includes a power supply, driver and Ethernet cable.

Ethernet Converter

Included with this Vehicle-Mount Weather Station

A 9-foot telescoping mast and brackets are standard. The mast mounts permanently to the side of the vehicle. The sensors should be stored securely unless in use.


  • Fully adjustable telescoping pole
  • 58" outside pole and 48" inside pole
  • Heavy anodized aluminum
  • Twist lock for quick and easy height adjustment
  • Collapsed: 60"
  • Fully extended: 104.5"

(If the vehicle does not have built-in storage for the sensor head, consider Accessory Catalog Number 88173: Protective Case for Vehicle-Mount Sensors.)

Open Installation Instructions

This collapsible mast assembly is designed to be permanently mounted on a flat surface and folded away into the stored position. The sensor head should be stored securely unless in use.

Collapsible Mast (collapsed)


Footprint: 7.5" x 42"
Collapsed height: 5.5"
Extended height: 70"

Order Catalog Number: 88018

When ordering a vehicle-mount weather station, please specify Collapsible Roof Mount Mast with your order. It will replace the standard side mount mast system at no extra cost.

Open Data Bulletin: Collapsible Mast

Open Installation Instructions

Collapsible Mast

Collapsible Mast (shown with Magellan sensors)

The following accessories are available. Click a title to expand text for additional information.

For vehicles without built-in sensor storage, a heavy-duty Protective Storage Case is recommended to protect the weather sensors.Constructed of ultra-high-impact structural copolymer, making the case extremely strong and durable. It is unbreakable, watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical resistant and corrosion proof, offering total protection for sensitive weather-monitoring instruments.Catalog Number: 88173 (specify Magellan sensor head)

(shown with Orion sensor head and cable, not included)

VM Sensor storage case

Plugs directly into the Ethernet Port on the Weather MicroServer.

Catalog Number: 8356

Plugs directly into Serial Port on a computer or Weather MicroServer.

Catalog Number: 8353

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