Campbell Scientific builds a family of automated weather stations specifically for fire weather. Our quick-deploy Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) can be set up and transmitting data over voice media or GOES satellite in as little as 10 minutes, without tools. The preprogrammed stations provide standard RAWS data and comply with the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) standard.Read more
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Fire Weather Instrumentation
We offer a variety of products that can be used to create custom Fire Weather systems. Please don't hesitate to let us help you configure a full system that meets your exact needs. We've listed many of the major components relevant to Fire Weather below.
Sensors used in Fire Weather Stations
Our fire weather stations are equipped with a suite of high quality meteorological sensors for monitoring wind speed, wind direction, precipitation, air temperature, and relative humidity. Sensors to measure fuel moisture, fuel temperature, soil water content, soil temperature, and solar radiation can also be added to a fire weather station.
Data can be transmitted over a variety of telecommunication options, including satellite, telephone, cell phone, and radio. In the United States, GOES1 satellite telemetered data can be collected via NIFC2 and stored to WIMS3 or collected directly from NESDIS4 using Remsoft's WeatherPro and NESDIS module. NFDRS5 indices are calculated using WIMS or WeatherPro. Our High Data Rate GOES transmitter, the TX320, features transmission rates of 1200, 300, and 100 bps.
Campbell Scientific equipment can interface to many sensors with different output types. Our data loggers can also measure large numbers of sensors. The versatility of the data loggers allow them to serve more than one purpose. Our equipment has been used for fire research during prescribed burns, and monitored conditions near fire lines. A suitably sited fire weather station could also be used for avalanche forecasting in the winter or serve as a year-round hydrological monitoring station with the addition of a water-depth sensor.
Quick Deployment Weather Station
A simple, quick monitoring and reporting solution that can be used in extreme environments to alert and notify of changing weather conditions.
The FH500 incorporates a WeatherHawk 520 weather station with a RF411 radio kit, SP2 solar panel mounted on a rapid deployment tripod. The sensors of the WeatherHawk 520 measure wind speed & direction, barometric pressure, solar radiation, rainfall, air temperature & relative humidity.
Permanent Weather Stations
Campbell Scientific provides a wide selection of sensors and data transfer peripherals for configuring a custom station that matches the exact requirements of your application. Our fire weather stations feature simplified installation and operation with a standard suite of sensors, a prewired data logger enclosure, color-coded sensor connectors, and a fixed program in the data logger. Custom weather stations are configured from a wider selection of sensors and data transfer peripherals, allowing for greater flexibility in matching an application's exact requirements. Permanent fire weather stations typically use 20-foot instrumentation towers. 10- and 30-foot instrumentation towers and 10-, 15-, and 20-foot tripods are also available.
Data Loggers for Fire Weather Stations
Our measurement systems are based around programmable data loggers that measure the sensors, then process, store, and transmit the data. We offer a family of rugged, reliable data loggers, but the CR1000 is usually suitable for fire weather applications. Our data loggers have programmable execution intervals, wide operating temperature ranges, on-board instructions, and ample input channels for commonly used sensors. Our data loggers interface directly to most sensors, eliminating external signal conditioning.
Data are typically viewed and stored in the units of your choice (e.g., wind speed in mph, m/s, knots). Measurement rates and data recording intervals are independently programmable, allowing calculation of 15-minute, hourly, and daily data values from 1-minute or 1-second measurements, for example. Conditional outputs, such as rainfall intensity and wind gusts, can also be recorded. The program can be modified at any time to accommodate different sensor configurations or new data processing requirements. If needed, channel capacity can be expanded using multiplexers, including a model designed specifically for thermocouples.
1Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
2National Interagency Fire Center
3Weather Information Management System (database)
4National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
5National Fire Danger Rating System
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