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You've come a long way, baby! 

Original Capricorn weather station

Sept. 2014 -- Just about the time we introduced the Capricorn FLX, this weather station console came in for repair from a customer in California. It's an original Capricorn weather station pre-1980.

Says the owner: "Thank you for taking the time to even look at these Vintage units. They were the best you could buy at one time and they worked great." Unfortunately this one can't be repaired, but we should be able to fix up his 1980s Capricorn II.

Legacy Weather Stations

 

New Capricorn FLX™ Weather Station Continues Flagship Brand 

New Capricorn FLX weather station

Capricorn FLX Weather Station showing standard sensors with Control Module, plus optional rain gauge and optional Weather Display Console.

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Capricorn FLX Weather Stations

Capricorn FLX Vehicle Mount Weather Stations

Pegasus FLX Portable Weather Stations

Capricorn FLX 420 Weather Stations

August 2014 -- Introducing the Capricorn FLX™ – the new generation modular weather station from Columbia Weather Systems. Replacing the Capricorn 2000EX model, the “Flex” maintains the modular system of individual sensors with mechanical wind speed and direction.

Sensor options include:

  • wind speed and direction
  • temperature (up to four ambient air, soil, and/or water)
  • humidity
  • rain gauge (tipping bucket)
  • solar radiation sensors (up to two) 
  • barometric pressure (in Control Module)
  • two general purpose analog channels for additional sensors.

The updated control module takes advantage of new technology to minimize power consumption. Its automated output does not require polling. The new model also allows for 4-20 mA signal output for applications that require it.

The Capricorn FLX Weather Station is available in fixed-mount, vehicle-mount, and portable configurations. The Flex continues the Capricorn tradition, the flagship brand of reliable weather stations for over 35 years.

 

Extend the Life of Your Orion Weather Station 

Orion weather station

July 2014 -- The Orion is a maintenance-free weather station that will provide you with years of operation. However, there are some simple steps you can take to extend the life of your sensor module.

Periodic cleaning - To ensure the accuracy of measurement results, the sensor module should be cleaned when it gets contaminated. Leaves and other such particles should be removed from the precipitation sensor and the transmitter should be cleaned carefully with a soft, lint-free cloth moistened with a mild detergent. Be careful when cleaning the wind sensors as they should not be rubbed or twisted.

Replacing the PTU module - The PTU module contains separate sensors for pressure, temperature and humidity. Sensors can drift over time and the manufacturer recommends replacing the PTU module once every two years to ensure that your unit meets its stated accuracy. This can be done in the field.

PTU modules are calibrated when they are manufactured. No additional calibration is required.

 

Mount Your Weather Station Sensors 

June 2014 -- CWS offers several options for mounting weather stations.

  • The Roof Mount Kit includes hardware and guy wires necessary to mount and stabilize a mast to a rooftop. It can be used with either optional 10-foot fiberglass or steel mast, sold separately.
  • The Wall Mount Kit includes the hardware to mount a mast to the side of a building. It can be used with the optional 10-foot steel mast, sold separately.
  • For mounting to an existing mast or tower, the Universal Mount can be used either vertically or horizontally.
  • Our Tripod Mast can also be used for permanent installations.

Regardless of mounting, be sure to consider cable lengths needed for your installation requirements. Each weather station and communication option comes with standard cable lengths. Additional cable lengths may be required.

 


Congratulations to CWS supplier Met One : Oregon Export Leader 

Oregon Consular Corp Gala

May 2014 -- Nader and Martha (left) representing Columbia Weather at the recent Celebrate Trade Gala, a partnership of the Oregon Consular Corp, the State of Oregon and the City of Portland. Thanks to Peter Pomponi (right) of Met One, one of our sensor suppliers, which received the Oregon Export Leader Award. Congratulations!

 

We are pleased to partner with world-class leaders in the field. 

 

Price Increase Effective May 1 

April 2014 -- Effective May 1 product prices will be raised to more accurately reflect increasing costs.

Outstanding quotations will be honored through June 30.

 

Weather MicroServer Supports DNP3 Communication Protocol 

Utility weather station with DNP3 interface

March 2014 -- DNP3 ethernet communication is available through the Weather MicroServer. Distributed Network Protocol is used primarily in SCADA process automation systems used by electric and water utilities. 

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Orion Weather Stations support satellite tracking for Universal Space Network 

Universal Space Network uses Orion Weather Station

Feb. 2014 -- Universal Space Network, Inc. (USN) provides ground network services that support telemetry, tracking and control, and data downlink operations for satellites and launch systems. USN uses Orion LX Weather Stations at their operation sites in Hawaii, Alaska, and Australia.

“We use the weather station at our satellite tracking stations to monitor wind speed, barometric pressure and precipitation,” says Don Gittle, Ground Systems Manager. “If wind speed is too high, it could affect the tracking performance of our large dish antennas. This helps us protect satellite data. The other parameters help with determining the atmospheric conditions that are useful for correcting very accurate tracking data supplied to our customer.”

USN is a subsidiary of the SSC Group, a comprehensive space contractor active in many fields of space technology and services from the development of novel space subsystems to launch, tests and operations.

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New Application Note "Industrial Automation: Interfacing CWS Weather Stations" 

Weather Station to Industrial Automation Interface

 Orion Sensor shown with Weather MicroServer

Jan. 2014 -- Columbia Weather Systems has developed interfaces for our weather stations to be used directly with common industrial automation systems such as SCADA, DCS, and PLC systems. These systems are used in industrial manufacturing, as well as government facility and infrastructure operations and maintenance. This new application note describes the options with diagrams. 

"Industrial Automation: Interfacing CWS Weather Stations to SCADA, DCS, and PLC systems"

 

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