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Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 06/21/2021 | Comments: 4
In this article, I'll share my experience collaborating on a research project to record some extreme weather conditions that may even set a world record!
On August 16, 2020, the weather station located at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park (California, USA) recorded a temperature... read more
Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 03/05/2021 | Comments: 0
In this article, I’ll explain how errors can occur when measuring the precipitation amount, discuss a correction approach, and demonstrate how an algorithm can be used to design high-quality tipping bucket rain gauges.
Liquid precipitation (rain) is at once one of the simplest measurements mechanically and... read more
Author: Ajay Singh | Last Updated: 10/13/2020 | Comments: 0
When we are faced with challenges, there is often an opportunity for improvement. In this blog article, learn how our engineers redesigned our back-of-module (BOM) temperature sensor to resolve specific challenges that impacted the quality of bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) panel performance monitoring.
Bifacial PV panels... read more
Author: Mike Nelson | Last Updated: 09/08/2020 | Comments: 0
There are times during major weather events when we may hear the news reporter indicate the local river is expected to crest in the next 12 hours at an estimated stage level.
What is a crest and a stage level, and how do they affect me?
Basically,... read more
Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 04/17/2019 | Comments: 0
Advances in technology and mechanical design offer vast improvements for those of you who need soil measurements at multiple depths—especially environmental researchers and anyone who works with environmental monitoring networks. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the measurement challenges you may face... read more
Author: Jason Ritter | Last Updated: 02/27/2019 | Comments: 2
Have you ever wanted Short Cut to support more sensors? Although Short Cut supports many sensors, you may have found that the sensor you want to measure is not on the list. What do you do then? How do you add that sensor to your... read more
Author: Matt Perry | Last Updated: 12/12/2018 | Comments: 1
Plane of array irradiance (POA) is a well-known term used to quantify the incident irradiance on a given solar array. It is the parameter most directly related to the power output of a PV module and is used extensively in PV performance analysis and modeling... read more
Author: Robin Deissinger | Last Updated: 10/17/2018 | Comments: 2
Can a simplified weather station solution still provide you with good measurements? In this interview, Alan Hinckley, Senior Application Scientist-Meteorologist, shares his excitement for the ClimaVUE™50 and how users of various backgrounds can benefit from its simplicity in capturing quality weather data. Alan was interviewed... read more
Author: Ben Conrad | Last Updated: 06/25/2018 | Comments: 0
If you have an eddy-covariance system, you understand the importance of performing routine maintenance tasks so you can continue to acquire high-quality, consistently reliable data. Some of these maintenance tasks are straightforward, such as making sure that the optics on your gas analyzer are clean... read more
Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 01/31/2018 | Comments: 4
At some point, you may have watched the real-time wind readings from your data logger and seen the wind speed bouncing back and forth. Then, you probably wondered if it really was that gusty outside. In many cases, what you are seeing is the resolution... read more
Author: Chod Stephens | Last Updated: 09/13/2017 | Comments: 4
To help environmental researchers who measure solar radiation improve their measurements and simplify their lives, Campbell Scientific and Apogee Instruments teamed up to develop a new sensor. This new sensor combines features from higher-end blackbody thermopile pyranometers and lower-end silicon photocell pyranometers. The CS320 Digital Thermopile... read more
Author: Alan Hinckley | Last Updated: 06/14/2017 | Comments: 9
If you are considering using pyranometers in your measurement application, there are many things you should know about them and how they work. Having this information in hand will help ensure you select the type of pyranometer most suitable for the data you need for... read more
Author: Bart Nef | Last Updated: 05/17/2017 | Comments: 8
Although air temperature and relative humidity (RH) sensors provide the benefit of an economical means to collect measurement data for two parameters, there are some issues related to these sensors that you should be aware of. In this article, I’ll provide some background on air... read more
Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 02/08/2017 | Comments: 0
Are you concerned about frost damage to your crops?
There are a number of high-value crops that are critically vulnerable to frost damage. Especially on buds, flowers, and early fruit, frost can cost growers thousands of dollars per acre.
For a long time, many growers have monitored... read more
Author: Jason Ritter | Last Updated: 07/06/2016 | Comments: 4
Because there are many different types of soil water content sensors available, choosing the best one for your application may seem difficult or even confusing. To help you make your selection, it’s important to understand what soil water content sensors actually measure, what makes a... read more
Author: Robin Deissinger | Last Updated: 05/25/2016 | Comments: 0
You’ve got your weather station set up and running, your data is coming across just fine, and then a bird decides your station is a wonderful place to make a home. That’s great for the bird, but not so great for the performance of your... read more
Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 04/21/2016 | Comments: 0
Have you ever had a sensor work on a P (pulse) data logger terminal, but not on a C (control) terminal? Is the list of choices for the PConfig parameter in the PulseCount() instruction daunting? Campbell Scientific data loggers offer several options for measuring pulse... read more
Author: Jacob Davis | Last Updated: 01/06/2016 | Comments: 2
Do you feel lost when sifting through wind direction data that is listed in degrees? For example, can you picture in your mind what direction 195 degrees is? Would it be easier if your data logger could put your data in compass directions instead? In... read more
Author: Bruce Smith | Last Updated: 09/23/2015 | Comments: 0
Like most machines, automated weather stations require regular maintenance to provide you with better performance and longer life expectancy. A weather station designed to calculate evapotranspiration (ET) for commercial agriculture and irrigation scheduling has a number of components that require maintenance and calibration. Based on... read more
Author: Robin Deissinger | Last Updated: 07/29/2015 | Comments: 1
If you use automatic water-sampling equipment, consider performing a maintenance check-up during the month of August, which is National Water Quality Month in the U.S. When you perform a maintenance check-up, you can help ensure that your equipment is operating at an optimal level and that you... read more