Showcase Archives - Dyacon

In the Wild

  • April 26, 2016

The following is a selection of Dyacon weather stations operating in different conditions and filling different roles. If you have installed a Dyacon weather station, please send us a picture, we’d love to add it to our gallery.

STS Helicopter Services Weather Station

STS VIP Helicopter Services

STS is a charter helicopter company in Texas, US and was one of the early users.

As can be seen from the Weather Underground page, the station operates in a high humidity environment.

With access to a machine shop, STS fabricated a beautiful and unique weather station tower near their landing pad. All of the cables are neatly routed through the welded pipe; making a very tidy installation.

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Dyacon Station at Beaver Dam Wash Reserve

Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area

Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area is a high mountain desert site located in the extreme south-west corner of Utah. The Dyacon station is on a USDA-ARS research plot.

The site sees a broad range of temperature conditions, blowing sand, and high winds. Due to the loose sand and rock, rather than just stake the tripod, the users installed the station using concrete post bases and J-bolts.

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Cherry Peak Weather Station Mounted

Cherry Peak Ski Resort

The Cherry Peak weather station is mounted on a light pole about mid-slope. The station is fully autonomous and functional on solar power, even though it is completely shaded during the winter.

The weather station provides wind conditions for chair lift operation and wet-bulb temperature for snow-making. It can be accessed by resort staff using a simple text message.

Weather Underground Weather Station

Weather Underground

The Dyacon MS-150 weather station is mounted on the roof of the Weather Underground headquarters building in downtown San Francisco. It was easy to setup since no power or data connections were required.

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TW Daniels Forest

At the top of the beautiful Cache National Forest above Logan, UT is a little plot reserved for forest and hydrology research. The Dyacon tripod is staked to the ground and configured with double-length legs to keep the controller out of the snow and to stress of the tripod construction. The location sees continuous winds, which blow from nearly the same direction as well as frequent gusts up to 60 mph.

The consistent wind direction could cause abnormal potentiometer wear on most wind direction sensors, but Dyacon WSD-1 uses a non-contact angular sensor.

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Mammoth Water District

In order to monitor hydrological conditions, a water district in California installed a Dyacon weather station with heated rain gauge at a mountain well site.

The heater in the rain gauge turns on only when needed.

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Grand Canyon Weather Station

Sundance Helicopters in Grand Canyon

Sundance Helicopters flies tourists from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon for picnics next to the Colorado river. Due to the distance from the Las Vegas base, weather conditions can be dramatically different. Rather than run exploration flights to check conditions, the Dyacon station provides real-time weather data that saves the company money and reduces risk.

The user staked the weather station in sandy and rocky soil near the landing zone. Due to the location in the bottom the canyon, the cell phone signal strength is very low, but transmits Weather Underground data, text messages, and receives over-the-air firmware updates.

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Community Airport

Small airports are often only served by a wind sock, which are hard to see when you’re flying back into town. Dyacon weather stations can provide advisory information through text message and Weather Underground.

The Preston, ID airport station is installed in sandy soil using stakes to secure the tripod. The weather station uses a rain gauge, pyranometer, and soil temperature sensor which serve as a reference for the rural agricultural area. The station uploads to WeatherUnderground and MesoWest.

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Oysterville, Washington

Working in conjunction with Oregon State University coastal geomorphologist Nick Cohn, Dyacon installed an MS-140 weather station directly on the beach in Long Beach, Washington. The station was deployed for nine months as part of the Aeolian Sediment Transport and Coastal Dune Evolution project measuring sediment transport on the ocean floor, beach, and dunes.

This installation was unique for Dyacon and the first experience in a coastal environment. Due to permit restrictions, the tripod could not be permanently anchored so we used Dyacon Sand and Snow Plates. These were buried about 6 inches in the sand and two stakes used on each foot. The tripod held firm throughout the winter and was removed at the conclusion of the study.

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Industrial Weather Station

  • May 2, 2014
Weather Station Industrial Showcase

Situation

Real‑time, local weather instruments may be required in certain industrial applications, for example: process control, worker safety, incident response, environmental temperature, wind loads, and precipitation volume. HVAC in large facilities may also require “weather” instruments when a wall thermostat just won’t cut it.

You might wonder how to get the measurement data you need for your industrial application. Depending on your circumstances, you might have questions, such as:

What sensors can I connect to a programmable logic controller (PLC)?

Do I need an air temperature sensor far away (e.g., 2,000 ft, or 600 m) from the controller?

Do I need to monitor conditions at the evaporation pond or waste treatment facility?

Do I want instruments with better longevity and performance than a department store system?

Solution

Dyacon weather stations are an excellent choice for industrial applications. Made in the USA, Dyacon sensors and weather stations utilize Modbus RS‑485; this lets you run more than 1,000 feet (300 m) of cable to the weather station.

Basic weather stations measurements include the following: wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. Data logging is available on all units. Lightning detection is also available for safety alerts.

(If you don’t need a full weather station, a Dyacon wind sensor and air sensor are highly useful for basic weather measurements. These sensors can also be powered by 5 VDC to 24 VDC, allowing for direct connection to PLC power supplies.)

When combined with a Dyacon tripod, Dyacon weather stations are also portable, which allows you to relocate them easily for best performance or changes in the needs of your facility.

Ready-made Weather Station for Industrial Uses

Met Station MS‑120
Line powered.

  • Wind sensor
  • Temperature, air pressure, humidity sensor

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Airport Weather Station

  • April 4, 2014
Weather Station Aviation Showcase

Situation

Do you use a small airport, private landing strip, or small municipal runway? If so, chances are high that the indicators of on-site weather conditions are minimal at best – maybe a windsock, if you’re lucky. While such basic indicators are okay if you’re on the ground, they are simply inadequate if you’re flying in. Weather changes, and after a flying day trip, conditions on the landing site can be significantly different than they were at takeoff. Your safety depends on knowing those specific conditions.

Of course, small airports (and similar) don’t typically have massive budgets for expensive, complicated weather instruments. Although high-end weather instruments have their place, the costs can be prohibitive. On the other hand, department store weather instruments might suit the needs of a gardener but can be unreliable on a larger scope (e.g., small airport).

It would be much more convenient and safe to have current, site-specific weather conditions in the palm of your hand, without having to access a PC, load a web page, or worry about app compatibility each time your phone updates.

Solution

Good news – Dyacon weather stations are made in the USA and are preconfigured for aviation applications.

With these stations, weather reports are provided in an easy-to-use METAR format through a simple SMS text message interface. Once the weather station is installed, you can simply send a text message request from your cell phone and receive an immediate response directly from the weather station. Each METAR report request will send an immediate message followed by updates every 15 minutes for the next two hours. Dyacon weather stations can also automatically upload to Weather Underground, which provides a graphical web interface with historical data.

The integrated cell phone and solar power capabilities allow for remote installations and easy configuration. The system requires no apps, no websites, and no computer voices. No special data logger programming is required. If you can set up your home stereo, you can install a Dyacon weather station.

Basic measurements include wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. Lightning detection is also available for safety alerts.

When combined with a Dyacon tripod, Dyacon weather stations are also portable, which allows you to relocate them for seasonal or temporary landing strips.

Ready-made Weather Station for Aviation

Met Station MS‑130
Solar powered with embedded cell phone.


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Meteorological Weather Station

  • April 4, 2014

Weather Station Weather Bug Showcase

Situation

Weather is many things. It is local – where you are, not what’s happening at the nearest airport. Weather is also fascinating. It’s ever-changing, and it affects everyone. That being said, most people are content to get their weather news from TV or the newspaper. However, being able to take one’s own measurements is far more interesting and satisfying.

While nailing a sensor to the side of your house might be a fast and easy way to go, legitimate wind and temperature measurements cannot be collected this way. (Long-term data require sensors that last more than a couple of years.) Similarly, department store weather stations might be convenient and cheap, but you get what you pay for. On the other hand, scientific data loggers might seem accurate, but they can be overwhelmingly sophisticated, complex, and costly.

The question, then, is if good quality weather equipment exists that does not require the writing of computer code or a complex engineering background? The answer? Absolutely.

Solution

Dyacon weather stations are preconfigured automatic weather stations that fit the bill: they are high quality, of solid construction (made in the USA), and a clear cut above the department store options.

Dyacon instruments are high-end sensing elements, but they are specifically designed to minimize cost while providing an easy-to-use system. Upon receiving your weather station shipment, you need merely to mount the components and turn on the power to start receiving weather reports through text messages to your phone.

The Dyacon Private Weather Station (PWS) is based on a Dyacon solar-powered met station and includes a wind sensor and an air temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensor. Rain gauge and data logging are added to round out the instruments. A solar sensor, lightning detection, and temperature probe are optional.

Features such as data logging, Weather Underground connectivity, and custom sensors can all be configured using the LCD menu or through the USB port. No programming languages, development environment, or additional software purchase is required for you to be able to utilize your weather station.

When mounted onto a Dyacon equipment tripod, your weather station can be relocated as necessary. The Dyacon tripod provides a stable base anywhere, be it in your backyard or at the summer home.

Ready-made Private Weather Station

Met Station MS‑150
Solar powered with embedded cell phone.

  • Wind sensor
  • Temperature, air pressure, humidity sensor
  • Solar sensor
  • Rain gauge
  • Data logging
  • Weather Underground connectivity

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Weather Station Applications

  • March 29, 2014
Meteorological Weather StationMeteorological Weather Station
Weather is fascinating and surprisingly personal, although most people are content with general weather news from TV. Wouldn’t your take your own weather measurements?
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Grower Weather StationGrower Weather Station
Television news reports and regional forecasts have their role and are important sources of information for managing your agricultural operation. But what about your specific local weather conditions?
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Weather Station Airport ApplicationAirport Weather Station
Do you use a small airport, private landing strip, or small municipal runway? If so, you’ll recognize the importance of knowing weather conditions, more than what a windsock provides, when you’re making flight plans.
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Weather Station Industrial ApplicationIndustrial Weather Station
Electrical systems, hazardous material storage, evaporation ponds, and worker safety will likely benefit from the monitoring and logging of local environmental conditions.
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Graphic Weather Data

Weather Underground Connectivity
Accessing private weather station data can be done with SMS text messaging or through your own Weather Underground account. See Dyacon Weather Stations on Weather Underground.
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Mining Weather Station
There are many environmental factors that must be monitored in the mining industry. Heat stress, heavy rains, winds, and lightning are all elements that must be closely watched to ensure personnel safety and ease of operations.
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Automated Cell Phone Weather Station
In many businesses and situations, it’s important to have access to weather information; whether that be for worker safety or livestock conditions. There are regional forecasts readily available, but the best option is always the one that gives you the most accurate information for your location. 
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Dairy Weather Station
Though regional forecasts can be helpful in the business of dairy productions, most of the time the local weather doesn’t exactly reflect the regional forecasts. I mean- aren’t we always complaining that the weatherman was wrong?
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Data Logging Weather Station
Our stations utilize data logging in a more efficient and comprehensive way than most other weather stations. Every weather station in our MS-100 series comes with data logging built in, and all data can be sent directly to your email or ftp server. 
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Education Weather Station
Creating interest in the natural world is a crucial part of educating the next generation. What better way to do that, than making data leap off the paper and into a child’s outstretched hands? Our customizable and affordable weather station is exactly what you need.
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Rocky Mt Maple Hallow 2Forestry Weather Station
Being able to have ambient weather conditions readily available can make a world of difference in your daily tasks in the field of forestry, helping with decisions about reforestation, tree care/thinning, firefighting, erosion control, streams, habitat improvement, and recreation maintenance.
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Fugitive DustFugitive Dust Weather Station
When in businesses such as building construction, agriculture, concrete and asphalt, mining, sandblasting, and smokestacks, fugitive dust can be prevalent. While low levels are unavoidable, many states regulate the level of particulate matter an individual business may emit into the ambient air.
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Heat Stress Weather Station
Heat stress is a major problem when it comes to manual labor, and worker safety should be a top priority of every business. With a weather station configured to your specific needs, you can rest easy knowing that the information you’re receiving is current, accurate, and relevant.
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Hydrology Weather Station
In applications like flood lines, reservoirs, hydroelectricity, water treatment, and urban drainage a weather station to measure rainfall, soil moisture, and other conditions is crucial. You can rest easy knowing that the information you’re receiving is current, accurate, and relevant.
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Waste Management Weather Station
Many factors affect the operations of landfills and other waste management facilities, but few have as big of an impact as the weather. Wet conditions cause loss of traction for trucks, dry winter conditions are ideal, and high winds create obvious problems. Because of this, having access to in-depth, current conditions for your area is crucial.
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Mountain Weather Station
Whether up in the mountains for recreation purposes or on the job, Dyacon mountain weather stations help you monitor the weather.
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Wildfire Weather Station
At every roadway entering a canyon or other forested area you’ll find a sign indicating the fire danger level, warning you to be responsible when starting fires. In every imaginable way, ambient weather conditions are pivotal for success. Being able to have information readily available can make a world of difference.
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Paraglider Weather Station
At every roadway entering a canyon or other forested area you’ll find a sign indicating the fire danger level, warning you to be responsible when starting fires. In every imaginable way, ambient weather conditions are pivotal for success. Being able to have information readily available can make a world of difference.
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ski-winter-sport-chairliftSnowmaking Weather Station
In the business of winter recreation, the weather can become both a friend and a foe. When the conditions just aren’t right for natural snow, snowmaking becomes a great alternative.
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Globe Temperature Sensor w-Mounting Fitting

Modbus Sensors
The Dyacon TPH-1 sensor uses Modbus protocol to connect to computers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and some data loggers. The sensor measures air temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure.
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DSC_0858Research Weather Stations
The Dyacon TPH-1 sensor uses Modbus protocol to connect to computers, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and some data loggers. The sensor measures air temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure.
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