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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.