The NEW Radar Precipitation Sensor WS100: Fast, reliable & maintenance free

Learn all you need to know about the new Lufft WS100 precipitation sensor in webinar on November 29, 2017. You are invited to our webinar about the Lufft WS100 radar precipitation sensor. Here you will learn everything important about the measurement technology, installation, calibration, fields of application, product benefits as well as its differentiation from other technologies.

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The Lufft WS100 is a maintenance-free radar precipitation sensor for meteorological monitoring. The only one of its kind – it recognizes the type and amount of precipitation from the first drop, and is preferred for remote locations.

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The WS100 helps to make important operational decisions within a few seconds. Due to the modern radar technology, the sensor detects precipitation from the first drop. It measures not only the quantity, but also the type of precipitation. The sensor also detects the drop size and divides it into one of the eleven different rainfall classes.

ABSOLUTELY MAINTENANCE-FREE OPERATION
Maintenance-free operation through ingenious technology without any moving parts. This distinguishes the sensor significantly from other methods for measuring precipitation such as the tipping bucket, the weighing principle or the optical method.

WHEN EVERY SECOND COUNTS
The WS100, with unprecedented speed, precisely measures precipitation from the first drop. It measures the precipitation intensity up to 200 mm per hour and detects drops with a size of up to 5.0 mm.

DIFFERENTIATES THE TYPE OF PRECIPITATION
Using a 24-GHz Doppler radar, it measures the speed of all forms of condensed water that can be observed on the Earth’s surface or in the atmosphere. These include rain, freezing rain, hail, snow and sleet.

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OTT Pluvio² Rain Gauges Used in New York State Mesonet System

The University of Albany, in partnership with the State of New York, are in the process of constructing the New York State Mesonet, a highly advanced network of weather systems designed to provide real-time weather data and warning systems to citizens of New York in the event of severe weather. The State of New York has had several extreme weather events in recent years, mainly Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and the Mesonet System will provide improved forecasting and warning systems for future weather events.

There are currently 125 weather stations in the Mesonet network across the state, and many have been equipped with the OTT Pluvio² Weighing Precipitation Gauge for extremely high accuracy precipitation measurement. Check out the video below for an overview of the NYS Mesonet and to see the OTT Pluvio² in action!

Sutron Joins OTT Hydromet and Hach Environmental

We are very pleased to announce that Sutron Corporation will be joining OTT Hydromet and Hach Environmental in 2015! The addition of Sutron to the group is expected to provide many benefits, including the addition of core technologies in satellite communications, advanced air quality instrumentation, and highly sophisticated meteorological software solutions.

Click here to read the full press release from OTT Hydromet.

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OTT Rain Gauges Used in Remote Precipitation Monitoring Stations in Andes Mountains

There are remote monitoring locations, and REMOTE monitoring locations!

Appalachian State University, in partnership with a multitude of other universities and the National Science Foundation, has undertaken the task of installing weather monitoring stations very high up in the Andes Mountains, on the Quelccaya Icecap (18,537 ft (5,650 m) ) in Peru and at Chacaltaya (16,929 ft (5,160 m) ) in Bolivia. Both stations included the OTT Pluvio2 Weighing Precipitation Gauge and the OTT Parsivel2 Weather Laser Disdrometer.

View of the installation site in Bolivia

View of the installation site in Bolivia

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An Introduction to Communication Modules for Water Resource Professionals

In systems that deliver water resource data to hydromet professionals, equipment within the system must communicate with each other. Systems consist of components like sensors, data loggers, control systems, and telemetry units. For data to be available, information such as measurement results, diagnostic data, and instructions for how and when to operate must be transferred between system components. Communication between the components within the system requires compatible connections and adherence to strict rules. Otherwise critical information may be lost or data communication may stop completely.

To allow communication efficiency and accuracy, rules are established so that elements of the system will link effectively. These rules of communication are referred to as communications protocols. Protocols exist for communicating through wired connections and telemetry. They may describe requirements for the system’s hardware, software, or both. Normally the rules establish things like common sets of commands, structure of messages, where and when to send information, how to acknowledge and verify communication, speed of transmission, one-way or two-way communication, connection standards, hardware specifications, power requirements, or more. Depending on the communications protocol, there may be more or fewer elements of the rules.

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