MEA Weather Stations for Iraqi Farmers and Alpine Skiers

Since MEA built its first crude weather station 25 years ago for scientific research on the Chowilla Flood Plains in South Australia, we’ve lost track of where all the descendents of that original ‘ancestor’ weather station have wound up. There are literally hundreds of the little blighters out there and many of them have been banging away for over a decade. (We know this because they are occasionally returned to us to have the spiders removed from their comfortable homes in the sensor shelters!).

We don’t generally talk too much about our latest weather station deliveries, unless they do something that breaks the mould (like the satellite-connected weather stations in remote aboriginal settlements in Central Australia featured in the last Logbook).

The latest of the mould breaking weather stations have just rolled off of the production line. MEA recently hosted a delegation of Iraqi agricultural officers, and Sonja led them though all the ways one can improve irrigation practices using simple sensors such as Fullstops, GDots and GBugs. Somewhat by accident, they spied an elegant array of MEA weather stations lined up silently on the factory floor, and it was love at first sight. So three of our weather stations will be given passports and shipped off even further afield than Central Australia…

From the low and hot, to the high and cold. We’re pretty pleased with our new baby the Alpine Weather station. It’s reporting from the side of a hut 1570m above sea level up on the Dinner Plain near Mount Hotham in Victoria. It’s viewable online and has been brought to you by the fabulous crew from TAFCO. It turns out that all MEA’s careful work in defining algorithms for evapotranspiration measurements could be recycled to spit out a new number important in artificial snow making. The new ‘wet bulb’ formula is now available in Magpie software for other users in other applications.

The extra good news for you is that if you want to know what happening at Mt Hotham weather wise, all you have to do is jump on the link:

http://weather.tafco.com.au/home/dinner.htm

Not happy with just that – well there are over 70 other MEA weather stations that you can access for FREE. Click here.


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