The nature of emergency response dictates that emergency weather stations must be easy to deploy and operate, endure rough handling and harsh conditions, and provide reliable, site-specific weather data.
WEATHERPAK® is the only weather station that meets the requirements of Hazmat/WMD response operations and withstands the associated rigors. It is impervious to airborne chemicals and designed to be deployed in or near the hot zone.
Hazmat weather stations are typically used in two ways: either as a rapid response tool following the release of hazardous materials, or for routine monitoring of critical infrastructure (e.g., chemical, petroleum, water treatment facilities, etc.).
In either case, site-specific weather data can be viewed on the display screen and simultaneously fed to plume dispersion software (CAMEO®*/ALOHA®*, PEAC-WMD®**, COBRA, etc.). These programs graphically display a chemical plume overlaid on a map of the immediate vicinity, which allows Incident Command to make confident decisions based on reliable data.
WEATHERPAK measures wind speed and direction (every second), temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. Then it computes the values prescribed by the US EPA to properly update a plume model. The data is then transmitted to a computer from one to five miles line-of-sight via radio.
*CAMEO/ALOHA: registered trademarks of the US EPA and NOAA
**PEAC-WMD: registered trademark of Aristatek, Inc.
The WEATHERPAK RESPONSE hazmat weather station incorporates all of the features above that make WEATHERPAK the number one choice of professional responders, and much more:
The touch screen on the new RESPONSE INTERCEPT® display features Coastal's proprietary INTERCEPT® data collection, display and forwarding software. All weather data is quickly accessed through tabs at the top of the easy-to-use interface.
User customizable Log files are stored for 30 days and can be exported through the user interface.
Graph Screens include wind direction and speed, temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity. Users can view hourly and daily graphs, scroll back through the last 24 hours, or select a specific date (or range) to graph. The running hourly display is updated once per minute.
*Intel and Celeron are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation
WEATHERPAK RESPONSE is the easiest professional grade weather station in the world to install and maintain. Built-in GPS and an electronic compass automatically align the system to True North, eliminating wind direction errors during installation. One cable provides system power and retrieves the data.
Standard sensors include an ultrasonic "no-moving-parts" wind sensor and air temperature. Relative humidity and barometric pressure sensors can be added to meet your local requirements.
In 1984, the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approached Coastal Environmental Systems with a beta version of the ALOHA plume modeling software and asked if we would build a portable weather station to use with this new tool for hazmat responders. The objective was to deliver on-site data to the responders at the incident scene surprisingly a revolutionary concept at the time. The system we developed and tested, in cooperation with the Seattle Fire Department, is the foundation of WEATHERPAK® as is exists today.
The first "hazmat" WEATHERPAK was purchased by the Huntington Beach Fire Department (California) in 1988. Since then, Coastal has become the leading manufacturer of emergency response weather stations. WEATHERPAK is now used by hundreds of fire departments, all branches of the US military, and by militaries and emergency management agencies around the world.