This remote weather station is designed to operate in the harshest places on Earth.

The remote weather station for aviation in hostile and harsh environments is built around the ZENO® 3200 datalogger. It is quite simply the world's most powerful (low power consuming) data acquisition system. It is designed from the ground up to be the most accurate and flexible environmental data acquisition platform available. This remote weather station is similar in design and scope to the Permanent Aviation Weather Station, however several critical design changes are made for the intended harsh environment AND more often than not—AC power is NOT available at these locations.

Power management and sophisticated decisions are required by the weather station in order to be able to measure a full suite of parameters (full suite of meteorological sensors PLUS visibility and cloud height) AND operate with no AC power (battery and solar). Two way communication (via radio, satellite or meteorburst) is often implemented so that some of the larger power consuming weather sensors can be turned on and off as required.

In place of the standard "weatherproof" Nema 4X electronics enclosure, Coastal uses an O-Ring sealed canister constructed of 6061-T6 Mil-Spec anti-corrosive aluminum that is then coated with a baked-on thermoplastic resin. Standard Mil-Spec connectors are replaced with underwater connectors. This makes the weather station completely sealed—no air is exchanged in the cylinder so there is no need to change desiccant etc. Theoretically, the weather station could survive submersion—but it is designed to withstand temperature extremes, moisture extremes, snow, ice, sand, heat etc. Underwater connectors are used because they are sealed and are the most robust connector available.

This weather station can be ordered as:

  • A stand alone tower sending data to a simple LCD display (displays can be daisy chained) with a full suite of weather sensors.
  • A tower sending data to a Central Data Control Unit that then distributes the data to a variety of displays, PCs, networks, the web, etc.
  • Multiple towers sending data to a Central Data Control Unit that distributes the data.

In addition to the basic meteorological suite of weather sensors, visibility and cloud height sensors can also be added and this station can accept direct input from the National Weather Service's PDB-1 Altimeter. The station also has spare analog, digital and serial ports for additional weather sensors, multiple types of communications or driving displays directly (without the CDCU) or for multiple telemetry outputs (e.g. hardwire and radio; radio and cell phone, dial-up phone and radio, etc.).

The weather station can be configured to run ASOS algorithms, other standard algorithms or can be user or factory configured to run most custom algorithms. A variety of wind sensors, relative humidity sensors, motor aspirated shields, temperature sensors and visibility sensors can be connected using the existing flexibility of the ZENO® configuration menu.

Only Coastal weather stations have a Universal Serial Interface which allows the end user or third party to configure the system to accept and process data from new serial sensors. By simply using the menus built into the ZENOSOFT® software you can configure the ZENO® to communicate with most off-the-shelf serial sensors.

ZENO® aviation weather stations can send data several ways to the same or different locations. Because of the 5 serial ports available it can, for example, send data by radio and hardwire and have a maintenance port accessible by dial-up or cell phone—none interfering with the other. Radio can be two way (polled) or one way and most frequencies are possible including UHF, VHF and 900 and 1.2GHZ spread spectrum ranges.

Using off-the-shelf software, (INTERCEPT®), you can display the data on PCs, pass it to networks, web servers, etc. 

Please contact us for complete information on Coastal's remote weather stations.

Photo of Remote Weather Station

Examples of sensors used with the ZENO® Aviation Weather Station

Wind Sensors:

R.M. Young prop and vane, Climatronics cup and vane, Handar Ultrasonic, Met-One Ultrasonic, Gill Ultrasonic, RM Young Ultrasonic, Vaisala cup and vane, Met-One cup and vane, Cossonay Hot Wire, Irdam hot wire (heated sensors can be used only where AC power is available)

Relative Humidity Sensors:

Vaisala (many models), Rotronics

Temperature Sensors:

YSI thermistors, RTDs (2 wire, 4 wire)

Visibility Sensors/
Present Weather Sensors:

SCTI, BIRAL (formerly HSS), Belfort

Ceilometers:

Eliasson

 


Typical Sensors:

Wind speed and direction (gust and standard deviation—sigma theta—and various averages are calculated), air temperature, relative humidity (dew point is calculated) and barometric pressure (altimeter setting can be calculated).

Other possibilities include rainfall, solar radiation, visibility, cloud height (ceilometer), present weather, surface ice, GPS, etc. and more.
Sensor Specifications

Power:

The ZENO® aviation weather station can run on AC (110 or 220), solar panel and/or batteries.

Displays:

A variety of displays is available depending on the application and location.

Towers:

3 meter, 10 meter, 30 foot, 20 foot, plus custom heights.

User Interface/Display Software:

Coastal makes INTERCEPT® software to collect, display, archive and share data.