Weather Pods

Center for Severe Weather Research

The Center For Severe Weather Research (CSWR), a non-profit research organization located in Boulder, Colorado, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with close collaborations with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Pennsylvania State University. CSWR's scope includes The Doppler On Wheels (DOW), Bistatic Network, and Rapid-Scan programs, and related tornado, hurricane, and convective initiation studies, and educational efforts. Several CSWR facilities are now available through the NSF Deployment Pool.

Weather Pods

The Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) operates a large array of ruggedized quickly deployable weather stations called Weather Pods. The pods can be deployed inside, around, or ahead of almost any meteorological or man-made phenomena including, supercells, mesoscale boundaries, hurricanes, lake effect snow bands, rainbands, microbursts and wildfires in order to observe thermodynamic, wind, and other parameters. The Weather Pods can be deployed where manned deployments are unwise due to remoteness and/or hazardous conditions, inside tornadoes, and on seawalls which might be flooded.

The CSWR Weather Pod array comprises ~20 individual pods, outfitted with instrumentation masts which extend to 1 or 2 m above ground level with data loggers and batteries enclosed above ground level. The pods weigh 40-50 kg and the wide steel bases provide stability even in extreme winds.  This weight also permits quick deployment by two-person crews. Typical measurements include temperature, relative humidity, wind, pressure, and GPS location. Instrumentation can be customized for each mission. For example, some Pod stations host Parseval Disdrometers.  About 5 pods can be deployed by each CSWR Mobile Mesonet.

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