I'm hoping to get some advice about installing a new Davis Vantage Pro2 into a tidal marsh. I've read the CWOP manual and a bunch of posts from previous mast installs. This met station is new to me, I'm very much a novice with this. My only experience involves installing a cheap anemometer up on a 3/4" black iron plumbing pipe approximately 40' up to see the wind speeds at our cottage just before Hurricane Irene in August 2011 - which registered a whopping 38 mph max gust (certainly our location on the forest/marsh border was a bad location). Our cottage is on the eastern shore of Virginia, most of our property is a tidal marsh, the remainder is covered with 70'+ tall pine trees. I want to install a 33' mast out in the open tidal marsh, but I'm unsure about my proposed plan:
Pound in a pressure-treated 4x4 as deep as possible, then cut the 4x4 approximately two feet from the top and install a door hinge on one end and a clasp on the other side so I can tip over the mast when needed. The mast will consist of 30 feet of 2" conduit PVC, before tapering into a 1 1/2" OD pipe for the anemometer install. The mast will be secured with guy wires attached to the largest, deepest mud augers I can find.
Here's the landscape I'm working with and a pic of our cheap anemometer temporary install:https://picasaweb.google.com/timothysharac/MetStationSetup?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJz82P-AubKXmgE&feat=directlink
Any tips, advice about this proposed location and mast install setup?