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Offline Snowda

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Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« on: May 17, 2021, 07:12:05 PM »
Is there a good resource for information on the physical installation of a weather station? E.G., what kinds of pipe and fittings to use, what to avoid, best procedures for getting it up, ideas for moving (for us on dock in summer and somewhere on land in winter (though tempting to sink a pole in to the ice for the winter but given ice movement it could end up destroyed)).

In my specific case (https://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=41964) I'm initially planning to attach a 16' pole to the side of a boat lift for a VP2+. Getting the ISS (@ 10-12') and anemometer (@16') above the canopy might be tricky. I'll also have a leaf transmitter on there w/ 4 temp probes for water temps.

1) Is it reasonable to attach the ISS and anemometer to the pole on the ground and then tilt the whole package upright and fasten to the pole? I'm not sure I can put a ladder up to mount the ISS w/ the pole pre-installed.

2) Recommendations on pole material? 1.25" OD black pipe? Is there a good aluminum option that might work?

3) Would large hose clamps be sufficient to secure it to the lift upright? Other ideas?

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Offline archae86

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aluminum tubing
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2021, 08:31:42 AM »
2) Recommendations on pole material? 1.25" OD black pipe? Is there a good aluminum option that might work?
I believe I used  6061 T6 1.25" OD 0.125" wall thickness Aluminum tubing to mount mine.  It seemed quite satisfactory.  I painted it to a color near that of my stucco, just so it would fit in better.  No obvious deterioration in a decade.

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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2021, 11:13:08 AM »
Thanks. A 16' length of T6 should work. Is your's raw? Any problems with buildup of black gunk on it (this is along a walkway that people might brush up against)? Coremark near us has some Sched 80 in stock which is a bit thicker but I think should still work and be a bit more solid.

I wonder how well something like this (https://tele-pole.com/17-Sectional-Flagpole--2Diameter--Rope-Option_p_371.html) 2" dia sectional flagpole would work. More expensive but it's anodized so none of the black gunk problems. Some older discussion here: https://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=13630.0



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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2021, 01:35:07 PM »
CWOP has a good starting guide on placement.
It is recommended over a grassy, open area for best results. Rock, gravel, etc. reflect/radiate heat and can cause false high readings.

https://weather.gladstonefamily.net/CWOP-Siting.pdf
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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2021, 07:03:54 PM »
I wanted to add in that I see you look like you'll be mounting it at a Marina, so the Aluminum will bias readings all time since it is a heat absorber/releaser. If you are just interested in that location, no worries, but that would definitely not be an area I would be sending data to CWOP.  ;)
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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2021, 10:19:50 AM »
Thanks. A primary bit of this is to get wind readings (and water temp) on the lake for sailing. We've been using flags but the logging is a bit antiquated so we don't have good gust info :-)

If this works well I may see if I can find a good spot on land for the ISS and get a separate anemometer and xmitter for the lake. Unfortunately we're in a fairly wooded area.

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I could possibly do a single pole where the magenta dot is.  Something on top of the studio (red building) could work though might take some work on my wife from an aesthetics standpoint as well as figuring out the best way to mount it as that roof will have Tesla solar shingles in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2021, 02:55:21 PM »
Alright, now seeing the full picture, this is what I would suggest...

1) Place the ISS on a pole where the dot is. After all, you care about the rain received on your land, not the rain received on the water.

2) Place the anemometer on the dock with a remote sensor transmitter.

3) Place a remote temperature station on the dock with a sensor in the water. You could even do multiple depths if you wish.

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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2021, 03:06:14 PM »
Wouldn't it get better rainfall, UV and solar radiation readings from the more open lake area than the more enclosed land area? How much would temps like be affected by the boat lift canopy?  It is medium blue sunbrella but this is also a 24hr fan aspirated temp station. 

OTOH, I'd guess a land location would provide better info for gardening?

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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2021, 03:24:20 PM »
It's really up to you. Personally, I would not care how much rain the lake gets. I would care about how much rain the yard gets. However, you may feel differently and that's certainly okay. As for UV and solar radiation, the readings will definitely be higher out on the dock as the yard would be subject to more shading.

Basically, you have two environments at your property. You're going to have to decide what you want to measure in each location. The good news is that with a WeatherLink Live receiver, you can have up to eight stations. So you don't really have to pick and choose. You can place whatever sensors you want wherever you want.

Example 1:
Yard: ISS with rain, temp, humidity
Dock: ISS with wind, UV, solar radiation
Dock: Temperature station (for water temp)

Example 2:
Yard: Full station with 24 hour fan
Dock: Full station with no fan or day fan (rely more on wind for air flow)
Dock: Temperature station (for water temp)

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Re: Physical installation (VP2+ ISS & Anemometer) FAQ ?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2021, 05:30:04 PM »
I would go with the purple dot option on a permanent basis, as opposed to the 6 monthly seasonal relocation thing 

 

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