The Cairns Jockey Club in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology has installed the latest weather station technology. The Weather Station provides real-time observations including Rain Data, Profiler Wind Finder technology.
Automatic Weather Station (AWS)
The Bureau’s standard AWS’s use sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, pressure and rainfall. Various advanced sensors are available for specialised applications. These sensors can monitor cloud height (ceilometer), visibility, present weather, thunderstorms, soil temperature (at a range of depths) and terrestrial temperature. The AWS occupies an area of 16 x 16 metres and has clearance for the specialised equipment within the enclosure. Below is a photograph of a typical AWS installation. There are some real benefits to the Jockey Club as this equipment will provide data in all weather, day and night, 365 days per year.
The Profiler takes up an area approximately 30×30 metres, this is to accommodate the antenna array and the equipment hut.
ATRAD wind profilers provide a highly cost-effective measuring solution with a very low total cost of ownership. Ongoing maintenance requirements are minimal, operation is unattended and there are no recurring consumable costs. Any number of radars may be remotely controlled from a central location. BUFR data output is provided to enable easy data assimilation into existing observation networks.
The ATRAD Boundary Layer Radar (BLR) Wind profilers provide real-time vertical profiles of horizontal wind speed and direction with maximum height coverage of 2-3km (BLR/3), 4-5km (BLR/12) & 6-8km (BLR/27). They operate in the low- VHF frequency range, providing significant cost benefits and eliminating data contamination arising from precipitation, birds or insects.
They are well suited to aviation forecasting and now-casting operations or any application where realtime wind information is required. The BLR/3 can be field-deployed for applications such as wind-surveys, fire-weather, special events, etc. For applications where height coverage below 300m is paramount, a BLR wind profiler can be integrated with an acoustic wind profiler (SODAR) to provide high-resolution information to as low as 10m above ground level.