IN THE NEWS
WEATHER VOX MAKES LIFE A LITTLE EASIER
to work is a way of life for most people and driving 20 minutes
to 1½ hours is not unusual in our hardworking society. Most people
do not have the option of phoning their office in the morning
to learn whether or not they should travel to their job, but Bryan
Moore is one of the lucky few who can do just that.
Mr. Moore owns Agri-Chem Sprayers, a company that does custom
applications of herbicides and pesticides for growers. One major
piece of equipment owned by the company, is a nurse truck that
contains a 3000-gallon tank in which chemicals and water are mixed
before spraying. The large truck remains at a site near the Columbia
River between Oregon and Washington where his customers are located.
The round trip to the site from his office in Hermiston, Oregon
is about 100 miles. He used to get up every morning at 4:00 am
and drive a pick-up truck to the site where his nurse truck was
parked. All too often Mr. Moore would find it was too windy to
spray effectively and then he'd have to make the stressful drive
After many long and futile trips, Mr. Moore discovered the Weather
Vox from Peet Bros. This unique, hi-tech little marvel, allows
the user to access accurate and up-to-the-second weather reports
by using a telephone or 2 way radio network. A 12 volt ac adapter
or a built-in backup battery can power it so that functions are
never lost. Now, thanks to the Weather Vox, an ULTIMETER Weather
Station and a cellular phone situated in his truck, Mr. Moore's
commute is more productive. He is able to rise at 4:00 am, call
up his cellular phone, get the temperature, wind speed and direction
at the site of his truck and then determine the prospect of spraying
that day. When he is working, Mr. Moore stores temperature and
wind speed data from the Weather Station in his permanent records.
When conditions prevent spraying, Mr. Moore can spend more time
catching-up on paperwork in his office.
The Weather Vox has been an important convenience and significant
timesaving device for Bryan Moore. We are pleased to have made
his life a little easier.
ULTIMETER 2000 MEASURING WEATHER ON MARS!
130 miles southeast of New Orleans, in a record-setting 2,940
feet water depth in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, stands the
Mars Tension Leg Platform (TLP). The platform measures 3,250 feet
high from seafloor to the crown block of the drilling rig. Its
steel weight is nearly 36,500 tons. This massive installation
was designed and engineered by Shell Oil Company in order to access
one of the largest and deepest oil and natural gas deposits ever
found in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil is transported to shore through
the Mars Pipe Line system, which has the capacity to move 250,000
barrels of oil per day.
Severe storms and hurricanes are frequent in the Gulf of Mexico.
The TLP was designed to withstand both hurricane force waves of
71 feet high and winds of 140 mph., making weather conditions
an important element in the safety of the employees based at the
site as well as for the preservation of this billion-dollar installation.
Shell, a majority owner, thought it was important to purchase
several weather stations in order to observe and record the most
current weather conditions. The ULTIMETER 2000 Weather Station
was chosen for this purpose.
Weather stations installed on Mars are a very critical part of
the data information gathering system. The weather information
is used to communicate accurate and up to the second reports to
incoming and outgoing helicopter flights, to schedule crane lifting
operations and to plan on-deck activities. The barometric alarm
also warns personnel of severe weather, thunderstorms, squalls
and water spouts approaching Mars.
Here is another fine example of the ULTIMETER 2000 meeting a critical
and difficult industrial application.
ULTIMETER AT THE CENTER OF METEOROLOGICAL STUDIES
to the 1950s, meteorology was not taught as a unique scientific
discipline; interested students generally enrolled in the engineering
or physics department. Following great breakthroughs in research
and the development of supercomputers, weather radar, meteorological
satellites and other remote-sensing technologies, meteorology
emerged as a legitimate area of research and universities instituted
departments exclusively for the study of meteorology or atmospheric
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was established in 1982. Today
DAS conducts a significant number of advanced research programs
while offering a broad range of meteorology courses for both undergraduate
and graduate study.
When the faculty recently needed to replace their old Heathkit
weather station, the job of finding the best system on the market
went to Mr. David Wojtowicz, Systems Manager, who is responsible
for purchasing all electronic equipment for DAS. Through Internet
and telephone research he carefully studied the design and reliability
of various systems before ultimately selected the ULTIMETER 2000
System. He discovered that the ULTIMETER 2000, although very reasonably
priced, matches or exceeds the basic capabilities of other systems
and in addition, offers many outstanding features and accessories
he simply couldn't buy elsewhere at any price.
The Weather Picture was one accessory that caught Mr. Wojtowicz's
eye. This large, highly-visible weather display gathers the information
from the ULTIMETER 2000 keyboard and shows the key up-to-the-second
weather information. It is prominently located among the weather
maps in the meteorology lab, where professors and students can
quickly glance at the weather data they need.
Another reason Mr. Wojtowicz selected our system is the ease with
which it can be connected to a computer to collect and storage
of data for future research use. The wide variety of software
programs offered by Peet Bros. makes it equally easy to connect
to a local area network, or even the Internet. "We make the data
available in real time to all the students and staff via the department's
computer network so current observations can be made from their
desks. Time-series plots often show interesting weather events.
For example, during a storm earlier this month, we were able to
identify a wind gust that blew over a large tree near our building."
Living an area that sees its share of winter weather, Mr. Wojtowicz
also appreciated the value of our unique heated wind sensor and
our heated ULTIMETER PRO rain gauge. The precipitation totals
from the rain gauge are automatically e-mailed each day to the
Illinois State Water Survey for inclusion in their records. We
are pleased our ULTIMETER 2000 is making a contribution to meteorological
research at this important facility.
UP AND AWAY
about everyone around an airport is keenly interested in weather:
pilots, other flight crew members, mechanics, counter staff, in-flight
food concessionaires, airport shop keepers, arriving passengers,
departing passengers and all those who are meeting them or seeing
them off. While pilots can usually monitor the latest weather
satellite images, National Weather Service forecasts, etc., most
others around an airport have no easy way to access accurate local
That's what prompted James Hatsis, Manager of the Greene County
Regional Airport in Greensboro, Georgia to purchase an ULTIMETER Weather Station and The Weather Picture. He mounted its big, easy-to-read
wall display in the terminal lobby where everyone can see vital
current weather information at a glance. Mr. Hatsis appreciates
the fact that The Weather Picture has no Pushbuttons or adjustments,
so curious children and unfamiliar adults can't inadvertently
change the settings or clear stored data. He keeps the ULTIMETER keyboard/control unit in a private officer where he can set alarm
values and display all current and stored values as needed.
Mr. Hatsis reports that many pilots and others passing through
the lobby or waiting for flights have been delighted to be able
to follow the latest wind conditions by merely glancing up at
We were pleased when Mr. Hatsis and the Greene County Regional
Airport selected an ULTIMETER Weather Station and The Weather
Picture. We're doubly pleased that now, after having the system
installed for some months, Mr. Hatsis happily tells everyone who
asks, "This is the best product of its kind for the price!"
COUNTY KNOWS WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS
many other states, Florida has strict controls on pesticide spraying.
Osceola County recently had to undertake a substantial spraying
program to avoid a serious mosquito problem. To support the program,
the county pressed into service a network of ULTIMETER 2000 Weather
Stations that had previously been installed for use in emergency
situations including hazardous material incidents, fires and hurricanes.
The Stations are situated in a wide circle around the 1,500 square
mile county: at a forestry fire tower, three fire stations, a
soccer field, and the county administrative offices, as well as
at the secondary emergency operations center in Kissimmee. The
Weather Stations provide on-site, detailed reports of weather
data but most importantly for the pesticide program, accurate
local wind speed and direction.
The Emergency Coordinator and his staff developed an innovative
system for the pesticide spraying program. Data from all sites
is collected by phone at the operations center using special Weather
Modems from Peet Bros. Back up amateur radio links are also being
established. Processed data is made available to a laptop computer
at the spraying site and a cellular telephone link allows close
coordination between the operations center and the field unit.
By analyzing data coming in from the circle of reporting stations,
the Emergency Management Team is able to predict shifts in wind
speed and direction that will affect the spraying, and can temporarily
suspend spraying whenever a coming wind change might carry the
pesticide beyond the intended area. Peet Bros. is proud to have
been able to help Osceola County meet this important need.
VIEW FROM HAWAII
tabs on the multitude of man-made objects orbiting the earth is
the job of the Maui Space Surveillance Complex (MSSC). Managed
by the Air Force Space Command, the MSSC was originally designed
as an observation site for missile launches. Its present mission
is to track space debris and satellites for the protection of
Air Force Satellites, the Space Shuttle and the Mir Space Station.
MSSC recently unveiled its latest and largest telescope, the Advanced
Electro-Optical System (AEOS). This amazing instrument installed
on the summit of the dormant volcano of Haleakala on Maui, can
see a baseball-size object at 500 miles. AEOS is the largest telescope
in the world used to track satellites, the largest one in the
DOD surveillance system and the only one in the MSSC capable of
observing very faint astronomical phenomena. In addition to tracking
space objects, the AEOS radiometric, infrared and photometric
sensors can help determine whether a satellite is active or inactive,
tumbling or stabile, and whether its solar panels are correctly
oriented toward the sun. At the heart of the telescope is a 5
ton mirror with a radius of 3.7 meters and an adaptive optics
system that automatically corrects for atmospheric turbulence.
To protect this massive telescope from extremes of temperature,
wind and humidity, there is a retractable 90 foot dome that can
be closed when local weather conditions are threatening. Rocketdyne
Technical Services, which provides technical support and site
integration for the project, selected a Peet Bros. ULTIMETER 2000
Weather System for the all-important job of monitoring local weather
conditions. This system was chosen largely because of its superior
sensors: its elegantly simple, ultra-reliable wind sensor; its
precision aged thermistor that gives extremely accurate and stable
temperature measurements; and its unique solid-state capacitive-type
humidity sensor that provides accurate humidity readings all the
way from 0% to 100%. These engineers know they can depend on the ULTIMETER 2000 to tell them when its time to "close up"
shop. Peet Bros. is proud to be associated with this far-sighted
a weather eye on Peet Bros."