fire weather monitoring News

  • The Importance of a Dedicated Fire Weather Network

    Forest Technology Systems Ltd. (FTS) recently appointed an independent party to explore a common concern in the Fire Weather monitoring community: dedicated networks of remote automated weather stations (RAWS) for the primary purpose of predicting wildfire danger vs. repurposing existing networks of meteorological weather stations. With wildfires around the world increasing in frequency as well ...


    By FTS

  • Bringing the Science of Weather to the Sport of Fishing / Weather Data and the Competitive Edge

    Jim was raised in upstate New York where his first committed sporting endeavor was bow hunting.  Jim has a natural drive to be the best he can be, so when an old timer told him that the key to superior hunting skill was to keep a journal and monitor animal habits and weather conditions, Jim took that advice to heart. By the time he was 20 Jim had moved into the world of predator fishing and ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Iowa Hazmat Outfits with Magellan Portable Weather Stations

    Captain Robert Cox of the Des Moines Fire Department reports that the state of Iowa has set up seven WMD Hazmat teams to respond to WMD events anywhere in the state. Apparatus for each team will be outfitted with a Magellan Portable Weather Station™ and WeatherMaster Software™ from  Columbia Weather Systems. Weather data will be available on all hazmat runs to ...

  • As fast as lightning: The new weather sensor with lightning detection

    Up to now, there was little evidence to prove that damage or fires were caused by lightning. Lightning strikes can not only cause dangerous fires but can also give rise to great financial losses in the case of surge damage. This is especially critical for smart grids, solar panels and wind turbines, but also for building insurance, outdoor events and the forestry sector. “WS800”, the ...

  • Hot summer weather exacerbating ozone pollution

    Unusually high temperatures this summer may be contributing to poor air quality in many European cities. Thresholds to protect health from ground-level ozone have been exceeded across Europe in recent weeks, according to preliminary data reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Ozone pollution has serious effects on health, especially for older people and children, or those with ...

  • New Collapsible Roof Mount Mast for Vehicle-Mount Weather Stations

    If your vehicle doesn't have a place for the standard side brackets to mount your weather station mast, Columbia Weather Systems offers this new collapsible roof mount option. The pole is designed to be permanently mounted on a flat surface (such as a vehicle roof). It folds away neatly into the stored position. Applications include mobile environmental monitoring, ...

  • RainWise to Develop State-of-the-Art Online Weather Portal for Maine Firefighters

    RainWise Inc. has been awarded a contract with the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for an online National Fire Danger Rating Weather Station Network System to be funded through federal grants from the USDA Forest Service. This state of the art technology will provide Firefighters on the ground with up-to-the-minute local weather conditions for enhanced critical ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • NASA Releases Visual Tour of Earth`s Fires

    NASA has released a series of new satellite data visualizations that show tens of millions of fires detected worldwide from space since 2002. The visualizations show fire observations made by the MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instruments onboard NASA's Terra and Aqua ...

  • Dual-Mount Weather Station Used by Oregon Hazmat Team

    Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, Oregon’s Region 3 Hazmat Team, utilizes a unique dual-mount option from Columbia Weather Systems. Their weather station can be used for both vehicle-mount and portable weather station ...

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Launch of NOAA’s Next-Generation Geostationary Weather Satellite

    Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), successfully supported the launch of the next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V ...


    By Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.

  • Fire risk in Mediterranean Europe mapped using satellite images

    Satellite observations are valuable aids to detect and monitor fire activity. A recent study has investigated how satellite images of fire activity, together with information on vegetation cover and fire risk associated with long and short-term atmospheric conditions could be used to help authorities better manage the risk of wildfires in Mediterranean Europe. Wildfires, especially in southern ...

  • Boat Fire Spills Oil in Washington`s Gig Harbor

    GIG HARBOR, Washington (ENS) - The Washington state Department of Ecology, the U.S. Coast Guard and others are responding to an oil spill at the Peninsula Yacht Basin Marina in Gig Harbor. A boat fire was reported to Ecology at 9:30 pm on Monday night. State and federal authorities immediately dispatched investigators and responders to find the 46 foot pleasure craft X-TA-SEA on ...

  • Fire risk in Mediterranean Europe mapped using satellite images

    Satellite observations are valuable aids to detect and monitor fire activity. A recent study has investigated how satellite images of fire activity, together with information on vegetation cover and fire risk associated with long and short-term atmospheric conditions could be used to help authorities better manage the risk of wildfires in Mediterranean Europe. Wildfires, especially in southern ...

  • Forest fire damage in 2009 already higher than in 2008

    Estimates from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) show that 200 000 hectares of land in the EU have already burnt in 2009, compared to a total of 180 000 in 2008. EFFIS continuously monitors the forest fire risk, which at present is still high, and has just released the 'Forest Fires in Europe 2008' report providing a comprehensive overview of the forest fire danger conditions ...

  • Coal-fired power plants help ESRL scientists and colleagues verify satellite pollution measurements

    In a strange twist, polluting power plants in the West are actually helping advance air quality research. A new study by ESRL scientists and colleagues used the large pollution plumes from rural Western power plants to understand satellite measurements of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution over urban areas including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, and Phoenix. There’s good news in the data: urban ...

  • Monitoring how aerosols affect climate change

    Monitoring aerosols is of growing interest especially as current research has indicated that fine particulates are linked to not only adverse health effects but also climate change. It has been known for some time that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has been widely linked to adverse health effects such as asthma. Approximately 70% of particulate mass generated by, for example, bush fires is less ...


    By Ecotech Pty Ltd

  • Australian bushfires cloud air pollution problem, monitoring shows

    In a presentation to the GREENHOUSE 2009 conference in Perth this week, CSIRO’s Dr Mick Meyer said measurements taken at the Bayside Air Quality Station in Melbourne’s south-east during the 2003 and 2006 bushfires provided a guide to what could be experienced as the climate changes. “While air quality standards generally appear to be improving, a future issue will be quality during times of ...

  • Natural disasters: update on EU civil protection activities

    Since the end of June, the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has received a total of 8 requests for assistance from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria and, most recently the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - to help combat the forest fires raging across Southern Europe. These requests triggered an immediate response from the MIC. Assistance was made available through the ...

  • Local tech company lures top tech talent to Victoria

    Forest Technology Systems (FTS), is pleased to welcome Keith Campden to the position of Director of Engineering. Mr. Campden brings considerable valuable expertise to FTS’ management team, with over 30 years of engineering experience and over 15 years of senior engineering management experience. Prior to his recent move to FTS, Mr. Campden was employed with global commercial sonar ...


    By FTS

  • FlowWorks Clients Now Have Direct Access to FTS Environmental Data

    FlowWorks is pleased to announce that users can now connect directly to Axiom™ data loggers made by FTS.  Often used for hydrology, and a prominent in North American fire weather station networks where extreme duty is required, the touch-screen enabled Axiom loggers are well known for their rugged reliability and simplicity of operation. Users of FTS loggers can now access their data ...


    By FlowWorks Inc.

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