Vaisala wins a major contract from US National Weather Service
Vaisala to deliver more than 1000 ceilometers over the next 5 years to the US NWS.
The National Weather Service (NWS) contract with Vaisala covers the delivery of over a thousand ceilometers, cloud height measurement instruments, over the next 5 years. Vaisala ceilometers will be integrated into National Weather Service’s Automated Surface Observing System network.
“We are extremely pleased that the National Weather Service, a major customer, has once again demonstrated its trust in Vaisala. They are pioneers in automated weather observations, and they place a great importance on equipment testing and comparison before any purchasing decisions are made. As this contract proves once again, Vaisala’s equipment has fared well in these comparisons,” Vaisala CEO Kjell Forsén says.
“Another positive fact is that we also won an earlier contract for the delivery of wind speed and direction as well as dewpoint measurement instruments for the same network.”
The Vaisala Ceilometer is a compact laser instrument for reliable cloud base height and vertical visibility measurement to up to 25,000 feet (7.5 km). Ceilometers are used at airports and automatic weather stations all over the world. In addition to the National Weather Service, the US national Automated Surface Observing System network is used by aviation authorities and defense forces. Weather information produced by the network is used for weather forecasts and warnings, in aviation, and in meteorological, hydrological and climatological research.
Vaisala Ceilometer CL31 • Measurement range from 0 to 7.5 km (from 0 to 25,000 feet)
• Second generation of advanced single lens optics provides excellent performance also at low altitudes
• Reliable operation in all weather: unsurpassed performance in vertical visibility and cloud detection during precipitation
• Fast measurement enables detection of thin cloud layers below a solid cloud base
• Modular design for easy installation and maintenance
• Extensive self-diagnostics with fault analysis text