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MetPak Weather Station

Product code: WSMETPAK2

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Measuring wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, dew point and barometric pressure the MetPak with integrated WindSonic sensor offers unparalleled durability and accuracy in a single lightweight unit, the optimum solution for research and environmental professionals and serious weather enthusiasts.

The WindSonic sensor with ultrasonic technology provides extremely accurate and reliable wind data, having no moving parts the sensor is virtually maintenance free and easy to install, ideal for isolated locations and harsh environments.

Temperature and humidity is measured using a Rotronic Hygroclip HC2-S3 probe placed in a naturally aspirated radiation shield. Barometric pressure is measured within a durable UV Stabilised white thermoplastic vented enclosure.


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The MetPak weather station is supplied with digital SDI-12, RS232 & 422 outputs.

Data from the MetPak can be stored using the SpaceLogger W10 (WindLogger) and SpaceLogger W8 Wireless data loggers providing a compact affordable logging solution for long term data collection.

You can link your MetPak to our WeatherFile.com website which delivers a clean and clear display of your weather data in real time.

To view RPR Ltd's other complete wind and weather solutions please click here or you can call us on 0044 (0) 1590 641223 to discuss any bespoke system requirements you may have.

Richard Paul Russell Ltd also offer systems for long term lease or short term hire.

The MetPak is also available as a base station with optional remote wind sensor.

MetPak Weather Station measures
» Wind speed
» Wind direction
» Air temperature
» Relative humidity
» Barometric pressure
» Dew point
Units of measure
» knots, m/s, km/h, mph, ft/min
» degrees
» °C or °F
» % RH
» hPa, mbar, mmHg, InHg
Accuracy
» Wind Speed ±2% of reading @ 12m/s
» Wind Direction ±3° @ 12 m/s
» Air temperature ±0.1°C
» Relative humidity ±0.8% @23°C
» Barometric pressure ±0.5hPa
Range
» Speed 0.01 to 60 m/s (116 knots)
» Direction 0 to 359° (no dead band)
» Temperature -35°C to +70°C
» Relative humidity 0-100% RH
» Barometric pressure 600-1100hPa
MetPak weather station benefits
» Lightweight, compact and durable complete weather station
» Ultrasonic wind sensor with no moving parts
» Low start up wind speed (0.01 m/s)
» True 0 to 360° operation
» Serial data output options
» Easily pole mounted
» Low power consumption for remote monitoring
Applications
» Agriculture
» Emergency response
» Pollution control and plume modelling
» Education
» Weather Forecasting
» Transport
» Aviation
» Environmental monitoring
» Industrial controls
» Road Weather Stations
» Coastal Weather Stations
» Sports stadium and outdoor events
» HVAC & Building Automation Control
What does it output?

MetPak can be configured using the free MetView software provided to select the output rate and units of measurement that suit the application.

The MetPak automatically transmits a status code with each output to indicate the operating status of each of the sensors. This ensures accuracy and reliability.

The MetPak default serial output is as follows:

Setting Function
Comms Levels RS232
Baud Rate 19200
Data Connection Data Bits 8, Parity None, Stop Bits 1, Flow Control None
Output rate 1Hz
Message Mode Continuous
Message Format Wind Direction (degrees), Wind Speed (metres/Sec), Barometric Pressure (hecto pascals), Humidity (percent), Temperature (degrees C), Dew Point (degrees C), Power Supply (volts), Status Code (00) Checksum (hex number)
Output Sentence Comma Separated Variable
Node Address Q
Message terminator Carriage return and line feed
Power up message On

Example Data String:


<STX>,Q,DDD,SSS.SS,PPPP.P,HH.H,T.T,WW.W,VV.V,AA,<ETX>,CC<CR>,<LF>

Where
Q is the anemometer identifier. Can be set to any character Q to Z
DDD wind direction in degrees relative to sensor axis
SSS.SS wind speed
PPPP.P barometric pressure
HH.H relative humidity
T.T temperature
WW.W dew point
VV.V power supply voltage
AA status 00 ok, 01 anemometer axis 1 failed, 02 anemometer axis 2 failed, 04 anemometer axis 1 & 2 failed, 08 NVM error, 09 ROM error, 67 Temp/Humidity/Pressure or anemometer reading failed.
CC checksum Exclusive OR of all characters between <STX> and <ETX> as a two character hexadecimal value.
<STX> is the ASCII character with a value of 2
<ETX> is the ASCII character with a value of 3
<CR> is the ASCII carriage return character with a value of 13
<LF> is the ASCII line feed character with a value of 10

Details of other output options and configuration instructions are given in the user manual supplied with MetPak.

 

Configuring the MetPak

To change the setting of a MetPak weather station from the default factory settings, it is possible to communicate with the instrument direct from a PC.

MetPak can be configured using:

» A terminal program such as MS Windows HyperTerminal.
» MetSet Configuration Software: MetSet is a free software package that allows the user to configure the output and display data provided by the MetPak II. The simple interface features a range of drop-down selection boxes, providing the ability to enable or disable existing sensors and adjust output rates.

MetView software

MetView software is also provided free with each weather station, offering a clear, intuitive display of the current weather conditions.

MetView features five gauges: Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Wind Speed and Wind direction. There is also a digital readout of Dew Point.

How Ultrasonic Wind Sensors Work

The WindSonic sensor uses the time of flight method of air velocity measurement.

There are four ultrasonic transducers arranged as two pairs at right angles to each other. Each pair is used to measure the component of the wind in the direction between the transducers.

For example if one pair is on a North South line and the other pair is on an East West line then the North South component VN and the East West component VE are measured. These are then combined to give the actual wind speed and direction.

Wind angle  A = arctan ( VE / VN )

Wind speed  S = sqroot ( VE 2 + VN 2 )

To look at how the component measurements are done we will take the example of the North South transducer pair:

A pulse of ultrasonic sound is transmitted by the North transducer and the time T1 it takes to travel to the South transducer is accurately measured. The time T2 is then measured for an ultrasonic pulse to travel in the opposite direction from the South transducer to the North transducer. These times are affected by the wind blowing along the line between the transducers. For example if there is some wind blowing from a Northerly direction, then the time taken for the ultrasonic pulse to travel from N to S will be shorter than from S to N.

The time for the pulse to travel from N to S is given by

T1 = L / ( C + VN )

and the time for the pulse to travel from N to S is given by

T2 = L / ( C - VN )

where
L is the distance between the transducers and
C the speed of sound

From this the northerly component of the wind can be found from

VN = L ( 1/T1 - 1/T2 ) / 2

and the speed of sound from

C = L ( 1/T1 + 1/T2 ) / 2

Physical Dimensions 370mm height (overall)
290mm standoff (max) from face of mounting pole
142mm width
Weight 1.1 kg (including bracket)
Mounting Vertical pipe mounting 25mm to 50mm diameter
Material UV Stabilised white thermoplastic with gloss white painted aluminium mounting bracket (with moulded plastic V-block and stainless steel U-bolt)
Performance Wind speed Range 0.01 to 60 m/s (0.02 to 116 knots)
Accuracy ±2 % @ 12m/s
Resolution 0.01 m/s
Threshold 0.01 m/s
Units of measure m/s, knots, mph, km/hr, ft/min
Wind direction Range 0 to 360° (no dead band)
Accuracy ±3° @ 12m/s
Resolution
Response time 0.25 sec
Air temperature Range -35°C to +70°C
Accuracy ± 0.1°C
Resolution 0.1°C (0.1°F)
Units of measure °C, °F or K
Relative humidity Range 0-100% RH
Accuracy ± 0.8% @ 23°C
Resolution 0.1% RH
Units of measure % RH
Barometric pressure Range 600-1100 hPa
Accuracy ±0.5hPa
Resolution 0.1hPa
Units of measure hPa. mbar, mmHg, InHg
Dew point Accuracy ± 0.15°C @ 23°C ambient temp and 20°C dew point
Resolution 0.1°C (0.1°F)
Units of measure °C or °F
Sensors Wind speed & direction WindSonic ultrasonic sensor
Temperature, relative humidity & dew point Rotronic HygroClip model HC2-S3 compensated for temperature dependency.
Radiation shield 6-plate naturally aspirated
Barometric pressure Solid state device compensated for temperature dependency -20°C to +70°C
Outputs Digital outputs RS232, RS422 or SDI-12
Baud rates 1200 (SDI-12) - 9600-57600 (ASCII RS232, RS422)
Protocols ASCII or SDI-12 V1.3
Output rate 0.25, 0.5, 1 Hz or polled mode
Parameters output Polar wind speed and direction or U & V vectors, barometric pressure, humidity, temperature, dew point, power supply voltage, MetPak status code, checksum
  click on the Overview tab for details of the default serial output
Power Power requirements RS232, RS422 5 to 30 V dc
36 mA (output 1second) @ 12 V
SDI-12 12 V nominal (9.6 to 16 V dc)
< 36 mA
Environmental Temperature Operating range: -35°C to +70°C
Storage range: -40°C to +80°C
Humidity Operating range: 0% to 100% RH
Protection Class IP65
Miscellaneous Calibration Factory calibrated
Software MetView - free software providing the means for configuring the MetPak II and reading output data

The manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specification and therefore the information in this document may be subject to change

Case Study
Our following Case Studies give an overview of how this product applies to different sectors.
Please click on the title below to read the full case study.

Agriculture
Aviation
Construction
Education
Emergency Services
Environmental Monitoring (with SpaceLogger Data Loggers)
Environmental Monitoring (with Wind Systems)
Health & Safety Monitoring
Marine, Ships & Harbours
Outdoor Sports
Research
Tower Cranes
Transport Safety
Weather

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