Automatic - National Meteorological Service of Belize
Tropical Weather Outlook
  • For the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane Tips
  •  Fill sinks, bathtub and large containers with water as an extra supply for washing and flushing.
  •  During the hurricane season, fisher folks are strongly advised to stay informed via radio, listen to the weather bulletin before venturing out to sea. Move your boat to safe harbor early.
  •  Prepare your car in case of evacuation. Fill your tank and check your tires.
  •  Upon alert, farmers should harvest crops which can be stored, consumed and sold.

In an effort to standardize the sensors and equipment used in our automatic weather station network the National Meteorological Service of Belize(NMS) uses equipment from Campbell Scientific. We do however have intruments and sensors from a wide range of manufacturers such as:

Nesa Srl | Sutron Corporation | Vaisala | Onset | HyQuest | Apogee Instruments | Hukseflux | Gill Instruments | RM Young | Rotronic 

 

The main devices used in our automatic weather station network are seen below.


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Data Collection Platforms(DCPs) otherwise known as Dataloggers

This is an electronic, computer based device that records data over time from a sensor connected to it. The NMS uses six different types of dataloggers, as listed below, with the most widely used versions being the CR200X and the CR300.

CR1000 | CR800 | CR300 | CR200X | TMF100 | Xlite 9210B 

Communication Devices

Our modems allow the data collected by our dataloggers to be transmitted to our office at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. Data is transmitted every 30 minutes using our IP modems and our mobile 3G/4G data modems, while our satellite transmitters send data via NOAA's GOES Satellite every hour. We use the following communication devices within our network:

NL201 - IP Modem | NL240 - Wireless IP Modem | LS300G - 3G data modem | RV50 - 3G/4G data modem | TX321 - Satellite Transmitter | Stevens SATCOMM

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sensors

Sensors

Sensors produce a voltage/current output which is proportional to the change in the quantity that they are measuring. Some sensors are Active which means they need an external power source to operate while others are Passive which do not require external power to operate. Sensors can also be Digital, meaning they produce a discrete output representing a binary number or digit such as a logic level “0” or a logic level “1” while other sensors are Analog because they produce a continuous output signal or voltage which is generally proportional to the quantity being measured. Physical quantities such as Temperature, Wind Speed, and Pressure are all analogue quantities as they tend to be continuous in nature. For example, the temperature of a liquid can be measured using a thermometer or thermocouple which continuously responds to temperature changes as the liquid is heated up or cooled down. 

The sensors used at the National Meteorological Service are :

Temperature and RH

Rotronic HC2S3 | CS215 | 109

Rain Gauge

Hobo RG-3M | TE525MM | TB4

Wind Speed and Direction

Wind Sentry 03002 | Wind Sentry 03101 | Windsonic1 | Windsonic4

Barometric Pressure

CS106/PTB110

Solar Radiation

CS300 | LP-02


Other Accessories

The items listed below show the set of basic accessories which complete our automatic weather stations.

UT30 Tower | Weather Resistant Enclosure | 50W Solar Panel | CH150 or Sunsaver Charge Controllers | 35 Ah Battery

accessories

 

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