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Temperature and Dew Point Sensor Upgrade

September 20, 2023

 

Procurements for the new Ta/Td (TRH) sensor system are now complete; the components of the system are:

1. Vaisala HMP-155E dual probe Temperature and Relative Humidity sensor with warmed RH probe to prevent condensation with the additional temperature probe. The HMP-155 can measure temperatures as low as -80C (-112F) and as high as +60C (140F). The full specifications can be found here. The full HMP-155 Users Guide is available here.

2. RM Young Solar Radiation Shields will be employed with HMP-155 specific mounting interfaces. The Ta probe will be in the Compact Aspirated Radiation Shield, Model 43502 while the RH Probe will be mounted into the Multi-Plate Radiation Shield, Model 41005-5. 

3. Campbell Scientific will provide the Electronics enclosure and mounting hardware for the replacement system. The HMP-155 and RM Young Radiation Shields will be interfacing with the Legacy ASOS through an electronics enclosure supplying power and processing data into the Data Collection Package. This power supply will be mounted using ASOS standard flange adaptors to existing pedestals and additional mounting hardware to secure the radiation shields in accordance with the Federal Standard for Siting Meteorological Sensors at Airports.

The ASOS Program Office is preparing for Operational Test and Evaluation OT&E) of the new Temp/Dew system beginning in October 2023 for a period of about four months ending in January 2024. Pending successful operational test, operational implementation will follow throughout 2024 and into 2025 at approximately 953 ASOS sites. Once OT&E sites receive and install their new Temp/Dew systems and testing begins, we will announce the sites to the public.