The “new” old wind gauge the Oregon State Parks people and I put up on Vista House (temporary) is still there. I drove by around noon. Solid sheet of ice the last mile around those curves. But it was a sweet sight to see my little buddy lazily spinning it’s cups on a 5 mph southwest wind. As if nothing had occurred up there the last 24 hours… Here’s another picture showing the east-northeast side of Vista House glazed in ice. It’s only my camera picture, so it looks a bit monochromatic, but you get the picture, notice far less ice on the side the anemometer is on. Apparently the wind comes in a little more from the NE than I thought (as opposed to ENE).
There have been a few misconceptions or just questions about what is going on with that sensor so here are the pertinent details:
1. It sends the signal wirelessly to the VP console down in the basement. On even that nice weather day the console was having trouble receiving the signal through concrete, so I knew from the beginning we may or may not actually receive data with the old, weak VP sensor (new VP2 signals are far stronger).
2. It couldn’t receive a signal for the first two days, then for some reason it operated for maybe 12 hours when the wind started up on Monday night. Nothing since.
3. The sensor has to come down the first week in March; that’s when the place reopens for the season and a nice little old lady doesn’t need to be stumbling across a 120lb chunk of concrete with a pole sticking out.
4. I’ll check in on it, add a new battery etc…but most likely it’s just going to be sporadic the next 6 weeks until a new one with a stronger signal is purchased.
5. This was really a test to see if it could all come together. Other than the wireless signal issue it appears to have worked. I appreciate all the offers of help from my fellow weather geeks over the past few months, but the job was really pretty simple. So I just dealt mano y mano with a State Parks person.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen