Saturday, August 12, 2017

Visbility for NearSys Station, 12 August 2017

Based on UAVSonde images, the visibility at NearSys Station is estimated to be around 15 miles. This morning, the north face of the closest Owyhees were visible. This is definite improvement from last week.

As the smoke clears out, I will learn how to estimate visibility better.

Looking East

Looking North

Looking South

Looking West

UAVSonde Data for NearSys Station, 12 August 2017

UAVSonde data was collected at 10:15 AM. Here are the data.

Altitude: 2,352 feet
Temperature: 93 *F
Relative Humidity: NA
Pressure: 918.8 mb

Altitude: 2,811 feet
Temperature: 86 *F
Relative Humidity: NA
Pressure: 914.6 mb

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

All Sky Photometer Data for NearSys Station

I'm going to try and record potometer data for the sky for an entire day light, andI hope to do this on a weekly basis.

For my first set of data, I have compared a smokey and cloudy day to a smokey and sunny day. Eventually I will standardize the reports and add ultraviolet data.

August 6th was both a smoky and cloudy day. Between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, we saw partial breaks in the clouds.

August 8th was merely a smoky day.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Smoke in the Treasure Valley

I've sent my drone up 400 feet to get a view of how bad the smoke filling the valley looks. From the picture below, I would estimate our visibility is down to 10 miles. What a shame, normally we can see the mountains over 30 miles away.
Looking towards the East to the town of Homedale and the Snake River. Where did the Owyhee Mountains go?
 Next, I need to see if there's more science I can do from up here.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

UAVSonde Data for NearSys Station. 5 August 2017

UAVSonde Data were collected at 9:00 PM. Here are the data.

Altitude: 2,257 feet
Temperature: 97*F
Relative Humidity: 41%
Pressure: 917.6 mb

Altitude: 2,690 feet
Temperature: 96*F
Relative Humidity: 0%
Pressure: 913.1 mb

The Treasure Valley was very smoky during the UAVSonde flight, so I have to wonder what it is doing to the weather sensor readings.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July Weather at NearSys Station

There was no precipitation this month, just heat. Several days of data are missing due to travels. Otherwise, you can see our high temperatures where flirting with the triple digits. August is starting off on a strong and hot footing.