Meteorology Podcast: Let’s Talk About the Weather

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with Kurt Nemeth & Brad Guay, experts for precipitation monitoring 

Measuring precipitation is essential for meteorological and climatological purposes, but also for hydrological applications and local communities. Depending on the application and the place of operation, there are different kinds of instruments to detect rain, snow, and hail. In this episode we will talk about: 

  • Different types of precipitation sensors 
  • Challenges of precipitation monitoring in different regions 
  • Update on the OTT Pluvio², a weighing rain gauge with 15,000 units deployed worldwide
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Intelligent Road Weather Monitoring  

with Steven Marks & Manuel Kreissig, road weather specialists

Road conditions and visibility heavily influence drivers’ safety and traffic flow. With a wide range of sensors, road maintenance specialists monitor a variety of meteorological parameters including air and surface temperature, humidity, water film height, freezing temperature, visibility, and more. In this episode we talk about: 

  • Static and mobile road weather sensors  
  • Applications and successful setups to monitor road weather 
  • Trend: intelligent software solutions to support and relieve winter maintenance 

Sky and Cloud Observation with Ceilometers 

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Measuring Amount and Type of Precipitation  

with Holger Wille, Product Manager and expert for lidar systems 

Sky observation is becoming increasingly important for multiple disciplines. With instruments called ceilometers, meteorologists and aviation specialists scan the ceiling for different kinds of clouds. In addition, aerosol particles are highly relevant for studies on climate change and air pollution. In this very first episode of our meteorology podcast, Holger Wille talks about: 

  • Measurement principle of lidar-based instruments 
  • Applications and benefits 
  • OTT HydroMet’s ceilometer portfolio comprising Lufft CHM 15k & CHM 8k

with Aaron Kennedy, Atmospheric Scientist University of North Dakota,
and Brad Guay, Meteorologist at OTT HydroMet  

A ceilometer can do way more than just observe clouds. Scientists from various disciplines are discovering its strengths and benefits. For our 4th episode, we brought together two experts on Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. It turns out that, with a bit of creativity, ceilometers are extremely versatile and cost-efficient research instruments. What you can expect from this episode: 

  • Ceilometers tracking wildfire smoke floating over the Atlantic  
  • Observing aerosols for air quality studies  
  • “Ground blizzards” and other astonishing phenomena

New Episode: Ceilometers in Science Applications