REMOTE AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATIONS (RAWS)


There are nearly 2,200 interagency Remote Automatic Weather Stations (RAWS) strategically located throughout the United States. These stations monitor the weather and provide weather data that assists land management agencies with a variety of projects such as monitoring air quality, rating fire danger, and providing information for research applications.

Most of the stations owned by the wildland fire agencies are placed in locations where they can monitor fire danger. RAWS units collect, store, and forward data to a computer system at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, via the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The GOES is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The data is automatically forwarded to several other computer systems including the Weather Information Management System (WIMS) and the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) in Reno, Nevada.

Fire managers use this data to predict fire behavior and monitor fuels; resource managers use the data to monitor environmental conditions. Locations of RAWS stations can be searched online courtesy of the Western Regional Climate Center.

 


NEWS AND INFORMATION

April 9, 2014

CHANGE TO THE SMOKE MONITOR PROGRAM

The RSFWSU no longer provides maintenance support for the Smoke Monitor kits (NFES 5840).

All questions or inquiries with regard to this program can be directed to:

Pete Lahm
USFS
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250
     
(202) 205-1084
email: plahm@fs.fed.us

 

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!!! THE CLOCK IS TICKING !!!

On December 31, 2015 the RSFWSU Depot will no longer provide maintenance support for the Vaisala 555 Data Collection Platform

IF YOUR STATION IS CURRENTLY USING A VAISALA 555 DCP THE TIME LEFT TO UPGRADE YOUR STATION IS:

For more information please call the RAWS Help Desk at (208) 387-5475 or email: rawshelp@blm.gov

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

From the RAWS Help Desk

“I recently upgraded my FTS station to the RM Young WS/WD sensor. Since then I have noticed my wind speed readings appear to be much slower that I expect them to be. Is there a problem with my sensor?”

Some customers after installing the RM Young ws/wd sensor (p/n: SDI-WS-RMY-2) are reporting lower than expected wind speeds on their stations. Possible cause of this may be the sensor SDI card programmed for wind speed readings in meters per second instead of miles per hour. Go to the RESOURCES page and select TECH RESOURCES to find the procedure for “Resetting the RM Young to MPH”.

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