Present Weather Sensor - Model 5538-00
Present Weather Sensor - Model 5538-00

 

 

FEATURES:

 

  • DSP Based - No Field Calibration
  • Single Rugged Package
  • Unaffected by Dust or Build-up on Lenses
  • Built-in Self Diagnostics & Testing

 


 

DESCRIPTION:

The Present Weather Sensor - Model 5538-00 is a fully automated instrument that provides accurate visibility, present weather, and precipitation measurements in a single sensor. The Present Weather Sensor use all digital signal processing (DSP) for no-drift, high accuracy results. Applications include using the Present Weather Sensor at airports, along roadways by regional and/or state transportation departments, and road weather research facilities.

The Present Weather Sensors measure visibility and detect and quantify rain, snow, drizzle, freezing, and mixed precipitation conditions. The Present Weather Sensor is designed for year-round continuous operation in all types of climates and requires very little maintenance.

Additional Present Weather Sensor features include a built-in self diagnostics and testing system, enhanced EMI and surge protection, and the capability of reporting over fifty National Weather Service/World Meteorological codes.


 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Snow/Rain Accumulation Range ...........................   0 to 39.4 in (0.001 to 999.999 mm)
Snow/Rain Accumulation Resolution ...........................   0.000039 in (0.001 mm)
Rain Dynamic Range ...........................   0.0039 to 118.1 in (0.1 to 3000 mm/hr)
Rain Measurement Accuracy ...........................   5% Accumulation
Snow Dynamic Range ...........................   0.00039 to 11.8 in (0.01 to 300 mm/hr)
Snow Measurement Accuracy ...........................   10% Accumulation
Hail/Ice Pellet Reporting Accuracy ...........................   Correct ID >90% of Time*
Visibility/RVR Dynamic Range ...........................   0.0006 to 6.2+ Mi (0.001 to 10+ km) (Extended ranges available)
Visibility/RVR Accuracy ...........................   10% - 3.1 Mi (5 km), 15% - 6.2+ Mi (10+ km)
Visibility/RVR Time Constant ...........................   3 minute harmonic
Visibility/RVR Contrast Threshold ...........................   5%
Ambient Light Dynamic Range ...........................   0 to 9,990 Candles/m2
Measurement Technique ...........................   Scintillation w/Optical Forward Scatter
Data Reporting Update Rate ...........................   1 minute
Present Weather Codes Reported ...........................   +50 NWS & WMO Codes
Type Identification ...........................   Rain, Snow, Drizzle, Mixed, Hail, and Ice Pellets*
Signal Output ...........................   RS-232 ASCII, Simple Polled Protocol
Operating Voltage ...........................   10 to 18 VDC
Current Draw ...........................   3 A nominal
Cable ...........................   25 ft (7.7 m)
Enclosure ...........................   NEMA 4
Operating Temperature ...........................   -40° to 122° F (-40° to 50° C)
Operating Humidity ...........................   0 to 100%
Dimensions
     Model 5438-00 ...........................   35x5x11 in (89x13x28 cm)
     Model 5438-05 ...........................   34x4x9 in (86.5x9x21.6 cm)
Weight
     Model 5438-00 ...........................   10 lbs (4.5 kg)
     Model 5438-05 ...........................   5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Shipping Weight
     Model 5438-00 ...........................   15 lbs (6.8 kg)
     Model 5438-05 ...........................   8 lbs (3.6 kg)

*References to acoustic/hail & ice particles requires optional Model 5438-05 add-on.


 

ORDERING GUIDE:
HSE Warranty
General Terms and Conditions

Model 5438-00 ......... RWIS Present Weather and Visibility Sensor

OPTIONAL:
Model 5438-05 ......... Hail and Ice Pellet Add-on Sensor (Requires 110/220 VAC, 100 VA)
Model 5438-01 ......... NEMA 4 Power Supply/Junction Box (120/240 VAC; 50/60 Hz)


 

RELATED PRODUCTS:

Model 5434-00 ......... RWIS Road Visibility Sensor
Series 5433 ......... IceSight Remote Road Surface Condition Sensor
Model 5439-00 ......... Surface Sentinel Fixed Road Surface Temperature Sensor
Model 5436-00 ......... Surface Sentinel Mobile Surface Temperature Sensor with Mobile Display Unit
Model 5435-00 ......... RWIS Mobile IceSight Remote Road Surface Condition Sensor
Model 5721-05 ......... RWIS Road Sensor Station
Model 5470-02 ......... NTCIP Mini-RWIS Remote Processing Unit 12VDC
Model 5400-03 ......... NTCIP RWIS Remote Processing Unit, 115VAC
Other Weather Sensors


 

SUPPORT:

Other Road Weather applications: Applications
Present Weather Sensor - Model 5538-00: Datasheet