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20130030703Computer-Implemented System And Method For Generating A Probabilistic Forecast Of Photovoltaic Fleet Power Generation - A computer-implemented system and method for generating a probabilistic forecast of photovoltaic fleet power generation is provided. A temporal distance between two locations is determined in proportion to cloud speed within a geographic region. Input clearness indexes are generated as a ratio of irradiance observations for one location, and clear sky irradiance. The clearness indexes are ordered into a time series. A clearness index correlation coefficient is determined as a function of temporal distance. The input clearness indexes are weighted by the clearness index correlation coefficient to form a time series of output clearness indexes. Means and standard deviations of both time series are respectively determined and combined into fleet irradiance statistics. Deterministic fleet power statistics are forecast as a function of the fleet irradiance statistics and photovoltaic fleet power rating. A time series of the forecast power statistics is generated by applying a time lag correlation coefficient.01-31-2013
20130085673SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR PROVIDING POPULACE CENTRIC WEATHER FORECASTS - A populace centric weather forecast system, method of forecasting weather and a computer program product therefor. A forecasting computer applies a grid to a forecast area and provides a weather forecast for each grid cell. Area activity data sources indicate human activity in the forecast area. A dynamic selection module iteratively identifies grid cells for refinement in response to the weather forecast and to indicated/expected human activity. The dynamic selection module provides the forecasting computer with a refined grid for each identified grid cell in each iteration. The forecasting computer provides a refined weather forecast in each iteration.04-04-2013
20130046470METHOD AND APPARATUS OF DEVELOPING HIGH-RESOLUTION SOLAR METEOROLOGICAL RESOURCE MAP BASED ON METEOROLOGICAL DATA - Provided are a method and an apparatus of developing a high-resolution solar meteorological resource map based on meteorological data, the method comprisingincluding: generating a grid with a predetermined length for a selected region on a map and setting resolution corresponding to a size of the grid; converting digital elevation model data and albedo data of the earth's surface into the resolution corresponding to the size of the grid; converting meteorological data into the resolution corresponding to the size of the grid; calculating a global solar radiation using the digital elevation model data, the albedo data of the earth's surface and the meteorological data as converted above; accumulating the calculated global solar radiation during a fixed period; and generating a solar meteorological resource map using the accumulated global solar radiation.02-21-2013
20110191026BROADCAST SIGNAL RECEIVER HAVING MONITORING FUNCTION OF SOLAR CELL MODULE - A broadcast signal receiver includes a first input unit receiving information of solar cell module producing power, a storage unit storing the information of the solar cell module, a second input unit receiving a broadcast signal, and an output unit outputting the broadcast signal and the information of the solar cell module, wherein the information of the solar cell module is transmitted via a predetermined communication standard and the broadcast signal is transmitted via a digital broadcast standard.08-04-2011
20130035859METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED LOCATION DEPENDENT NATURAL DISASTER FORECAST - A forecast system and method for automated location dependent natural disaster impact forecasts includes located gauging stations to measure natural disaster events. Location dependent measurement parameters for specific geotectonic, topographic or meteorological conditions associated with the natural disaster are determined and critical values of the measurement parameters are triggered to generate a dedicated event signal for forecasted impacts of the disaster event within an area of interest. In particular, the signal generation is based upon the affected population or object within the area of interest.02-07-2013
20130035860Meteorological Parameter Forecasting - A method, an apparatus and an article of manufacture for forecasting a meteorological parameter. The method includes analyzing geographically distributed sensor network data to assess spatial and temporal variation of a meteorological parameter in real-time, correlating at least two portions of data from the sensor network to identify a temporal and spatial evolution of the meteorological parameter, and forecasting the meteorological parameter based on the temporal and spatial evolution of the meteorological parameter.02-07-2013
20100030476Irrigation System with ET Based Seasonal Watering Adjustment - An ET based irrigation system includes a stand alone irrigation controller with a seasonal adjust feature and a stand alone weather station including at least one environmental sensor. The ET based irrigation system further includes a stand alone ET unit operatively connected to the irrigation controller and the weather station. The ET unit includes programming configured to calculate an estimated ET value using a signal from the environmental sensor and to automatically modify a watering schedule of the irrigation controller through the seasonal adjust feature based on the estimated ET value to thereby conserve water while maintaining plant health.02-04-2010
20090326822TEST BED FOR IN-SITU STUDIES - An impact test system for collecting hail storm data comprises a vehicle, a video recorder, a container, a plurality of dynamic force sensors, an atmospheric instrument system, a mounting fixture, and a data processing system. The plurality of dynamic force sensors is capable of detecting force generated by an impact of an object. The plurality of markers is capable of being used to determine an orientation of an incoming object. The mounting fixture is capable of holding a test specimen. The data processing system is capable of collecting data from the plurality of dynamic force sensors, the atmospheric instrument system, and the video recorder.12-31-2009
20120191351ESTIMATING SOLAR IRRADIANCE COMPONENTS FROM PLANE OF ARRAY IRRADIANCE AND GLOBAL HORIZONTAL IRRADIANCE - A computer implemented method of estimating at least one solar irradiance component, the method comprising: obtaining a sensor measurement from an instrument to provide a measured global horizontal irradiance (GHI07-26-2012
20120191350SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING ADVERSE ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS AHEAD OF AN AIRCRAFT - The system has multiple, infrared cameras 07-26-2012
20130060471Estimating energy savings and carbon offsets for buildings in real-time - Real-time monitoring of an energy characteristic of a building such as an energy performance of the building or a carbon offset of the building is performed by first computing a heat transfer coefficient of the building from nighttime steady-state thermal load data of the building and from nighttime steady-state indoor and outdoor temperature data of the building. A thermal inertia of the building is then computed from nighttime transient indoor temperature data of the building and nighttime transient thermal load data of the building. During daytime, a solar radiation gain coefficient is computed from daytime thermal load data, daytime indoor and outdoor temperature data, incident solar radiation data, and the heat transfer coefficient. The energy characteristic of the building is then estimated in real time from the heat transfer coefficient, the thermal inertia, and the solar radiation gain coefficient.03-07-2013
20130060473INFORMATION TERMINAL DEVICE, GROWTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM - In the present invention, a mobile phone judges whether the current environment of a plant is equivalent to a specific season for the plant, based on a detected environment received and acquired from a sensor device including an environment sensor (temperature sensor, moisture sensor, etc.) for detecting a growth environment and the season-specific growth basic information of the plant received and acquired from a server device, and then specifies growth information (growth advice) applicable to the judged season as an output subject.03-07-2013
20130060472SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INDEXING AND PREDICTING WIND POWER OUTPUT FROM VIRTUAL WIND FARMS - This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for predicting electrical power output from wind farms using statistical methods and measured wind speeds near boundaries of control volumes that encompass the wind turbines of interest. These systems, methods, and apparatus can provide electrical power output predictions of up to 6, 12, 24, or 48 hours in advance of actual power reaching the grid.03-07-2013
20120303277WIND TURBINE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING PARAMETERS OF WIND TURBINE - A wind turbine includes multiple blades, multiple Micro Inertial Measurement Units (MIMUs) mounted on each of the blades and sensing parameter signals of the blades, and a parameter processing unit receiving sensed parameter signals from the MIMUs and determining parameters of the blades according to the sensed parameter signals.11-29-2012
20110288776Cloud water characterization system - A system and method for providing a statistical measure of the size of liquid water droplets in a cloud, as well as a system and method for the detection and/or measurement of the presence of a cloud, liquid water content in the cloud and ice water content in the cloud, among other parameters.11-24-2011
20110288775Rain Sensor with Variable Shut Off - An intelligent rain sensor incorporates at least one hygroscopic member and a sensor that generates signals representative of its amount of expansion due to absorption of moisture. A microcontroller executes a pre-programmed algorithm that determines at least the rate of expansion and uses that information to distinguish between actual rainfall events on the one hand, and high humidity, dew or a light sprinkle on the other hand, and sends a shut off command to an irrigation controller.11-24-2011
20110295505INTERFERENCE-COMPENSATED SENSOR - The interference-compensated sensor (12-01-2011
20120065886Method of evaluating wind flow based on terrain exposure and elevation - A method of modeling the spatial variation in wind resource at a prospective wind farm site. The method involves calculating terrain exposure at multiple locations of interest, such as the locations of meteorological towers and prospective wind turbine locations. Measured average wind speeds from the meteorological tower locations are empirically correlated with terrain exposure to create a model wherein annual average wind speed can be calculated for any location on the site as a function of terrain exposure. The method can use upwind terrain exposure, downwind terrain exposure, or both. It can also be used together with terrain elevation to create a robust three parameter model. The method requires wind measurements from at least two meteorological towers, with improved performance when measurements are available from a larger number of meteorological towers.03-15-2012
20110295506Computer-Implemented System And Method For Determining Point-To-Point Correlation Of Sky Clearness For Photovoltaic Power Generation Fleet Output Estimation - A computer-implemented system and method for determining point-to-point correlation of sky clearness for photovoltaic power generation fleet output estimation is provided. A physical distance between two points is obtained, each point being suitable for operation of a photovoltaic station. A temporal distance that includes the physical distance between the two points in proportion to cloud speed is determined. A correlation between sky clearness over the two points is evaluated as an empirically-derived exponential function of the temporal distance. A set of input clearness indexes for one of the points is correlated into a set of output clearness indexes indicating the sky clearness for the other of the points using a coefficient of the clearness index correlation.12-01-2011
20110295504MOISTURE DETECTION WIRE, A MOISTURE DETECTION SYSTEM, AND A METHOD OF DETECTING MOISTURE - A water detector wire 12-01-2011
20110218734Methods and apparatus for passive tropospheric measurments utilizing a single band of frequencies adjacent to a selected millimeter wave water vapor line - Apparatus and methods are disclosed for passive millimeter wave measurements to provide tropospheric profiles of temperature, water vapor, cloud liquid water, pressure, and refractivity utilizing a single band microwave receiver operating in the vicinity of the water vapor emission line centered at 183.31 GHz or other millimeter wave water vapor line. Ancillary meteorological measurements may be provided to refine profile outputs. Retrieval method training adapts and refines system output to provide useful information for weather nowcasting and forecasting, aviation safety, transport of pollutants, prediction of fog and other weather phenomena, and radar and optical ducting prediction.09-08-2011
20100004863MOBILE ENVIRONMENTAL DETECTOR - A system determines dew point and temperatures through a mobile platform. The system identifies a likelihood of condensation forming on a roadway surface. A controller may process the data to determine the likelihood of frost, ice, and/or black ice conditions. Some systems provide aural, visual, and/or tactile signals or feedback to identify a condition or a change in conditions. The change, condition, and/or data may be associated with position data.01-07-2010
20100100328System and Method for Generating a Cloud Type and Coverage Prediction Database - A method of generating a visually accurate three dimensional cloud type and coverage database. The method includes the steps of receiving current meteorological observations, generating a forecast prediction model based on the current meteorological observations, and generating a visually accurate three dimensional cloud type and coverage database for an area of interest that will approximate the cloud type and coverage that will appear in the area of interest based on the current meteorological observation and the forecast prediction model04-22-2010
20100280756HIGH RESOLUTION WIND MEASUREMENTS FOR OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT - A method, apparatus, system, article of manufacture, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to measure wind. Data at a first resolution (i.e., low resolution data) is collected by a satellite scatterometer. Thin slices of the data are determined. A collocation of the data slices are determined at each grid cell center to obtain ensembles of collocated data slices. Each ensemble of collocated data slices is decomposed into a mean part and a fluctuating part. The data is reconstructed at a second resolution from the mean part and a residue of the fluctuating part. A wind measurement is determined from the data at the second resolution using a wind model function. A description of the wind measurement is output.11-04-2010
20080208474Generation of four dimensional grid of probabilistic hazards for use by decision support tools - A new method and system for generating probabilities of objective values of hazards as a fine granularity grid in four dimensions (three spatial dimensions plus time) to be used by decision support and visualization tools. Utilizing the proposed system, proxies for hazard data received at different times and in different formats may be used as input data to a grid of intelligent software agents which generate a four dimensional matrix of probabilities of objective values of hazards. The method allows for proxies and/or subjective information on hazards that may arrive asynchronously and with coarse temporal and spatial accuracy to be converted into a standard fine granularity four dimensional hazard probability grid. The grid is created automatically, without the need for expert human interpretation, can provide visualization of the four dimensional hazard volumes and may be used directly by decision support tools without the need for expert human interpretation.08-28-2008
20110172920PROCESS FOR GENERATING SPATIALLY CONTINUOUS WIND PROFILES FROM WIND PROFILER MEASUREMENTS - A neural network process for improving wind retrievals from wind profiler measurements is described. In this invention, a neural network is trained to retrieve (missing or incomplete) upper level winds from ground based wind profiler measurements. Radiosonde measurements in conjunction with wind profiler ground measurements for specific geographical locations are used as training sets for the neural network. The idea is to retrieve timely and spatially continuous upper level wind information from (fragmented or incomplete) wind profiler measurements.07-14-2011
20090265108NATURAL WEATHER STATION - A weather station that generates a natural weather phenomenon to represent weather information to a user is disclosed. The weather station comprises a weather information module that obtains weather information, and a weather simulation module that generates a natural weather phenomenon using physical objects. In an embodiment, the weather station generates natural weather phenomenon for rainy, snowy, windy, sunny, cloudy and foggy weathers. Multiple such weather stations can be placed side-by-side to illustrate the weather forecast over a number of days in one locale.10-22-2009
20080312836METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING WATER VAPOR PROFILE USING GPS SIGNALS - A system and method for obtaining weather related information for a portion of the Earth's atmosphere between a predetermined surface portion of the Earth and an airborne object located over the predetermined surface portion, and operating at a known altitude, using position locating signals from a space vehicle. In one exemplary implementation the space vehicle transmits a first position locating signal. The first position locating signal is received by the airborne object directly from the space vehicle. A second position locating signal from the space vehicle is received by the airborne object after being reflected from the predetermined surface portion at a known angle. Phase information from the first and second position locating signals is used to determine a refractivity of the atmosphere between the predetermined surface portion and the airborne object. The refractivity is used to determine weather related information for the atmosphere.12-18-2008
20080312837VEHICLE WEATHER FORECASTER AND NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED POWER GENERATOR - A weather forecasting and navigation device for vehicles is provided that generates local or specific weather forecast information while generating its own power. In one example, the device may include an integrated wind turbine that is turned by the wind flow created by the vehicle's motion to generate power for the device. In alternative implementations, instead of a wind turbine to generate power, different methods of power generation may be used. The device may also include a built-in alarm system that senses when the vehicle is moved and triggers an audible alarm.12-18-2008
20090319189LOW COST, UNATTENDED WEATHER SENSOR - A weather sensor system for gathering and transmitting weather related information. The system integrates information gathered from a barometer, temperature sensor, hygrometer, GPS, tilt sensor, and an anemometer. The anemometer assembly is a combined wind speed and direction sensor and radio antenna. The weather sensor data can be transmitted from a remote location and relay data to central collection point or network location.12-24-2009
20080270030Real-time Stadium and Sports Weather Network - A method and system for providing a real time weather information of a sports location, wherein one or more sensors access and transmit one or more real time meteorological parameters to a processing system. The processing system performs zero, one or more operations on the real time meteorological parameters to obtain the real time weather information, and transmits the real time weather information to one or more output devices.10-30-2008
20090088980WEATHER FORECASTING EQUIPMENT - A weather forecast providing easy access to Internet, a subscriber's network, and a computer connected to Internet or the subscriber's network for retrieving correct weather forecast information in time without being vulnerable to interference includes a casing; and a sensor unit to detect ambient weather information, a sensor signal process and data output unit to process those signals, a display unit to display weather data, and a key-in unit disposed to the casing; and further includes an interface unit to capture data from a network, and a unit to process data captured by the interface unit and convert them into that is identified by and inputted into the display unit.04-02-2009
20090143988SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DETECTING TURBULENCE BASED UPON OBSERVATIONS OF LIGHT SCINTILLATION - Systems and methods are provided for detecting turbulent air located between a light source and an observer based upon the scintillation of light produced by the light source. An optical sensor associated with the observer is configured to receive the light and to produce an indication of the light. A processor is configured to quantify scintillation in the light and to identify turbulent air between the light source and the optical sensor based upon the scintillation. A feedback device provides a notification when turbulent air is identified. Light sources and optical sensors may be located on airborne platforms or on the ground, and information may be transferred between multiple observers.06-04-2009
20090326824Method and device for the autonomous determination of wind speed vector - The present technical solution provided for the autonomous determination of wind speed vector is intended for the accurate determination of wind speed vector as well sea current, only by the means located in a moving object without applying any radiations and gyroscopes, and also without applying any sources of information and reference marks on the Earth and other heavenly bodies.12-31-2009
20090326823Methods of using environmental conditions in sports applications - A method is generally described which includes a method of using environmental information in sports applications. The method also includes receiving at least one environmental condition detected using electronic remote sensing. Further, the method includes determining by a computer simulation an estimated effect of the at least one environmental condition on at least one of a predicted or actual first user action. Further still, the method includes communicating the estimated effect to at least one of the first user or a second user.12-31-2009
20110224905METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ACCURATE SERVICE LIFE PREDICTION - Methods and apparatus for accurate service life prediction by exposing a test specimen to operating parameters of a multi-variable micro-environment cycle in an accelerated weathering test apparatus including an irradiance source, a temperature adjustment source and a moisture adjustment source connected to a controller to: expose the test specimen to the operating parameters of the multi-variable micro-environment cycle recreated in the test chamber; monitor the exposure of the test specimen to the multi-variable micro-environment cycle to generate run-time variables; and adjust the run-time variables to reconcile to the operating parameters.09-15-2011
20090099776SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUGARCANE YIELD ESTIMATION - A combination of yield prediction models is usable to predict the yield of a crop, such as sugarcane, from land. The model combination includes at least first and/or second models. The first model may be a structured or unstructured model that models season dependent effects on yield. If structured, the first model may be a linear, non-linear, or polynomial representation. The second model may be a structured or unstructured model that models age dependent effects on yield. If structured, the second model may be a linear, non-linear, or polynomial representation. Additional models that model weather and/or soil dependent effects on yield may also be used in the model combination.04-16-2009
20120078518AVAILABLE POWER ESTIMATOR - A method of determining an estimated wind speed of a wind driving a wind turbine includes measuring a current power generated by the wind turbine, measuring a current rotor speed of a rotor of the wind turbine, and measuring a current blade pitch angle of a rotor blade of the rotor. Moreover, the method includes determining the estimated wind speed based on the current power, the current rotor speed and the current blade pitch angle.03-29-2012
20120078517Optical turbulence sensor - A method and system for determining a rate of turbulent kinetic energy dissipation (TKED) in a turbulent fluid environment are provided. A light source provided at a first end of a predetermined path-length passes a beam of light through the turbulent fluid environment. An angle of arrival detection unit detects the angle of arrival of the at least one beam of light. The angle of arrival is then processed at a processing unit that calculates temperature dissipation spectra as a function of the autocorrelation of the angle of arrival. The peak of the temperature dissipation spectra represents the rate of TKED. A number of turbulent quantities can be determined by using the method and system.03-29-2012
20100223009Method and System for Estimating an Agricultural Management Parameter - A system and method for estimating agricultural parameters for growing crops is well suited for promoting efficient utilization of agricultural inputs (e.g., water consumption). Sensors collect data via one or more vehicles equipped with location-determining receivers. A transmitter transmits the collected environmental data to a data processing system. The data processing system applies the collected environmental data to an agronomic model for determining an agricultural management parameter. A prescription is made available for application of an agricultural input (e.g., water) to a crop in a particular location consistent with the collected environmental data and the agronomic model.09-02-2010
20130013208SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERSONAL STRESS ANALYSIS - There is shown and described a computer implemented system and method for analyzing an individual's personal stress level and providing a stress-score representing the individual's personal stress level. A plurality of parameters are received into a memory from at least one computing device and each of the parameters respectively represents a factor of the individual's life that contributes to a level of stress for the individual. The received parameter data is processed by executing code in a processor that configures the processor to normalize the parameter data by assigning, for each of the received parameters, a respective parameter score that represents a relative value of the parameter. The individual's stress-score is calculated as a function of the normalized parameter data, the stress-score is automatically transmitted to the at least one computing device, using code executing in the processor and free of human intervention.01-10-2013
20120130640DIFFUSION STATE PREDICTION DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Diffusion calculation is performed with a shorter processing time and superior precision. Provided are a calculation-grid determining unit (05-24-2012
20110251793ESTIMATION OF WIND MAGNITUDE AND DIRECTION - The present invention relates to a method of providing a nearly continuously updated, on-line estimate of wind magnitude and direction when in turning flight and more particularly, relates to a method that requires only a GPS receiver and y- and z-body axis mounted gyros.10-13-2011
20100131203Cloud water characterization system - A system and method for providing a statistical measure of the size of liquid water droplets in a cloud, as well as a system and method for the detection and/or measurement of the presence of a cloud, liquid water content in the cloud and ice water content in the cloud, among other parameters.05-27-2010
20100057362VERTICAL SITUATION DISPLAY OF WEATHER INFORMATION - A method is present for displaying weather information. A number of weather conditions present within an altitude range along a route of an aircraft is identified from weather data. A type of weather indicator is selected based on a type of weather condition in the number of weather conditions to form a number of weather indicators. A vertical situation display is displayed with the number of weather indicators in a number of locations on a display corresponding to the number of locations for the number of weather conditions.03-04-2010
20110077865FALL DETECTION SYSTEM - There is provided a fall detection system, comprising a passive vibration sensor; one or more other sensors for detecting respective characteristics of a fall; and a processor for analyzing measurements from the one or more other sensors to determine if a fall has occurred; wherein the system is configured to selectively provide power to the one or more other sensors and/or processor in response to the passive vibration sensor detecting motion of a user of the fall detection system.03-31-2011
20100004862MOBILE ENVIRONMENTAL DETECTOR - A system determines temperatures and relative humidity from a mobile platform. The system includes a mobile sensor that measures relative humidity and a second mobile sensor that measures temperatures. A processor processes the sensor data to determine temperatures at which quantities of air retaining water vapor may be cooled to cause a condensation. The temperatures may be linked to position data that identifies position in many weather conditions.01-07-2010
20120203461METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING - The present invention is related to an environmental monitoring and analyzing device. The device contains a plurality of sensors, a control unit and a display unit. The different types of sensor obtain values of different environmental parameters. The control unit receive the obtained values of the environmental parameters and compare the obtained values against predetermined standards and criteria which define parameter ranges of the different environmental parameters. A display unit display a real-time air quality report comprising a user-friendly interpretation of the obtained values and recommendations in response to the obtained values. By implementing this invention into an embodiment, the environmental monitoring analyzing is carried out instantly by considering the interrelationship of the obtained values of the different environmental parameters. The analyzed results are therefore much more accurate. A real-time comprehensive and easily understood by non technical user air quality report is provided.08-09-2012
20130197806AUTOMATED LOCATION-BASED INFORMATION RECALL - A geoposition is determined at a point using a geoposition determining mobile communication device. A crop management zone is identified based on one or more predetermined crop management boundaries and the geoposition of the point. Information about the field is wirelessly communicated between the geoposition determining mobile communications device and a remote site. Analysis may be performed at the remote site with the results of the analysis communicated to the mobile communication device at the growing point. Information may be collected at the point which is stored or analyzed at the remote site. Information may include digital images of plant conditions which may be analyzed to determine conditions such as disease or pest infestation. Contextual information from a number of different types of sources may be used to provide meaningful analysis and feedback to the producer. The producer may define crop management zones using the geoposition determining mobile communication device.08-01-2013
20080255760Forecasting system - A process includes providing a plurality of forecasts from a plurality of forecasting models. The plurality of forecasts each includes a mean and a variance. A model weight is calculated for each forecasting model. The model weight is proportional to the ability of that model to successfully forecast a queried situation. The plurality of forecasts are combined using an aggregate mean and an aggregate variance of the plurality of forecasts.10-16-2008
20110054794OPTICAL MOISTURE SENSOR - A moisture sensor is provided that simultaneously achieves ruggedness, sensitivity, wide dynamic range, versatility of application, and low cost. The outer, top service of the sensor is a lens having a predetermined geometric shape which preferably makes the rain sensor resistant to the build up of debris on the outer surface as well as being effectively self-cleaning. Within a housing of the rain sensor, at least one light emitter and at least one light detector are each deployed on a substantially planar circuit board facing such outer lens surface. So arranged, light rays from the at least one emitter strike the outer lens surface and is reflected about 90°, whereupon it strikes the outer lens surface once more and is again reflected therefrom about 90° to focus back onto the at least one detector. Raindrops present on the outside surface of the sensor affect the intensity of the light rays reflected and signals from the at least one light detector are sent to control circuitry within the rain sensor. A microprocessor in the sensor processes the resulting data to detect rain intensity over a wide range so as to be capable of being effectively deployed for applications such as to emulate a tipping bucket style rain detector, providing condensation sensing, and automatically adjusting the strength of the light rays emitted by the at least one light emitter to provide improved consistency of operation of the sensor over time.03-03-2011
20110137564DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING WIND CONDITIONS USING MULTIPLE WIND RESOURCE GRIDS - A method for determining wind conditions within a geographic area based on a plurality of input wind resource grids. The input wind resource grids include input points associated with a geographic position and a wind condition. An output wind resource grid having a plurality of output points is defined. Each output point is associated with a geographic position within the geographic area. For each output point in the output wind resource grid, a wind condition is calculated based at least in part on wind conditions associated with at least some of the input points. A wind condition associated with an input point may be weighted based on the proximity of the output point to a meteorological instrument associated with the input point.06-09-2011
20120310536WEATHER INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND WEATHER INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - Disclosed is a weather information processing device that can make the users of a mobile object aware of the changes in weather conditions in various environments. The weather information processing device is mounted in a vehicle and includes a first arithmetic processing element and a second arithmetic processing element. The first arithmetic processing element intermittently measures a weather condition variable indicating the weather conditions that a vehicle is in contact with, and if the current measurement value of the weather condition variable has a deviation of a predetermined value or greater from a reference value, generates a weather change detection information indicating the deviation. The second arithmetic processing element transmits the weather change detection information to another weather information processing device mounted in another vehicle to make it output a first weather information according to the weather change detection information.12-06-2012
20120310535ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENT METHOD - An optical fiber is provided with a first measurement portion and a second measurement portion. The first measurement portion is provided with a heater and a hygroscopic layer made of a resin in which a material having a deliquescent property is dispersed. Meanwhile, the second measurement portion is provided with the heater and a non-hygroscopic layer having a lower moisture absorption capacity than the capacity of the hygroscopic layer. The heater is brought into heat generation by being supplied with electric power, and temperatures at the second measurement portion and temperatures at the first measurement portion are measured with a temperature measurement device. Then, an analyzer calculates a humidity based on an integrated value of differences between the temperatures at the first measurement portion and the temperatures at the second measurement portion.12-06-2012
20100082253Strategic management system to stop the development of hurricanes and abate the intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes - The disclosure consists of a system made up of three state-of-the-art subsystems that (1) process historical and real-time data to establish the most likely path that a tropical storm will take, and track and predict the future path that it is taking or will take. These data and temperature readings of the tropic surface water are used to determine locations, timing, and quantity of cool water (many millions of gallons) to be dispersed from a second subsystem (2) which consists of cool-water producing, state-of-the-art equipment on platforms located at selected land sites, moored at sea or carried aboard slowly grazing barges or ships. Instructions for dispersion are managed by a system analyzer in the third (3) Communications subsystem, which sends them in a coordinated way to platforms where regular surface water temperature readings are made and reported regularly as additional data used in the decision-making process to determine where, when and how much cool water should be dispersed at each platform.04-01-2010
20090292470SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF REMOTE WEATHER DETECTION FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT - The present invention is directed to systems and methods for managing and regulating construction sites, particularly in light of inclement weather or hazardous conditions. In many jurisdictions, extreme weather conditions, including excessive precipitation, render a construction site closed, or unworkable, thereby wasting time and resources. This invention provides a system and processes to monitor, detect and measure precipitation on a construction site, and even several sub-sites on the construction site, from a remote location. The system and processes of the present invention also provide features to further investigate precipitation levels in a more efficient manner than conventionally available and to communicate the construction site conditions, e.g., precipitation levels, and whether the site has met the required regulatory thresholds for inspection. Moreover, the present invention may be used to determine the magnitude of rain events, and potential liabilities associated therewith.11-26-2009
20120150446Interactive User Interface for Weather Data - In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for providing an interactive display of predictive weather data. A graphical interface includes a graph with predictive atmospheric temperature values and predictive values for a second weather statistic. Lateral user input over a display device is received. In response a position on the graph of a visible indication of a selected time is repeatedly changed to correspond to the lateral user input. The visible indication of the selected time includes a numerical display of the selected time that repeatedly updates as the position of the visible indication of the selected time changes. A numerical display of the atmospheric temperature value and a numerical display of the value for the second weather statistic repeatedly update to correspond to the selected time.06-14-2012
20130013207SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR USE WHEN MANAGING ICE - Support system for use when managing ice in an operation area at sea, where a computer system (01-10-2013
20100023266Method and Arrangement for the Forecast of Wind-Resources - A method and an arrangement for a forecast of wind-resources of a wind-farm are provided. The forecast is done by a numerical weather-prediction-tool, the weather-prediction-tool using a long-term data-set of meteorological data. The data are related to the location of the wind-farm. A wind-speed measurement is done by a wind-turbine of the wind-farm to do a parameterization of an atmospheric turbulence. The wind-speed measurement is used to generate a data-stream, which is combined with the data-set of the meteorological data to do the forecast.01-28-2010
20100017129System and Method for Displaying Storm Tracks - A system and method for displaying storm tracks is provided. The method includes combining topographic imagery, preferably high-resolution photographic images, with storm path vectors. The method further comprises panning along the storm path vector, in a “zoomed-in” mode, to allow site-specific depiction of geographic landmarks and expected times of arrival. A system for performing the method includes control logic which causes a computer system to execute the steps of the method is also provided.01-21-2010
20100131202APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTIVE INDICATORS TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE MANAGERS - A method of predicting weather-exacerbated threats, said method comprising inputting localized weather measurement data into a weather threat prediction system; predicting future localized weather conditions based on said localized weather measurement data combined with modeling from National Weather Service Data; inputting natural environment and infrastructure data into said weather threat prediction system; correlating said infrastructure data with said predicted future localized weather conditions; and determining a threat level index over a region, a threat level indicating an area having a certain probabilistic likelihood of being harmed by said future weather conditions.05-27-2010
20110166787METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR LOCATING WIND TURBINES - Methods and systems for providing wind energy density for a location, for example, for locating a wind turbine at the location are provided. The method includes the steps of a) providing a location for consideration; b) identifying at least one meteorological station, for example, nearest the location; c) determining a wind speed for the at least one meteorological station; d) determining surface roughness characteristics of an area around the at least one meteorological station; e) calculating geostrophic wind speed about an area around the at least one meteorological station from the wind speed and the surface roughness characteristics of an area around the at least one meteorological station; f) determining surface roughness characteristics of an area around the location; and g) calculating a wind energy density for the area about the location from the calculated geostrophic wind speed and the surface roughness characteristics of the area around the location.07-07-2011
20120158304Evaluating a Situation of Being Exposed to Environmental Risk - The invention enables the evaluation of a situation of an area being exposed to risk by performing measurements at various points of the area. For this purpose, a risk propagation area is estimated over the area. Then, a subset of measurement points is selected from among the various points of the area which are also in the risk propagation area. Assignments for performing measurements at the subset points are planned.06-21-2012
20120158303UNMANNED DRIFTING SUBSTANCE MONITORING BUOY, DRIFTING SUBSTANCE MONITORING SYSTEM, AND DRIFTING SUBSTANCE MONITORING METHOD - An unmanned drifting substance monitoring buoy (06-21-2012
20110029243System and Method for Determining Road Conditions - A road data apparatus is disclosed that predicts road conditions comprising a land surface data generator which derives a land surface data output from a plurality of current and forecast weather and location data, said current and forecast weather and location data comprising surface temperature, subsurface temperature, and precipitation depth, a pavement data generator which derives a road temperature and a road condition from said land surface data output and a plurality of pavement generator input data, said plurality of pavement generator input data comprising road layer data; and a roadway status indicator generator which derives a roadway status indicator from said road temperature, road condition and precipitation data. In one embodiment, the roadway status indicator is communicated to an end user through a distribution network.02-03-2011
20120123682METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING CLIMATE CRISIS INDEX - The present invention relates to a method for producing a climate crisis index. The present invention provides a method for producing a climate crisis index as a indicator indicating the level of a risk according to climate change, wherein an average of the sum of the following indexes is produced as a climate crisis index: a carbon dioxide(CO05-17-2012
20090132167METHOD OF GENERATION AND METEOROLOGICAL SYSTEM WITH PROGRESSIVE PREDICTION OF METEOROLOGICAL SITUATIONS AROUND A CARRIER - The invention relates to a method of generation with progressive prediction of data relating to the meteorological situation around a carrier. It comprises the steps of reading data relating to the speed of the carrier and to the cloud formations, steps of calculating for each cloud formation the geographical position and the vector of voluminal parameters predicted at a given time horizon. The time horizon is dependent for each cloud formation on the speed of the carrier and the distance separating the cloud formation from the carrier. The method also comprises a step of generating a mapping comprising a representation corresponding to the calculated geographical position and to the calculated topology of each cloud formation. The subject of the invention is also an onboard meteorological system with progressive prediction of meteorological situations around a carrier. In particular, the invention applies to meteorological systems onboard aircraft comprising a meteorological radar allowing the prediction of the evolution of cloud formations.05-21-2009
20120084006SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING WEATHER FLUCTUATION PREDICTION INFORMATION AND METHOD OF PROVIDING WEATHER FLUCTUATION PREDICTION INFORMATION - A system for providing weather fluctuation prediction information includes at least one atmospheric pressure measurement device arranged in a specific local area, and a data processing device processing atmospheric pressure data measured by the atmospheric pressure measurement device. The atmospheric pressure measurement device includes an atmospheric pressure sensor having a pressure sensing device that changes a resonance frequency according to the atmospheric pressure and outputting the atmospheric pressure data according to an oscillation frequency of the corresponding pressure sensing device. The data processing device includes an atmospheric pressure data acquisition unit continuously acquiring the atmospheric pressure data measured by the atmospheric pressure measurement device, and a weather fluctuation prediction information generation unit generating the information to predict the weather fluctuations in a specified local area based on the atmospheric pressure data acquired by the atmospheric pressure data acquisition unit.04-05-2012
20120084005WEATHER VARIATION FORECAST INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND WEATHER VARIATION FORECAST INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD - A weather variation forecast information providing system includes at least three atmospheric pressure measuring devices arranged at different positions in a specific region and a data processing device processing the measured atmospheric pressure data. The data processing device includes an atmospheric pressure data acquiring unit consecutively acquiring the measured atmospheric pressure data, an atmospheric pressure gradient calculating unit calculating a two-dimensional atmospheric pressure gradient vector including atmospheric pressure gradients at a given position in the specific region in two directions as elements based on the atmospheric pressure data acquired from three of the atmospheric pressure measuring devices, and a weather variation forecast information generating unit generating the information used to forecast a given weather variation in the specific region.04-05-2012
20120166085SOLAR POWER MONITORING AND PREDICTING OF SOLAR POWER OUTPUT - A computer to improve prediction of solar output for a solar power system that includes a processor and a memory. The memory has software code which when executed causes the computer to receive power output data from the solar power system, calculate a statistical mean of the power output data, receive solar hour information from an almanac system and generate an almanac predicted power output for the solar power system for the specified time period. The computer receives weather information for the specified time period from a weather predicting source and calculates a weather prediction-to-solar almanac ratio based on a comparison of the solar hour information to the weather information. The computer generates a predicted power output for the specified time period by multiplying the almanac predicted power output for the solar power system by the weather prediction-to-solar almanac ratio and stores the predicted power output for the specified time period.06-28-2012
20100174488Tsunami Detection Method And System - A method of detecting a tsunami by using the global positioning system (GPS) is provided. The method comprises steps of distributing a plurality of GPS receivers over a sea surface in a target area; receiving signals from GPS satellites by the plurality of GPS receivers, and transmitting the signals and coordinates of the plurality of GPS receivers to a computer; processing the signals to acquire a real-time monitoring data of the ionosphere, wherein the real-time monitoring data includes the distribution of electrons in the ionosphere above the target area; and determining the occurrence of a tsunami based on the distribution of electrons.07-08-2010
20120173147Device and Method for Determining and Indicating Climate-Relevant Effects of a Contrail Produced by an Airplane - The invention relates to a device and a method for determining and indicating, on board of an airplane climate-relevant effects of a contrail produced by the airplane. The method for determining and indicating, on board of an airplane climate-relevant effects of a contrail produced by the airplane includes determining radiation data of short-wave and long-wave atmospheric radiation directed upwards in the earth atmosphere at location of the airplane, determining air temperature and air humidity at the location of the airplane, determining zenith angle of the sun at the location of the airplane, determining a radiative forcing value produced by the contrail based on the determined radiation data, air temperature and air humidity, and the zenith angle, and indicating at least one of the radiative forcing value and variables derived therefrom.07-05-2012
20120173146REAL TIME THERMAL LINE RATINGS FOR OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION LINE - A system for generating line ratings includes a module for receiving data concerning a power line. The data has location data including geographic locations along the length of the said power line, at least one tension/sag measurement, and at least one physical fact concerning the power line. A module for stores the data concerning said power line and a module receives weather data associated with each of the geographic locations along the length of the power line. A processor is configured to select between generating a line rating based on the at least one tension/sag measurement and the weather data associated with each of said geographic locations along the length of said power line, where if the power line has a load exceeding a predetermined threshold, then the processor generates a line rating based on the at least one tension/sag measurement, and where if the power line has a load below the predetermined threshold, then the processor generates a line rating based on the weather data associated with each of the geographic locations along the length of the power line.07-05-2012
20120215446Crowdsourced Weather Data Collection and Provision - A computer-implemented method of gathering data includes querying, via a vehicle computing system, a plurality of weather sensors included with a vehicle and in communication with a vehicle network. The method also includes determining whether or not appropriate conditions exist for storage of data from the sensor, for each of the sensors. Additionally, the method includes storing the data from the sensor if appropriate conditions exist. Finally, the method includes sending, from the vehicle computing system to a remote network, data from one or more queried sensors and current GPS coordinates of the vehicle.08-23-2012
20120179376Methods And Apparatus For Monitoring Complex Flow Fields For Wind Turbine Applications - A method is provided for generating range-resolved wind data near a wind turbine generator coupled to a control system. The method includes measuring wind flow data in a first long range region at a distance from a rotor plane of the wind turbine generator with a laser radar. The method also includes calculating wind fields in a second short range region and blade-specific wind fields for the at least one rotating blade based upon the measured wind flow data, the second short range region being generally closer to the rotor plane of the wind turbine generator than the first long range region. The method further includes generating range-resolved wind data. A system is also provided for generating range-resolved wind data near a wind turbine generator. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium provides wind classification codes to a control system coupled to a wind turbine generator based upon range-resolved wind fields,07-12-2012
20120179375METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING WEATHER INFORMATION FROM ROAD-GOING VEHICLES - In one embodiment taught herein, a plurality of road-going vehicles report weather-related data to a weather-determining system. For example, trucks and/or cars having in-vehicle information systems wirelessly transmit one or more items of weather-related data, such that the weather-determining system directly or indirectly receives the transmitted data. In turn, the weather-determining system jointly processes the weather-related data to determine weather information for one or more geographic areas corresponding to reported positions of the road-going vehicles. In one embodiment, the in-vehicle information systems comprise GPS-based position reporting systems installed in on-highway trucks and other fleet vehicles, and the weather-determining system comprises a modified position-tracking system, e.g., a modified network fleet management system. Weather-related data may be collected and processed for large numbers of vehicles across many geographic areas of interest, and the resulting weather information can be fed back to the road-going vehicles and/or provided to other consumers of weather information.07-12-2012
20120253674INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An apparatus includes an obtaining unit configured to obtain an atmospheric-pressure value measured by each of a plurality of electronic devices, the plurality of electronic devices being located at corresponding floors in a building and having atmospheric-pressure sensors, respectively, a setting unit configured to perform processing, the processing including calculating a frequency of an atmospheric-pressure value having a same value on the basis of the obtained plurality of atmospheric-pressure values and, classifying the atmospheric-pressure values on the basis of the frequencies, and generating association information associating the classified atmospheric-pressure value with a floor of the building; and a transmission unit configured to transmit information on a floor of the building associated with the atmospheric-pressure value on the basis of the generated association information when an atmospheric-pressure value is received together with identification information identifying the electronic device from any one of the electronic devices.10-04-2012
20120259549SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHARACTERIZING TURBULENCE REGIONS - Systems and methods for characterizing regions of turbulence are provided. In one implementation, a method includes: measuring turbulence with an inertial reference unit on an aircraft to acquire a turbulence measurement; recording a position of the aircraft associated with the turbulence measurement and the turbulence measurement on at least one memory device; processing the turbulence measurement on a processing unit to determine a turbulence intensity setting; determining a turbulence region for the recorded position; associating the turbulence region with the turbulence intensity setting; and transmitting the turbulence intensity setting and the associated turbulence region.10-11-2012
20100305860Filtered Model Output Statistics (FMOS) - A computer-implemented method to provide stabilized and spatially smooth regression coefficients for weather forecast error correction from small training data sets. In accordance with the present invention, an MOS estimate of the regression coefficient calculated from a small data set can be optimally combined with a smooth prior estimate of the regression coefficient, an estimate of the spatial error covariance of that prior estimate, and an estimate of the spatial error covariance of the MOS estimate. The result is a filtered MOS (FMOS) regression coefficient which can be used to more accurately estimate and correct errors in weather forecasts even using only small data sets.12-02-2010
20120232798METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATING EVAPORATION REPRESENTATIVE OF AN AREA - This invention related to a method of and a system for estimating evaporation representing an area at a particular location The method comprises receiving air temperature information, using the received air temperature information to determine at least average air temperature, standard deviation of the air temperature, and skewness of the air temperature at the particular location, receiving soil heat flux information and net irradiance information indicative of soil heat flux and net irradiance at the party location respectively, determining, sensible heat flux at the particular location by using at least the determined average air temperature, standard deviation of the air temperature, and skewness of the air temperature associated with the particular location, and determining an estimate of the evaporation at the particular location by using the determined sensible heat flux, received soil heat flux and net irradiance information.09-13-2012
20080300790Environmental data delivery - edd - Apparatus is designed to collect environmental data on land and sea and wirelessly transmit via satellite or cell towers. This allows for instantaneous analysis to show how oceans warm. An application predicts hurricanes and tornadoes, and precisely tells where tornadoes are to strike and path thereafter. In addition, data locates areas to use to reduce or eradicate hurricanes and tornadoes.12-04-2008
20100169017APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING PRECIPITATION - A precipitation gauge for measuring liquid and frozen precipitation is provided according to the present invention that includes a support structure having at least one light sensor, or pair of electrodes, and at least one light source disposed thereon so that the light sensor may receive light that is emitted from the light source. The light sensor or light sensors and the light source or light sources generally extend a substantial height of the support structure. The light sensor or light sensors generate an output signal in response to the amount of light received from the light source. A microprocessor receives the output signal or output signals from the light sensor or light sensors and determines whether precipitation is present between the light sensor or light sensors and the light source or light sources. Based on the output signal or output signals, the microprocessor determines and displays the level of precipitation. The microprocessor may also determine the density of frozen precipitation. A heating element is disposed on the support structure to melt frozen precipitation. The microprocessor determines the density of the frozen precipitation from the amount of frozen precipitation and the amount of liquid that results from melting the frozen precipitation. Alternatively, the microprocessor determines the density of frozen precipitation from the amount of frozen precipitation and the weight of the frozen precipitation. A temperature sensor, a moisture sensor, and/or a humidity sensor are located at or near the support structure and are connected to the microprocessor. A method for measuring the amount of precipitation and the density of frozen precipitation is also disclosed.07-01-2010
20110276269SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORECASTING SOLAR POWER - A solar power forecasting system can provide forecasts of solar power output by photovoltaic plants over multiple time frames. A first time frame may be several hours from the time of the forecast, which can allow utility personnel sufficient time to make decisions to counteract a forecasted shortfall in solar power output. For example, the utility personnel can decide to increase power production and/or to purchase additional power to make up for any forecasted shortfall in solar power output. A second time frame can be several minutes from the time of the forecast, which can allow for operations to mitigate effects of a forecasted shortfall in solar power output. Such mitigation operations can include directing an energy management system to shed noncritical loads and/or ramping down the power produced by the photovoltaic plants at a rate that is acceptable to the utility to which the photovoltaic plants provide power.11-10-2011
20120330549APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTIVE INDICATORS TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE MANAGERS - A method of predicting weather-exacerbated threats, said method comprising inputting localized weather measurement data into a weather threat prediction system; predicting future localized weather conditions based on said localized weather measurement data combined with modeling from National Weather Service Data; inputting natural environment and infrastructure data into said weather threat prediction system; correlating said infrastructure data with said predicted future localized weather conditions; and determining a threat level index over a region, a threat level indicating an area having a certain probabilistic likelihood of being harmed by said future weather conditions.12-27-2012
20130013206Meteorological Parameter Forecasting - A method, an apparatus and an article of manufacture for forecasting a meteorological parameter. The method includes analyzing geographically distributed sensor network data to assess spatial and temporal variation of a meteorological parameter in real-time, correlating at least two portions of data from the sensor network to identify a temporal and spatial evolution of the meteorological parameter, and forecasting the meteorological parameter based on the temporal and spatial evolution of the meteorological parameter.01-10-2013
20130018586Field and Crop Information Gathering System - A method, apparatus, and system related to field and crop information gathering. In one aspect of the invention, data is obtained from a producer. One example would be yield map data from a yield monitor. Another is “as planted” data from precision farming planting equipment. The data includes information about seed or crop in a producer's field and an identification of the field. The data is combined with other information in a report. The information added could be, for example, soil type information overlaid on the field map. Another example is environmental classification information overlaid on the field map. The report is returned to the producer and used to discuss planning related to the field and the seed or crop.01-17-2013
20130024118System and Method for Identifying Patterns in and/or Predicting Extreme Climate Events - A method and system are provided for medium-range probabilistic prediction of extreme temperature events. Extreme temperatures are measured according to how local temperature thresholds are exceeded on daily timescales to generate a local “Magnitude Index” (MI). A regional MI reflecting the historic temperature intensity, duration and spatial extent of extreme temperature events over all locations within the region is then computed. The regional MI is used to create a synoptic catalog for each of one or more pre-defined weather variables by testing the significance of leading modes in historic atmospheric variability across specified periods of time. Current or recent weather conditions are compared against the synoptic catalog to generate probabilistic predictions of extreme temperature events based the presence of synoptic precursors identified in historic patterns.01-24-2013
20120253675METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE SIPHON DRAINAGE TYPE RAINFALL MEASUREMENT WITH SELF-COMPENSATION FUNCTION - A siphon drainage type rainfall remote measurement device with self-compensation function is provided. The bottom existence of a rain collection barrel (10-04-2012
20130103317METHODS OF DETERMINING THE LIQUID WATER CONTENT OF A CLOUD - In one aspect, methods of determining a size distribution of water droplets in a cloud are described herein. In some embodiments, a method of determining a size distribution of water droplets in a cloud comprises sampling a depth of a cloud with a beam of electromagnetic radiation, measuring echo intensities of the electromagnetic radiation returned from the cloud with a detector, determining a measured optical extinction coefficient from the measured echo intensities, determining a measured backscatter coefficient from the measured echo intensities, determining a lidar ratio from the measured optical extinction coefficient and the measured backscatter coefficient, determining from the lidar ratio a value pair comprising a shape parameter (μ) and median volume diameter (D04-25-2013
20130103316METHODS OF DETERMINING WATER DROPLET SIZE DISTRIBUTIONS OF CLOUDS - In one aspect, methods of determining a size distribution of water droplets in a cloud are described herein. In some embodiments, a method of determining a size distribution of water droplets in a cloud comprises sampling a depth of the cloud with a beam of electromagnetic radiation, measuring a scattering signal of the electromagnetic radiation returned from the cloud over a range of field of view angles to provide a measured scattering curve [p04-25-2013
20130179079Real-Time Power Line Rating - Real-time power line rating may be provided. First, sensor data may be received corresponding to a conductor of a power line. The sensor data may provide real-time weather conditions for the conductor's environment. The sensor data may be received from a sensor device configured to collect the sensor data. The sensor data may correspond to the weather conditions at a location of the sensor device on the power line. Next, design limitations for the power line having the conductor may be received. The conductor of the power line may have a design ampacity based upon the design limitations and assumed weather conditions for the conductor's environment. Then a dynamic ampacity may be calculated for the power line based upon the received sensor data and the received design limitations for the power line. The power line may then be operated according to the calculated dynamic ampacity instead of the design ampacity.07-11-2013
20130179078METHOD FOR MEASURING WEEKLY AND ANNUAL EMISSIONS OF A GREENHOUSE GAS OVER A GIVEN SURFACE AREA - Method for measuring weekly and annual emissions of a greenhouse gas generated over a determined geographical area and measuring system implementing the method.07-11-2013
20100318297IRRADIANCE MAPPING LEVERAGING A DISTRIBUTED NETWORK OF SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS - A computer processor implemented method of developing irradiance mapping using a distributed network of solar photovoltaic systems, the method comprising the steps of: selecting a predetermined geographic area having at least five solar photovoltaic systems to provide a photovoltaic system; calibrating the photovoltaic system; reversing the photovoltaic system performance model using a computer processor to solve the irradiance input value; calculating irradiance according to irradiance input value, energy output and weather data using the computer processor to provide a single irradiance point; and mapping at least two single irradiance points to create an irradiance map.12-16-2010
20130191027Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Doppler LIDAR - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for Doppler light detection and ranging (LIDAR). According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for measuring atmospheric wind speed. The method includes tuning, in sequence, light output of a laser to a first wavelength and a second wavelength, wherein the first wavelength and the second wavelength are symmetric about a maximum transmission wavelength peak associated with a Fabry-Perot etalon; directing the light output to one or more portions of the atmosphere; receiving backscattered light from the one or more portions of the atmosphere; directing the received backscatter light through the Fabry-Perot etalon; detecting a transmission signal corresponding to light transmitted through the Fabry-Perot etalon; and determining, by at least the transmission signal, atmospheric wind speed at one or more portions of the atmosphere.07-25-2013
20120029824SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING REGIONS OF DISTINCT WIND FLOW - Systems and methods for detecting areas of distinct wind flow in a region of a wind farm are disclosed. Areas of distinct flow can be identified by a computing tool based at least in part on wind velocity field data. For instance, using wind velocity field data, a finite-time Lyapunov exponent (FTLE) field, which measures the rate at which particles are stretching over time relative to each other, can be calculated. The FTLE field can be analyzed to determine the transport barriers in the flow. The maximum transport barriers of the FTLE field describe Lagrangian coherent structures (LCS). The LCS can be used to identify areas of distinct wind flow, which can be used to determine desirable locations for placement of wind measurement data or to identify recirculation zones.02-02-2012
20120029823SENSING DEVICE FOR DETERMINING WEATHER EVENT ATTRIBUTES - A sensing device for use in determining at least one attribute of a weather event comprising a plurality of elements. The sensing device can comprise a pressure sensitive surface. The pressure sensitive surface can comprise a pressure sensor. In response to receiving pressure applied by one of the elements, the pressure sensor can generate an output. A first attribute of the at least one attribute of the weather event is determinable at least in part from the output. A system, method, and computer program product for use in determining the at least one attribute are also provided.02-02-2012
20130204532IDENTIFYING WIND DIRECTION AND WIND SPEED USING WIND NOISE - A headset device includes binaural wind sensors to receive wind noise. The binaural wind sensors include a left wind sensor and a right wind sensor. The headset device includes a processor to execute instructions to receive wind noise induced by wind at the binaural wind sensors. The processor is also to determine a sound energy density distribution of the wind noise. The processor is to match the sound energy density distribution to one of a plurality of reference sound energy density distributions. Each of the plurality of reference sound energy density distributions includes an associated wind speed and wind direction. The processor is further to identify a wind speed and a wind direction corresponding to the matched reference sound energy density distribution.08-08-2013
20120303278APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTIVE INDICATORS TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE MANAGERS - A method of predicting weather-exacerbated threats, said method comprising inputting localized weather measurement data into a weather threat prediction system; predicting future localized weather conditions based on said localized weather measurement data combined with modeling from National Weather Service Data; inputting natural environment and infrastructure data into said weather threat prediction system; correlating said infrastructure data with said predicted future localized weather conditions; and determining a threat level index over a region, a threat level indicating an area having a certain probabilistic likelihood of being harmed by said future weather conditions.11-29-2012
20130211722Computer-Implemented System And Method For Bounding Accuracy On A Forecast Of Photovoltaic Fleet Power Generation - A computer-implemented system and method for bounding accuracy on a forecast of photovoltaic fleet power generation is provided. Measured irradiance observations for a plurality of locations are retrieved. The measured observations include a time series recorded at successive time periods. Forecast irradiance observations are retrieved. Error between the forecast and the measured observations is identified. A mean and standard deviation of the error is determined and combined into a fleet mean and fleet standard deviation. Sky clearness indexes are generated as a ratio of each measured observation and clear sky irradiance. A time series of the sky clearness indexes is formed. Fleet irradiance statistics are determined through statistical evaluation of the sky clearness indexes time series. A time series of power statistics is generated as a function of the fleet irradiance statistics and photovoltaic fleet power rating. A statistical confidence is associated with each power statistic in the time series.08-15-2013

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