About the Christman Field Weather Station

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      Christman Field is a small, inactive, airfield on the Foothills Campus of Colorado State University approximately 0.5 miles west of the intersection of Overland Trail and Laporte Avenue on the extreme west edge of Fort Collins. It is approximately 0.5 miles east of the hogback that forms Horsetooth Reservoir. Research facilities of the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science are located there. The automated weather station was first installed in 1993 and in November 2005 the following new instruments were installed:
  • Vaisala PTB101B Barometer
  • 05103 RM Young Wind Monitor (mounted at 10m)
  • CR1000 Datalogger
  • HMP45C-L Vaisala Temperature/RH Probe (mounted at 2m)
  • LI200X-L Pyranometer
  • Heated Tipping Bucket Raingauge
Observations are taken every 5 minutes (no manual observations are taken at the site). The station is situated in an open field surrounded by natural vegetation. The land surrounding the station is primarily unirrigated grassland but with buildings and pavement well south of the instrumentation.

Many thanks to the following individuals for helping to install the new instruments: Natalie Tourville, Brian McNoldy, Jonathan Vigh, Matt Masarik, Paul Ciesielski, Chris Rozoff, and Peter Rogers.
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Looking north from FCC  
Looking west from FCC The FCC instruments Looking east from FCC
  Looking south from FCC Photos by B. McNoldy
January 2006
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HMP45C-L Vaisala Temp/RH probe (2m)
LI200X-L Pyranometer (2.9m)
05103RM Young Anemometer (10m) Heated tipping-bucket raingauge
Photos by B. McNoldy
January 2006

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