Thank you again for your assistance. I have used many Belfort Instruments during my 25 in the weather business and they have all performed remarkably well even under the harshest of conditions. Quick tale: in 1984 when I was in the Navy serving at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, the Micro-Barograph we had in the weather office stopped running. Someone over-wound it. My leading chief, who I am still friends with to this day, and I had no choice but to take apart the clock mechanism to try to fix it. We had no idea what we were doing but we figured we had nothing to lose since it was broken anyway. It took us almost 12 hours to get the thing back together and when we did there was a small part left over that we did not know what to do with. But, miraculously, the thing worked again!!! As it happened, in 1997 I returned to McMurdo Station as a civilian weather observer working for the National Science Foundation, and guess what? That exact same barograph was still in the weather office and it worked just fine!!!!! Even minus the left over part!!! It is, in fact, still there to this day and running just fine (I have a friend who works there still). Amazing. I learned something the day we fixed the barograph. And that is this: I will never take one of those clock mechanisms apart again. It is like a Swiss watch in there and way beyond my ability to ever deal with again!!!!
Thank you again.”
Robert Ruehl – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Belfort AWOS AV Network is a great resource, and I will plan to use for validation of my GOES downburst prediction products. FYI- a Belfort AWOS AV station on the Baltimore Harbor was the only sensor in the area to record high winds (> 40 knots) during the water taxi accident on March 6, 2004.”
Ken Pryor – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)