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Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 articles authored by: Dirk Baker

Death Valley, a Year Later

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 07/29/2022 | Comments: 3

death valley, a year later

About a year ago (May 2021), I installed a weather station next to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) official station at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park (California, USA). To familiarize yourself with this project, read my previous article. The purposes of this installation... read more

But It’s a Dry Heat… like a Furnace

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 06/21/2021 | Comments: 4

but it’s a dry heat… <em>like a furnace</em>

In this article, I'll share my experience collaborating on a research project to record some extreme weather conditions that may even set a world record!  On August 16, 2020, the weather station located at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park (California, USA) recorded a temperature... read more

Why Do We Need an Algorithm for Rainfall Intensity Correction?

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 03/05/2021 | Comments: 0

why do we need an algorithm for rainfall intensity correction?

In this article, I’ll explain how errors can occur when measuring the precipitation amount, discuss a correction approach, and demonstrate how an algorithm can be used to design high-quality tipping bucket rain gauges. Introduction Liquid precipitation (rain) is at once one of the simplest measurements mechanically and... read more

Relative Humidity: To Average, or Not to Average?

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 01/30/2020 | Comments: 2

relative humidity: to average, or not to average?

Have you ever been told not to average relative humidity (RH)? Have you ever created a data logger program with Short Cut and noticed that it does not allow you to average RH when you generate your data table? Do you know why? In this blog... read more

Taking In-Situ Soil Measurements to New Performance Depths

Author: Dirk Baker | Last Updated: 04/17/2019 | Comments: 0

taking in-situ soil measurements to new performance depths

Advances in technology and mechanical design offer vast improvements for those of you who need soil measurements at multiple depths—especially environmental researchers and anyone who works with environmental monitoring networks. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the measurement challenges you may face... read more