This station is located in the Creamer's Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, which is operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The Friends of Creamer's Field also support the refuge operations and provide a wide variety of public education programs at the refuge. The location of this station is at the transition from the Farmer's Loop bowl area and the open floodplain formed by the Chena and Tanana Rivers.
How Does it Work?
The meteorological station is solar powered and uses equipment primarily from
Campbell Scientific Inc. to read sensors, store and process data, and provide telemetry. A CR1000 data logger is used to measure and store data from a variety of sensors. Air temperature is measured by two different sensors. One sensor is a combined air temperature/relative humidity sensor (HMP45C). The second sensor is a custom built thermistor, which includes two YSI thermistors. This sensor allows colder temperature readings, common for Fairbanks winters. Wind speed and direction is measured by a R.M. Young 05103 wind monitor.
What are Current Weather Conditions?
The following are a series of plots showing the GFM02 near-real time meteorological conditions. The data is updated every 15 minutes through a radio telemetry network. Radio communication uses a very efficient low-power radio (RF450) that works well in interior Alaska extreme cold climate conditions.