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A micro-siting strategy assures optimum conditions at each site. Sensor height is determined based on optimizing accuracy and survivability. WeatherFlow uses WMO (World Meteorological Organization) standards of 10 meter height, unobstructed fetch for at least 10 times the height of the closest vertical structure, as factors. But WMO standards are not adhered to rigorously since a primary objective is guaranteeing delivery of accurate data through a storm. Damage risk from surrounding structures and potential debris, and even inundation via storm surges and subsequent wave action, place limits on many mounting locations. WeatherFlow’s experience allows optimum tradeoff between standards and accurate reliability.

An even greater optimization challenge is clean fetch along the immediate coastline. Over water, clear fetch is not a big problem, and well inland, open space is usually attainable for station placement. The problem arises along the immediate coast where suburban and urban growth dominates. Wind shadowing effects from oceanfront homes and high-rise condominiums severely limit potential locations. Even when a site may adhere to acceptable fetch requirements, mobile home debris, roofing, glass, palm trees and other foliage from nearby development drastically increases the potential for flying debris, hence the “path” to finding suitable locations is complex and non-trivial. WeatherFlow is forging many partnerships with new and existing clients, and other parties, with the goal of attaining the best locations possible for the WindX project.