We installed a weather station in the Ciénega in March 9, 2010 approximately 50 meters from the sampling site #4, on a small island with solid ground that is easily accessible by boat. The weather station is shown in the following pictures. In the first picture the station can be seen as a white dot in the middle, and the second picture shows the field crew downloading data from the station.
The weather station is a Davis Vantage pro2 that provides the following weather information: temperature, rainfall amount, humidity levels, wind speed, wind direction and wind chill factor. In addition, the station is equipped with an ultraviolet (UV) sensor to measure the sunburn portion of the light spectrum and a solar radiation sensor to measure evapotranspiration (drying factor). Additional weather information includes barometric pressure trend, heat index, dew point, time of sunrise and sunset, forecasting icons, UV index and solar radiation.
Data collection began on March 13, and the first download was on March 25. The following table is a report for the month of April 2010. The station was down for a few days due to problems with the batteries.
The weather station was first installed in March 9, 2010 and since then has been collecting information on several parameters. The record has some gaps due to malfunctioning of the equipment. The following figures show the time series for temperature and rain during this period.
Maximum, minimum and average temperature in °C at the Ciénega de Santa Clara. The graph shows gaps for March 25-April 10, August 25-September 6, and October 19-November 4 due to problems with the equipment. During these periods the weather station was under repair and therefore we were unable to collect data.
Precipitation in mm at the Ciénega de Santa Clara.