Remote Automated Weather Station
The Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) system is a network of weather stations run by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and monitored by the National Interagency Fire Center, mainly to observe potential wildfire conditions.
Unlike the automated airport weather stations which are located at nearly every airport large and small, RAWS stations are often located in remote areas, particularly in national forests. Because of this, they usually are not connected to the electrical grid, but rather have their own solar panels, and a battery to store power for overnight reporting. Some instead run on an generator. In both cases, data important to operating the station itself, such as battery voltage or fuel level, is often included in the hourly reports.
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