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Mt. McKinley Weather Station
Tohru Saito
International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Denali Weather Station (photo by Tohru Saito)
Denali Weather Station at 5715-m elevation on Mt. McKinley (photo by Tohru Saito)
System Battery icon Lithium battery bank
Location Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, Alaska (just above Denali Pass) (63º 04.773’N 151º 01.769’W  5715m)
Description This is a small, high altitude weather station. The purpose is to collect meteorological data on the mountain and transmit it to the Visitor Center for real time data display. Real time data helps with weather forecasting and is of vital importance to those planning mountaineering attempts on Mt. McKinley (Denali). It is also interesting to the general public.

On-line slide show of the installation expedition

The datalogger is powered using Lithium batteries from Saft (model #LSH20). Lithium batteries work to -40 C with a 40% capacity derating.

Battery datasheet PDF icon
Data Wind speeds, temperature, and barometric pressure are measured using an Vaisala ultrasonic anemometer, a cup anemometer, two thermometers, and a pressure sensor.
Project Website with real-time data:  http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/mt_mckinley/index.php
Comms Data is stored using Campbell Scientific CR1000 datalogger and transferred via a Polartronix PX-503 VHF telemetry system with relay stations.