Frankenstation is Alive!
Our weather station in the Llanganuco Valley, Ancash, Peru went down in early December due to a slowly draining battery. It was concerning, especially considering that the station had never went down before prior to adding a new cloud monitoring sensor. It was anybody’s guess as to whether it would resurrect itself, continue logging data, or if it had simply died.
We suspected that the extra draw from the cloud sensor slowly reduced the voltage of the battery once rainy season clouds started moving in. The solar panel couldn’t provide enough energy to replenish the battery during the day due to cloudcover leading to a shut down of all satellite communications. Today, we received communication from the station and to our great relief, it was logging the whole time. Five months in the darkness actually did nothing but save us some money on our Iridium data plan!