Taking a Bite out of the Climate Station

ALRF meteorologist Brendan Murphy repairs the solar panel cable that was chewed through in December.

ALRF staff  completed an annual winter check on the  climate station yesterday, and it was a good thing we did….two cables had been chewed through by ‘something’ (possibly a moose). One cable  was for the snowdepth sensor and the other for the solar panel that recharges the station batteries. Based on the data, the station stopped logging snowdepths on December 15th, at 10pm (a late night snack perhaps?). Both cables were repaired, and fortunately, the batteries were still fully charged probably due to the insulating properties of the 135cm of snow at the site!