Importance of Road Weather Monitoring
Management of winter road maintenance is in high demand all over the world. Winter weather is intensifying in many parts of the world, and this has led to the development of road weather applications. These applications work across multiple devices, and they have the capabilities to ensure that drivers in cities and municipalities are safe when driving in harsh winter weather conditions.
How Road Weather Stations Can Make a Difference
The Road Weather Monitoring systems are equipped with enough features that are designed to protect drivers always. Drivers who use these systems always have an idea on the road and weather conditions.
Safety Features in Road Weather Systems
- Overview cameras
- Road sensors
- Atmospheric measuring
- Precipitation and visibility
- Wind measuring
Cameras synced to these systems provide an accurate view of both the weather and road conditions. A live look makes it easier to make informed decisions on whether some roads are safe.
These cameras also have night vision features. This is because most weather conditions change drastically at nightfall. Night vision assists drivers to determine whether roads are navigable, and they are aware of potential hitches including interruptions.
These road sensors have the capabilities of measuring subsurface and surface temperatures to create a safe environment for driving. The sensors can detect the friction, thickness of water layers and the concentration of salt on the roads.
It is necessary for drivers to know the air temperature so that they can make sound judgment on whether a freeze will occur when on the road. Road maintenance crews can also prepare themselves for a severe weather change if they note rapid rises or drops in the temperature.
Other weather conditions that are closely monitored by Road Weather Monitoring systems include relative humidity and dew point. This is because they are also subject to rapid changes in the event of severe weather conditions. When all these conditions are monitored closely, responses in case of severe weather such as storms improve.
Precipitation and visibility
Measuring precipitation accurately ensures that drivers and passengers are safe. Safety of roads is mainly judged by the intensity and amount of precipitation.
Visibility is also equally important, and it is necessary for preventing accidents and collisions. Monitoring visibility accurately enables drivers to be able to spot potential road complications that are related to weather conditions.
Measuring the speed of the wind is vital. This is especially in areas that experience increase in winter weather conditions. Accurately measuring the speed of wind will help determine whether it is safe to drive or not. This is more important for commercial truck drivers who use larger vehicles with heavy cargo and travel for long distances.
Other than measuring the speed of wind, wind direction is also important to provide accurate weather predictions. When it is snowing, the direction of the wind will help in determining areas with deep snow.
This unique software has the abilities to pull together all these elements and create an environment where drivers can get access to accurate information on road weather conditions, even in severe weather conditions. These systems have detailed maps that have images that assist drivers to determine the safest conditions to drive even during harsh weather conditions.