Columbia Weather Systems, also known as CWS, provides professional weather-monitoring equipment for public safety and industries affected by weather conditions. The company s systems measure the meteorological parameters of wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, humidity, temperature, rainfall, solar radiation, fuel moisture and leaf wetness. It provides a variety of weather stations including mobile, portable, wireless and weather networks. CWS is a subsidiary of Hinds Instruments, which began manufacturing Capricorn weather stations in the early 1980s. To provide better focus and optimize resources, Hinds spun off the weather station division and formed a new company in 1998. Though a relatively small and young company, Columbia Weather has backing from its long-established parent company. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., Columbia Weather Systems employs nearly 5 people.