Thursday, August 23, 2007

Winds Aloft Problem with RRS sondes - Today's Worst Example

While I didn't have time to plow through the details of all the NWS RRS Sippican soundings this morning, the worst example was not hard to find. The upper-air sounding at Boise, ID (WMO 72681), 1200 UTC, 23 August 2007, observed no winds above the surface.

I keep hoping that the NWS will formally alert external users of upper-air data, whether the users be proviate forecasters or the university and research community, of the problems that are plaguing their new RRS soundings.

As far as I know, such information has not been shared with the external user community - if my assessment is wrong, please let me know. Thanks. Bob

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