Radar Weather Observation

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Radar Weather Observation is a set of archived historical manuscripts stored on microfiche. The primary source of these radar weather observations manuscript records was approximately 110 National Weather Service (NWS) radar stations. The records were placed on microfiche monthly or annually, depending on the radar station. In addition, the years these records are available vary from station to station. There were approximately 59 NWS radar observing stations equipped with weather surveillance radar which made photographs of the plan position indicator (PPI) scope on 16-mm or 35-mm film. When echoes were visible, pictures were taken at least every 5 minutes and sometimes as often as every 40 seconds. The manuscripts consist of hourly and special observations on daily MF 7-60 forms. Observations were taken about 35 minutes past the hour throughout each 24 hour period. Each observation provides detailed information about the character, type, and intensity of precipitation; direction and distance of the echoes from the station; movement of echoes; maximum height of cells; and pertinent remarks. Most stations discontinued providing the manuscript data in 1996, but there are a few stations with data available after this time.
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  • NCEI Physicals: RADWO
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00134
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  • Paper
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Time Period 1947-01-01 to 2000-07-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 72.0
S: 15.0
E: -60.0
W: 145.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 1993-01-01
Data Presentation Form Hardcopy image - image archived in analog format
Dataset Progress Status Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose To make a wide range of climatic data available to researchers and the public.
Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • National Weather Bureau, United States
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • National Weather Bureau, United States
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Radar
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Height
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • United States Of America
  • Guam
  • Puerto Rico
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Land Surface
  • Troposphere
  • Stratosphere
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Lineage Statement Data was collected by the National Weather Bureau and, later, the National Weather Service. Some data is of poor quality and records may be incomplete.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-05-25
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