Western Pacific Typhoon Aircraft Fixes

Western Pacific typhoon aircraft reconnaissance data from the years 1946 - 1965 and 1978, excluding 1952, were transcribed from original documents, or copy of original documents, into a spreadsheet. Microfilm and paper documents were inspected for reconnaissance aircraft fixes and other data collected during flight. Data was collected from reports such as, tropical cyclone consolidated reports, annual typhoon reports, storm summary and life history of the typhoon reports, and aircraft weather code charts. Unfortunately, data for the year of 1952 could not be found, data for the year of 1955 is very limited, and data for the year of 1978 was incomplete in its digitized format. This dataset is a compilation of datasets that are present in paper and microfilm format located at Asheville's National Climatic Data Center archive, but is not easily accessible to the public. Part of the dataset also exists, and is available to the public at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center website in a pdf format. However, those data are not available in a digitized format.
Cite this dataset when used as a source.
  • NCEI DSI 9773_01
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00778
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Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Dataset Point of Contact Customer Engagement Branch
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Dataset Principal Investigator Ken Knapp
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Time Period 1946-03-27 to 1978-11-29
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2012-12-01
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose This transcription of Western Pacific typhoon aircraft reconnaissance data from paper and microfilm format into a digital spreadsheet will guarantee the preservation of the data for future generations, as well as offer easier access for data analysis. The transcription of the data may also supplement data already available at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and other agencies across the globe, as well as provide a resource for more detailed studies.
Cited Authors
  • Gustavo Riggio
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • Gustavo Riggio
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Weather Events > Tropical Cyclones
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Weather Events > Monsoons
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Weather Events > Rain Storms
  • Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Natural Hazards > Tropical Cyclones > Typhoons
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Anticyclones/Cyclones
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Upper-air Water Vapour
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Upper-air Wind Speed And Direction
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Upper-air Wind Speed And Direction
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • AIRCRAFT
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • Thermometers
  • Anemometers
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Vertical Data Resolution Keywords
  • 100 meters - < 1 km
  • > 1 km
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
  • Vertical Location > Boundary Layer
Use Constraints
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement This dataset is a compilation of datasets that are present in paper and microfilm format located at Asheville's National Climatic Data Center archive, but is not easily accessible to the public. The data is quality controlled to a certain extent. The raw data was left intact and was transcribed as it appeared in the original documents. However, certain data was excluded in order to better data analysis. Data containing ineligible characters or incomplete missions were excluded from the raw data and are not included in the current dataset. Data for the year of 1952 that pertains to this project could not be located at this time. Data for the year of 1955, also pertaining to this project, is very limited and incomplete since it could not be found in the archives. Data for the year of 1978 was incomplete. Discovery of new data pertaining to these years may later be included into the project.
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • Data that included any of the characteristics described below were excluded from the raw data and not included in the current dataset. 1) When the latitude or longitude of the fix could not be read. Example: "lon x.3". 2) When there was no data other than the name of the storm. 3) When there is no record of time and fix. 4) When the speed of the storm could not be read. Example: "Speed of storm 10.?". 5) When the mission was said to be aborted. 6) When the storm was not found or there was no evidence of closed circulation. 7) When the only information available was the unit, remarks, and number of observations. 8) When the only information available was in the remarks. 9) When no eye was observed.
    Rationale: Certain data was excluded in order to better data analysis.
Source Datasets
  • Paper Records located at NCDC
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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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