NMC B3 ADP Global Upper Air Observations, daily March 1962 to December 1972

DSS presents a global synoptic set of 12 hourly upper air data reports. These were operationally collected by NMC. They include radiosondes, pibals and aircraft reports received via the Global Telecommunications System (GTS). NMC used Automated Data Processing (ADP) to decode and reformat the GTS reports. This data was the primary input (known as "B 3s") for NMC's modeling and forecasting. It was also a major input for the NCEP/NCAR and ECMWF Reanalysis Projects. The NCAR document TN404 An Introduction to Atmospheric and Oceanographic Datasets, (chapter 3) [http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/tn404/text/tn404_6.html#HEADING18] discusses the collection of this data in greater detail.

The ADPUPA data includes land and ship launched radiosondes and pibals. Data may be available at up to 20 mandatory levels from 1000mb to 10mb, plus a few significant levels. The AIRCFT data includes flight level reports from commercial, military and reconnaissance sources. The data may include pressure, deviation value (deviation from standard atmosphere geopotential height), temperature, dew point, wind direction and speed.

This dataset is in an NCAR blocked version of the NMC Office Note 20 (ON20) format, which involves using the DSS RPTOUT software.

To Access Resource:

Questions? Email Resource Support Contact:

  • Doug Schuster
    schuster@ucar.edu
    UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive

Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1962-03-04
    End:  1972-12-31

Keywords

Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1962-03-04
Temporal Range End 1972-12-31
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat N/A
Bounding Box South Lat N/A
Bounding Box West Long N/A
Bounding Box East Long N/A
Spatial Representation N/A
Spatial Resolution N/A
Related Links N/A
Additional Information N/A
Resource Format Binary
Standardized Resource Format Binary
Asset Size 5290 MB
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Access Constraints Registration on the RDA web site is a requirement for access to the data.
Software Implementation Language N/A

Resource Support Name Doug Schuster
Resource Support Email schuster@ucar.edu
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive
Distributor NCAR Research Data Archive
Metadata Contact Name N/A
Metadata Contact Email rdahelp@ucar.edu
Metadata Contact Organization NCAR Research Data Archive

Author National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 1980-02-06
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.5065/R592-TX59
Alternate Identifier ds353.0
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2024-01-03T15:11:37-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds353.0
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce. (1980). NMC B3 ADP Global Upper Air Observations, daily March 1962 to December 1972. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. https://doi.org/10.5065/R592-TX59. Accessed 18 June 2024.

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