U.S.A.F. DATSAV3 Surface Observations, 1901-continuing

This ASCII data set (DATSAV3) is produced at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) from a USAF binary set (DATSAV2), a collection of worldwide surface weather observations from sources such as the the Global Telecommunications System (GTS) and Automated Weather Network (AWN). The Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) decoded most of the collected observations for the Air Force Combat Climatology Center (AFCCC) where final decoding, validation, and quality control created DATSAV2.

Mandatory data includes pressure, temperature, visibility, sky condition, and wind observation, but there may also be additional data, data remarks, or data element quality sections.

NCDC provides quarterly updates to DSS, usually with a two-month delay. The earliest data is for 1901. The earliest years have the least volume of data, a few hundred megabytes; the volume in the 1950s-early 1960s increased by a factor of 10-20; 1965-1972 shows a decrease because of a loss of data; beginning in 1973 with about 5 gigabytes of data, volume has gradually increased to about 20 gigabytes per year. There are now about 10,000 active stations.

Similar data sets prepared by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) are ds464.0 [http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds464.0/] (beginning February 1975), and ds461.0 [http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds461.0/] (beginning April 2000).

This dataset has been superseded by ds463.3 [/datasets/ds463.3/].

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  • Bob Dattore
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Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1901-01
    End:  2008-05

Keywords

Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1901-01
Temporal Range End 2008-05
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 335209 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 Bob Dattore
Resource Support Email dattore@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 Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Air Force Combat Climatology Center, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense
557th Weather Wing, U.S. Air Force, U. S. Department of Defense
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2003-06-16
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Not Assigned
Alternate Identifier ds463.2
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress onGoing
Metadata Date 2024-01-03T15:11:41-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds463.2
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce, Air Force Combat Climatology Center, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense, 557th Weather Wing, U.S. Air Force, U. S. Department of Defense. (2003). U.S.A.F. DATSAV3 Surface Observations, 1901-continuing. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. https://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds463.2/. Accessed 22 July 2024.

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