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Technical Implementation Notice 12-06, Amended

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

330 PM EDT Mon Apr 16 2012

 

To:       Subscribers:

          -Family of Services

          -NOAA Weather Wire Service

          -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          -NOAAPORT

          Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees

 

From:     Tim McClung

          Chief, Science Plans Branch

          Office of Science and Technology

 

Subject:  Amended: Additions, Deletions, Changes to NAM and RUC

         (RAP) BUFR Stations and Additional and Removed Stations

          in NCEP NAM Soundings Collectives on NOAAPORT:

          Effective date set for May 1, 2012.

 

Amended to set the implementation date for Tuesday May 1, 2012.  Users are cautioned that if a Critical Weather Day (CWD) designation is in effect on May 1, this implementation will be delayed until the conclusion of CWD.  You can monitor the CWD status at the following webpage:

 

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/cwd/

 

Effective on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, beginning with the 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) model distribution, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) will modify the list of stations for which BUFR data are generated for both the North American Mesoscale (NAM) and Rapid Refresh (RAP) models.  The changes will also modify the lists of stations in the North American Mesoscale (NAM) model BUFR sounding collectives disseminated on NOAAPORT.

 

For the NAM and RAP lists, the new stations are listed in Table 1 and the stations being removed are listed in Table 2. This change corresponds with the implementation of the Rapid Refresh (RAP) to replace the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC).

 

The NAM and RUC have always used the same station list, but many of the stations fall outside of the RUC domain and are not used by the model. The larger RAP domain will allow data for many more of the NAM stations to be used in the RAP output.

 

The lists below do not cover existing stations in the list that are outside of the RUC domain but inside the RAP domain. It deals only with actual changes to the list itself. Also note that the NAM nests use the same station list as the parent 12 km NAM, so any changes to the list involving locations within a particular nest impact that nest’s BUFR output as well.

 

Table 1.   New stations in the NAM and RAP BUFR lists.  The numerical and character identifications are provided:

 

000228  SWY   Spanaway WA

000229  WPT   Westport WA

000230  LUT   Near Lutsen MN

000231  PWN   Near Port Wing WI

000232  SDP   Near Sand Point AK

000233  KISO  Kinston NC

000234  KMVL  Morrisville-Stowe Apt VT

000235  KGKL  Meadville PA

000236  K48I  Sutton WV

000237  KGXA  Gray Butte Field CA

000238  EMF   El Mirage Field CA

000239  ISQ   Manistique MI

000240  P53   Munising MI

000241  K3LF  Litchfield IL

000270  CFC   Colfax Water CA

000271  MPI   Mariposa CA

000273  NXD   New Exchequer Dam CA

000274  PFD   Pine Flat Dam CA

000275  TPK   Three Peaks CA

000276  RVD   Ravensdale WA

000277  SHS   Sacramento ARO Site CA

000278  TNF   Tahoe National Forest CA

000279  STA   Shasta Dam CA

000293  CCR   Concord CA

098009  KEMP  Emporia KS

722593  KMHV  Mojave CA

724456  VIH   Rolla/Vichy Airport MO

723065  KPGV  Greenville NC

723069  KOAJ  Jacksonville NC

724580  KCNK  Concordia/Blosser KS

725116  KLNS  Lancaster PA

726134  KHIE  Whitefield NH

726385  KMBL  Manistee MI

727883  KELN  Ellensburg/Bowers WA

747900  KSSC  Shaw AFB/Sumter SC

 

Table 2. Stations being removed from the NAM and RAP BUFR lists. The numerical and character identifications are provided:

 

000620  C20   Canada/Great Lakes

000621  C21   Canada/Great Lakes

072434  STL   St. Louis MO

 

 

The following changes are being made to the station lists:

 

-Station 000020 (nr. Watertown, SD) is moved from  44.80 N, 96.70 W TO 45.80 N, 97.45 W and will now be known as (Marshall County RAWS).  The character identification is changed from WTT to MRLS.

 

-Station 727790 (KGPI) now represents Glacier Park Intl instead of Kalispell/Glacier.  There is no change to the numerical or character identification.

 

-Station 000057 (Lewis Range of Rockies, MT) is moved from 48.00 N, 113.00 W to 48.32N, 113.35 W and will now be known as Marias Pass, MT.  The character identification is changed from LRR TO MRP.

 

-Station 000617 (Northern Rockies, MT) is moved from 46.00 N, 114.00 W to 46.25 N, 114.15 W and will now be known as Hamilton MT.  The character identification is changed from C17 to HMM.

 

The changes to the BUFR station lists will result in no changes to the WMO headers of the NOAAPORT soundings collectives.  The headers listed in Table 3, below, are used today and these headers will continue to be used.  There will also be no change to the BUFR format of the products except that new stations will be included in the collectives.  The new stations as well as those being eliminated appear in Table 4, below.

 

Table 3.  WMO communication identifiers for the NAM BUFR collectives:

 

JUSA41 KWNO

JUSA42 KWNO

JUSB43 KWNO

JUSB44 KWNO

JUSB45 KWNO

JUSB46 KWNO

JUSX49 KWNO

 

 

Table 4.  Additions/deletions to NAM BUFR sounding collectives:

 

Collective 1 (JUSA41):

 

ADDED:

STATION    STATION

NUMBER     ID       STATION NAME 

000233     KISO     Kinston, NC

722235     KBFM     Mobile Downtown (ASOS), AL

723065     KPGV     Greenville, NC

723069     KOAJ     Jacksonville, NC

724456     VIH      Rolla/Vichy Airport, MO

747900     KSSC     Shaw AFB/Sumter, SC

 

DELETED:

072434  STL   St. Louis, MO

 

Note that station 722235 is already generated in NAM/RAP BUFR output.  The station had been mistakenly omitted from the collectives, and this is now corrected.

 

Collective 2 (JUSA42):

 

ADDED:

STATION    STATION

NUMBER     ID       STATION NAME

000234     KMVL     Morrisville-Stowe Apt, VT

000235     KGKL     Meadville, PA

000236     K48I     Sutton, WV

000239     ISQ      Manistique, MI

000240     P53      Munising, MI

000241     K3LF     Litchfield, IL

725116     KLNS     Lancaster, PA

726134     KHIE     Whitefield, NH

726385     KMBL     Manistee, MI

 

DELETED:

NONE

 

Collective 3 (JUSB43):

 

ADDED:

NONE

 

DELETED:

NONE

 

Collective 4 (JUSB44):

 

ADDED:

STATION    STATION

NUMBER     ID       STATION NAME

000230     LUT      Near Lutsen, MN

000231     PWN      Near Port Wing, WI

098009     KEMP     Emporia, KS

724580     KCNK     Concordia/Blosser, KS

 

DELETED

000620     C20      Canada/Great Lakes

000621     C21      Canada/Great Lakes

 

Collective 5 (JUSB45):

 

ADDED:

STATION    STATION

NUMBER     ID       STATION NAME

000237     KGXA     Gray Butte Field, CA

000238     EMF      El Mirage Field, CA

000270     CFC      Colfax Water, CA

000271     MPI      Mariposa, CA

000273     NXD      New Exchequer Dam, CA

000274     PFD      Pine Flat Dam, CA

000275     TPK      Three Peaks, CA

000277     SHS      Sacramento ARO Site, CA

000278     TNF      Tahoe National Forest, CA

000279     STA      Shasta Dam, CA

000293     CCR      Concord, CA

 

DELETED:

NONE

 

Collective 6 (JUSB46):

 

ADDED:

STATION    STATION

NUMBER     ID       STATION NAME

000228     SWY      Spanaway, WA

000229     WPT      Westport, WA

000276     RVD      Ravensdale, WA

722593     KMHV     Mojave, CA

727883     KELN     Ellensburg/Bowers, WA

 

DELETED:

NONE

 

Collective 9 (JUSX49):

 

ADDED:

STATION    STATION

NUMBER     ID       STATION NAME

000232     SDP      Near Sand Point, AK

 

DELETED:

NONE

 

 

If you have any questions concerning these changes, please

Contact:

    

     Geoff Manikin

     NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

     Camp Springs, Maryland  20746

     301-763-8000 X 7263

     geoffrey.manikin@noaa.gov

 

If you have questions about the NOAAPORT activation of these products, please contact:

 

    Brian Gockel

    NWS/Office of Science and Technology

    Silver Spring, Maryland  20910

    301-713-0304 X 158

    brian.gockel@noaa.gov

 

This and other NWS technical implementation notices are available online at:

 

     http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/notif.htm

 

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