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Technical Implementation Notice 13-35

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

145 PM EDT Tue Oct 29 2013


To:†††††† Subscribers:

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From:†††† Tim McClung

††††††††† Chief, Science Plans Branch

††††††††† Office of Science and Technology


Subject:Additions and Changes to the NAM and RAP BUFR

††††††††† Soundings Effective December 17, 2013


Effective on or about Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 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 Binary Universal Form for the

Representation (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 NAM model

BUFR sounding collectives disseminated on NOAAPORT.


The new stations are listed in Table 1. The stations being

changed are listed in Table 2. No stations are being

removed.This set of changes to the NAM and RAP will correspond

with the implementation of version 2 of the RAP, currently

scheduled for December 17.

The high-resolution 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 nestís BUFR output as well.

In this implementation, all of the modified sites are in the

CONUS nest output. All of the new stations are in the CONUS nest

output, except for station 000367 that will appear in the Puerto

Rico nest output.


The changes to the BUFR station lists will result in no changes

to the WMO headers of the NOAAPORT NAM soundings collectives. The

headers listed in Table 3 are the current headers and NCEP will

continue to use them. 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 appear in Table 4.


The Short-Range Ensemble Forecast system (SREF) station list will

be updated in early 2014.The changes to that list will be

detailed in an upcoming SREF TIN.


Table 1:New stations in the NAM and RAP BUFR lists. Numerical

and character identifications are provided:


000345KPNA††† Pinedale WY

000346WLM†††† William CA

000347BNY†††† Burney CA

000348SON†††† Sonora CA

000349YSV†††† Yosemite Valley CA

000350LSY†††† Lindsay CA

000351JHN†††† Johnsonville CA

000352FZP†††† Frazier Park CA

000353COA†††† Coalinga CA

000354TBM†††† Table Mountain CA

000355KPSF††† Pittsfield MA

000356KUNI††† Athens/Albany OH

000357K36U††† Heber Valley Municipal Apt UT

000358B40†††† YumaAZ

000359B41†††† Ft HuachucaAZ

000360B42†††† Deming†† NM

000361B43†††† MarfaTX

000362B44†††† Eagle PassTX

000363B45†††† Rio Grande CityTX

000364B46†††† Matagorda†† TX

000365B47†††† Morgan CityLA

000366B48†††† Cudjoe KeyFL

000367B49†††† LajasPR

723066KGSB††† Seymour-Johnson AFB NC

724397KBMI††† Bloomington/Normal IL

725490KFOD††† Fort Dodge IA

725635KAIA††† Alliance NE

726710KBPI††† Big Piney CA


Table 2:Changes to existing sites being made to the NAM and RAP

BUFR lists. The numerical and character identifications are



-Station 000037 (near Carroll, IA) will moved from 42.00 N,

95.00 W to 42.04 N, 94.79 W and will now be known as Carroll,

IA. This puts the BUFR point at the local airport instead of the

current rural location.


-Station 000050 (near Albia, IA) will move from 40.90 N, 92.8 W

to 42.11 N, 92.92 W and will now be known as Marshalltown, IA.

The character identifier will change from AIA to MAR.


-Station 000080 (Redding, IA) will moved from 40.69 N, 94.47 W to

41.02 N, 94.36 W and will be known as Creston, IA.The

character identifier will changed from RDD to CSQ.


- Station 724754 (Saint George AWOS, UT) will move from 37.08 N,

113.6 W to 37.04N, 113.5W to match the new location of the



Table 3:WMO communication identifiers for the NAM BUFR













Table 4:Additions to NAM BUFR sounding collectives:


Collective 1 (JUSA41):



NUMBER†††††††† ID†††††††† NAME

000366†††††††† B48††††† Cudjoe Key FL

000367†††††††† B49††††† Lajas PR

723066†††††††† KGSB†††† Seymour-Johnson AFB NC

Collective 2 (JUSA42):


NUMBER†††††††† ID†††††††† NAME

000355†††††††† KPSF†††† Pittsfield MA

000356†††††††† KUNI†††† Athens/Albany OH

724397†††††††† KBMI†††† Bloomington/Normal IL



Collective 3 (JUSB43):


NUMBER†††††††† ID†††††††† NAME

000360†††††††† B42††††† Deming NM

000361†††††††† B43††††† Marfa TX

000363†††††††† B45††††† Rio Grande City TX

000364†††††††† B46††††† Matagorda†† TX

000365†††††††† B47††††† Morgan City LA



Collective 4 (JUSB44):


NUMBER†††††††† ID†††††††† NAME

725490†††††††† KFOD†††† Fort Dodge IA

725635†††††††† KAIA†††† Alliance NE



Collective 5 (JUSB45):




NUMBER†††††††† ID†††††††† NAME

000346†††††††† WLM††††† William CA

000347†††††††† BNY††††† Burney CA

000348†††††††† SON††††† Sonora CA

000349†††††††† YSV††††† Yosemite Valley CA

000350†††††††† LSY††††† Lindsay CA

000351†††††††† JHN††††† Johnsonville CA

000352†††††††† FZP††††† Frazier Park CA

000353†††††††† COA††††† Coalinga CA

000354†††††††† TBM††††† Table Mountain CA

000357†††††††† K36U†††† Heber Valley Municipal Apt UT

000358†††††††† B40††††† YumaAZ

000359†††††††† B41††††† Ft HuachucaAZ

000362†††††††† B44††††† Eagle PassTX


Collective 6 (JUSB46):


NUMBER†††††††† ID†††††††† NAME

000345†††††††† KPNA†††† Pinedale WY

726710†††† ††††KBPI†††† Big Piney CA


There are no changes to collectives 7 or 9; 8 does not exist.


For questions concerning these changes, please contact:


††† Geoff Manikin

††† NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center

††† College Park, Maryland20746

††† 301-683-3695



For questions about the NOAAPORT activation of these products,



†† Brian Gockel

†† NWS/Office of Science and Technology

†† Silver Spring, Maryland20910

†† 301-713-0304 X 158



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