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Header Structure

All NOAAPORT products have an identifying two-line header. The product headers can tell you:

  • What kind of product it is
  • Who created the product (what country)
  • When the product was created (time in UTC)
  • What geographic area the product covers
  • How long the product is valid
  • Where the product is distributed (global, regional, etc.)

The product header protocols are described in the NWSTG and NESDIS to AWIPS Interface Control Document extracts. A list of current Remapped AWIPS Satellite Products and their associated headers are available.

The two line product header takes the generic form shown below:

T1T2A1A2ii (sp) CCCC (sp) YYGGgg [(sp)BBB] (cr) (cr) (lf)

NNNxxx (cr) (cr) (lf)

The first line is a WMO abbreviated header as defined in WMO Manual 386 , Manual on the Global Telecommunications System.

The second line is an AFOS/AWIPS identifier defined in Communications Identifier Policy for: Operational NWS Communication Networks and Systems, January 1995, NWS Office of Systems Operations/Systems Integration Division. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services


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