CWOP Weather Stations Provide Data on Hurricane Charley
NOAA scientists are studying many data observations taken as Hurricane Charley slammed Florida August 13 and 14. The Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) supplied important surface weather data from several stations located around Florida. Along with other available data, FSL researchers are reviewing CWOP data images and maps showing observations that were taken over Orlando shortly after midnight on August 14. This information shows radar images and historical data of maximum sustained wind, rain, temperature, and humidity. Note particularly the barometric pressure drops, indicating hurricane passage, and the rain rate variation as different bands of the hurricane sweep past the two CWOP station locations. Data from the CWOP stations flow into the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) at FSL, where they are checked for quality and then distributed to users, including National Weather Service Forecast Offices. NOAA depends on active local partners such as CWOP as well as state, regional, and international data providers to help improve weather warnings and forecasts.