ESRL Global Systems Division

Data Available from More Cooperative Agency Profilers

The NOAA Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL), in cooperation with its partners, announces the availability of data from four operational Cooperative Agency Profilers (CAPs). These non-NOAA profilers provide measurements of wind speed and wind direction in the lower troposphere. The new stations are located at Glacial Ridge, MN (operated by the University of North Dakota); Cocodrie, LA (operated by Minerals Management Systems/Louisiana University Marine Consortium); Rocky Mountain Arsenal, CO (operated by the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory or ETL); and Lubbock, TX (operated by West Texas Tech University). Two other sites have been reactivated, at Grass Valley, CA and at Point Piedgras Blancas, CA (both operated by NOAA ETL). The tremendous increase in the number of non-NOAA weather stations, such as CAP, operating across the United States over the last several years reflects the need of many organizations for frequent, densely spaced, real-time surface observations. These datasets aid in energy and transportation planning, emergency and fire management, agricultural monitoring, and meteorological research and education. FSL has developed the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) to integrate CAP and other disparate surface weather networks, quality control the data, and provide real-time access to federal, state, academic, and commercial organizations. CAP data are distributed to the National Weather Service; National Centers for Environmental Prediction; National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service; the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research; and many other organizations. For more information on the CAP sites, visit the CAP Web site.

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Name: Alan E Pihlak
Tel: 303-497-6022