Data Format Descriptions
Radar Hourly RASS Files Produced By POP [v4.1]
FILE NAMING CONVENTION:
SSSYYJJJ.HHt where SSS = SiteID YY = Year JJJ = Julian Day HH = Hour Date and time are in UTC and represent the start time of the average.
Line 1: BLANK LINE Line 2: " SSS" "additional info. (optional)" where SSS = 3 letter station ID Line 3: " RASS rev 4.1" (rev number will change if file format changes) Line 4: [for station] latitude (N); longitude (W); elevation (m) Line 5: date; begin time of consensus; UT offset (minutes) [format " yy mm dd hh mm ss ut_offset"] Line 6: consensus averaging time (minutes); number of beams; number of range gates Line 7: [format "num:tot (window) "] number of records required to make consensus (num) total number of records (tot) the consensus window size (m/s) Line 8: number of coherant integrations number of spectral averages pulse width (ns) inner pulse period (ms) Line 9: full-scale Doppler value (m/s) delay to first gate (ns) number of gates spacing of gates Line 10: azimuth; elevation (degrees) (if elevation > 90 then it is in degrees*100) Line 11: Labels for columns of data that follow Line 12: Start of data [A LINE FOR EACH RANGE GATE, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING] Height above ground (km) Uncorrected RASS temperature consensus (deg C) Corrected RASS temperature consensus Vertical wind consensus (w-component, positive upward, m/s) Number of records that made consensus (for the 3 values in same order) Average SNR (dB) of records in consensus (in same order)