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Purdue University Portable In Situ Precipitation Stations (PIPS) Data


This data set contains drop size distribution and surface meteorological data from the Purdue University Portable In Situ Precipitation Stations (PIPS) that were deployed at locations around northern Alabama and southern Tennessee during the VORTEX-SE 2017 field season. Each of the PIPS has a OTT Parsivel2 laser disdrometer and a surface meteorological station. The drop size distribution data are at 10 second intervals and the surface meteorological data are at 1 second intervals. The data were collected during VORTEX-SE 2017 IOPs and one PIPS was run continuously next to the University of Massachusetts FMCW radar. The data are in a comma-delimited ASCII format.

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Data Quality final
  • 0.1 (2017-10-24)
  • 1.0 (2020-03-10)
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Spatial Type point
Frequency 1 second
Language English
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2017-03-01 00:00:00
End datetime 2017-05-08 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 36.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 33.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -88.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -86.00

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Example citation following ESIP guidelines:

Dawson, D., Biggerstaff, M., Waugh, S. 2020. Purdue University Portable In Situ Precipitation Stations (PIPS) Data. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 07 Aug 2020.

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