TITLE: Mesonet GTS Surface Hourly Observations [JOSS]


Steve Williams
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder CO 80307-3000
email: sfw@ucar.edu
phone: 303-497-8987

1.0  General Description

The GTS Surface Hourly Observation Data is one of several surface
data sets collected by the University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research/Joint Office for Science Support (UCAR/JOSS) as part of 
the BAMEX project.  Included in the data set are the global 
hourly (and special) surface observations.  These data are 
contained in daily files which are in GEMPAK format.  It may not 
contain data which was removed from the US GTS feed.  The data 
cover the period from 20 May to 07 July 2003.  The data were 
acquired via the UNIDATA Local Data Manager (LDM). 

2.0  Data and Format Information

2.1  GEMPAK Format

GEMPAK, the GEneral Meteorology PAcKage, is a suite of 
applications programs, libraries, graphic routines, and device 
drivers for the decoding, analysis, display and diagnosis of 
geo-referenced and meteorological data. GEMPAK provides a 
comprehensive set of meteorological parameter calculations for 
surface, upper-air, gridded, and remotely sensed data. 

GEMPAK was originally developed by the Severe Storms Laboratory 
at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA starting in the early 
1980's. GEMPAK is currently being developed within the National
Weather Service (NWS) by the National Centers for Environmental
Prediction (NCEP). 

For information on GEMPAK see:


3.0  Quality Control Procedures

     UCAR/JOSS conducted no quality checks on these data.

4.0  File Naming Convention


sa is the data type hourly sao
yyyy is the four digit year
mm is the two digit month
dd is the two digit day (UTC)

5.0  References