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NOAA-DHA: Long-term NOAA Dropsonde Hurricane Archive


Dropsonde data is primarily used in studying and helping predict the path and intensity of hurricanes. The data in this archive are a compilation of 17 years (1996-2012) of high resolution dropsonde data collected by NOAA’s National Hurricane Center and Hurricane Research Division. In the future, subject to the availability of support, this data archive will be expanded to include quality controlled dropsonde data from NCAR’s Earth Observing Laboratory, the United States Air Force, NASA and other agencies. The raw data were reformatted to the same format and have undergone consistent quality-control in order to produce a high-quality, long-term dropsonde climatology that may be used by researchers for various scientific applications. The number of storms and soundings in each year is summarized in the readme documentation.

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Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2017-03-02)
  • 2.0 (2017-03-02):

    This version is to match the documentation included with the dataset, i.e. this is version 2.0 in the document. This dataset was not released on CODIAC prior to now. This version added radius, azimuth and vertical velocity to the original version.

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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 1996-08-01 00:00:00
End datetime 2012-10-31 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 50.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 5.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -160.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -35.00

Primary point of contact information

EOL Data Support <>

Additional contact information


UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. 2017. NOAA-DHA: Long-term NOAA Dropsonde Hurricane Archive. Version 2.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 22 Jul 2024.

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