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Global BUFR Data Stream: Upper Air Reports from the National Weather Service Telecommunications Gateway (NWS TG)

Metadata Updated: October 1, 2021

These are raw radiosonde and pilot balloon observations taken from various locations at various times around the globe transmitted through the National Weather Service Telecommunications Gateway (NWSTG) in a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Binary Universal Form for the Representation of meteorological data (BUFR) format beginning in May 2017. Variables include Temperature, humidity, Wind direction and speed, pressure, height, elapsed time and position displacement since launch, and some metadata. Vertical and temporal resolution varies.

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License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Date August 27, 2021
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date October 1, 2021
Reference Date(s) March 1, 2017 (publication)
Frequency Of Update daily

Metadata Source

Harvested from ncdc

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Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date August 27, 2021
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date October 1, 2021
Reference Date(s) March 1, 2017 (publication)
Responsible Party DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.ncdc:C01500
Access Constraints Cite this dataset when used as a source., Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long 180.0
Bbox North Lat 83.0
Bbox South Lat -90.0
Bbox West Long -180.0
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update daily
Graphic Preview Description NOAA Data
Graphic Preview File
Graphic Preview Type JPEG
Harvest Object Id 26579caf-89f5-41e7-ae65-9e9ca95318c1
Harvest Source Id 2cb3ef77-1683-4c2a-9119-dc65e50917c6
Harvest Source Title ncdc
Licence The quality and completeness of observations varies over time and in space.
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[-180.0, -90.0], [180.0, -90.0], [180.0, 83.0], [-180.0, 83.0], [-180.0, -90.0]]]}
Progress onGoing
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2017-03-01

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