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Wintry Start to April from the Northern Rockies to the Northern Plains; Intense Storm Off the East Coast

Heavy snow and below normal temperatures will continue to shift across the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains behind a cold front through Friday. Ahead of the front, a wintry mix including some freezing rain is forecast to develop across the eastern Dakotas into the Upper Midwest by Thursday. A strong storm off the Mid-Atlantic coast is producing hurricane-force winds and dangerous seas today. Read More >

Upper-air Observations Program

The National Weather Service (NWS) Upper-air Observations Program is managed by the Office of Observations (OBS), which is part of NWS Headquarters located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Upper-air Program staff oversee the operation of 92 Radiosonde stations in North America and the Pacific Islands. It also supports the operation of 10 stations in the Caribbean. Radiosondes provide upper-air data that are essential for weather forecasts and research. OBS staff are also involved in the development, testing and implementation of new radiosonde ground systems.

 

Related Links


Fact Sheet - Information on radiosondes.

Network Maps - Maps showing station locations..

Special Studies  - NWS HQ radiosonde data studies.

Background - History of upper-air observations.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions.

NCEI - NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information. Official source for archives of NWS upper air soundings.

NWSM 10 1401 Rawinsonde Observations Handbook - This manual provides instructions on how to take an upper air observation with NWS equipment.

Revision to Appendix K, Station Safety  This revision to Appendix K replaces the version in NWSM 10-1401 Rawinsonde Observations shown above.