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Active Weather Pattern Continues for the Northwestern U.S.

A series of Pacific storm systems will bring periods of locally heavy rain, gusty winds, and mountain snow to portions of Washington and Oregon for the next couple days. In addition, much of the northwestern U.S. and Intermountain West will experience strong winds from these storm systems, particularly in Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, and the northern Rockies/High Plains. 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.