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Excessive Heat Spreads East; Many Areas with Heavy Rain Threats

Hot and muggy conditions are forecast to continue across the Midwest and Northeast, while spreading eastward. A frontal boundary bringing very heavy rains to the Upper Midwest will sag southward bringing cooler temperatures to areas to the north, including the city of Chicago. Heavy rains will also be possible along the Texas Gulf Coast from a tropical disturbance. 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.