85th AMS Annual Meeting

Thursday, 13 January 2005: 2:30 PM
Testing Radiosonde Replacement System (RRS) Radiosondes—Part 1
James Fitzgibbon, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and J. Facundo
Poster PDF (352.1 kB)
Abstract: The National Weather Service (NWS) is developing the Radiosonde Replacement System (RRS) to replace its antiquated Micro-ART system, which has been in operation since the late 1980s. Before the new RRS is fielded, NWS is conducting a series of tests to understand the characteristics of the measurements used by operational and research staff. Some of the techniques to be discussed will be use of the GPS-Integrated Precipitable Water sensor developed by the Forecast Systems Laboratory of NOAA, functional comparisons with reference radiosondes produced by NASA, and the use of the RAOB© program, produced by Environmental Research Services, for analyzing and comparing meteorological parameters. Examples of the types of data acquired during each of these tests will be shown.

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