12th Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation


Technique for verifying radiosonde solar radiation correction algorithm

James Fitzgibbons, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; and J. Facundo

The National Weather Service (NWS) has developed a technique for verifying the algorithm used with radiosondes for applying radiation corrections to temperature measurements. Both solar and infra-red corrections are applied to temperature measurements, but the solar correction has the greatest effect, especially in the stratosphere. However, the algorithm within either government-furnished or vendor-furnished software must be validated to ensure the corrections are being applied properly as a function of time of day, latitude, and solar angle. This paper will delineate the technique used by the NWS to validate the solar radiation correction.

The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Weather Service.

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Session 8, Radiosonde Upper-Air Measurements
Tuesday, 11 February 2003, 3:30 PM-4:45 PM

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