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Southern Great Plains 1997 (SGP97) Model: MAPS Model Location Time Series (MOLTS) Derived Soundings

The MAPS Model Location Time Series (MOLTS) is one of the model output datasets provided in the Southern Great Plains - 1997 (SGP97). The full MAPS MOLTS dataset covers most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains (283 locations). MOLTS are hourly time series output at selected locations that contain values for various surface parameters and ‘sounding' profiles at MAPS model levels and are derived from the MAPS model output. The MOLTS output files were converted into Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) Quality Control Format (QCF), the same format used for atmospheric rawinsonde soundings processed by JOSS. The MOLTS output provided by JOSS online includes only the initial analysis output (i.e. no forecast MOLTS) and only state parameters (pressure, altitude, temperature, humidity, and wind). The full output, including the forecast MOLTS and all output parameters, in its original format (Binary Universal Form for the Representation of meteorological data, or BUFR) is available from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/Scientific Computing Division. The Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) operates the MAPS model with a resolution of 40 km and 40 vertical levels. The MAPS analysis and forecast fields are generated every 3 hours at 0000, 0300, 0600, 0900, 1200, 1500, 1800, and 2100 UTC daily. MOLTS are hourly vertical profile and surface time series derived from the MAPS model output. The complete MOLTS output includes six informational items, 16 parameters for each level and 27 parameters at the surface. Output are available each hour beginning at the initial analysis (the only output available from JOSS) and ending at the 48 hour forecast. JOSS converts the raw format files into JOSS QCF format which is the same format used for atmospheric sounding data such as National Weather Service (NWS) soundings. JOSS calculated the total wind speed and direction from the u and v wind components. JOSS calculated the mixing ratio from the specific humidity (Pruppacher and Klett 1980) and the dew point from the mixing ratio (Wallace and Hobbs 1977). Then the relative humidity was calculated from the dew point (Bolton 1980). JOSS did not conduct any quality control on this output. The header records (15 total records) contain output type, project ID, the location of the nearest station to the MOLTS location (this can be a rawinsonde station, an Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM)/Cloud and Radiation Testbed (CART) station, a wind profiler station, a surface station, or just the nearest town), the location of the MOLTS output, and the valid time for the MOLTS output. The five header lines contain information identifying the sounding, and have a rigidly defined form. The following 6 header lines are used for auxiliary information and comments about the sounding, and they vary significantly from dataset to dataset. The last 3 header records contain header information for the data columns. Line 13 holds the field names, line 14 the field units, and line 15 contains dashes ('-' characters) delineating the extent of the field.

FieldValue
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Modified
2019-08-05
Release Date
2018-04-10
Identifier
2ad09880-6439-440c-9829-c4653ec12a4f
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-140 60, -55 60, -55 20, -140 20))
Temporal Coverage
June 19, 1997 to July 31, 1997
License
U.S. Public Domain
Contact Name
Jackson, Thomas
Contact Email
Public Access Level
Public
Program Code
005:040 - Department of Agriculture - National Research
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
Source ID
2ad09880-6439-440c-9829-c4653ec12a4f
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Last Harvest PerformedTue, 04/10/2018 - 13:22

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