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Dataset

 
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NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility: Surface precipitation data from the Vaisala WXT510 instrument, Capel Dewi site, Wales (2007-2015)

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2012-09-28
DOI Publication Date: 2017-08-25
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Abstract

Surface precipitation measurements from the precipitation sensor on the Vaisala WXT510 instrument deployed at the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility, Capel Dewi, near Aberystwyth in West Wales.

These data are available to any registered CEDA user under the UK Open Government Licence.

Surface pressure, temperature and humidity data (PTU) from this instrument are also available as a separate dataset within the MST Radar Facility dataset collection.

The WXT-510 instrument at the site began operational recording in December 2007 and ceased in January 2015, subsequently being replaced by a Vaisala WXT-520 instrument. The WXT520 data are also available from CEDA as part of the MST Radar Facility's dataset collection.

Independent surface meteorological data are also collected from a suite of instruments by a Campbell Scientific CR10 Climate Data Logger. These data are available as a separate dataset within the MST Radar Facility dataset collection.

Citable as:  Natural Environment Research Council Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere Radar Facility at Aberystwyth; Hooper, D.A. (2017): NERC Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (MST) Radar Facility: Surface precipitation data from the Vaisala WXT510 instrument, Capel Dewi site, Wales (2007-2015). NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, 25 August 2017. doi:10.5285/62b7c0a31297c5a0fe115083eb8036c6. http://dx.doi.org/10.5285/62b7c0a31297c5a0fe115083eb8036c6
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: MST, precipitation, surface meteorology

Details

Previous Info:
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Previously used record identifiers:
http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/view/badc.nerc.ac.uk__ATOM__ACTIVITY_618df326-0978-11e2-9c62-00163e251233
Access rules:
Access to these data is available to any registered CEDA user. Please Login or Register for an account to gain access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/. When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data were acquired by the MST radar facility and sent to the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) within an hour of acquisition. Data were then immediately ingested into the BADC archives.

Data Quality:
The MST radar data quality is described by D. A. Hooper, J. Nash, T. Oakley, and M. Turp. Validation of a new signal processing scheme for the MST radar at Aberystwyth. Ann. Geophys., 26(11):3253-3268, 2008. (available from here http://www.ann-geophys.net/26/3253/2008/angeo-26-3253-2008.html)
File Format:
Data are in Climate and Forecast conventions (CF) compliant netCDF files.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
Output Description None
  • units: hits cm-2
  • long_name: accumulation of hail since last since last non-zero measurement
  • var_id: hail_accumulation
  • names: accumulation of hail since last since last non-zero measurement
  • standard_name: thickness_of_rainfall_amount
  • long_name: accumulation of rain since the last non-zero measurement
  • var_id: rainfall_accumulation
  • units: mm
  • names: thickness_of_rainfall_amount, accumulation of rain since the last non-zero measurement
  • units: m
  • standard_name: altitude
  • var_id: altitude
  • long_name: instrument altitude above mean sea level
  • names: altitude, instrument altitude above mean sea level
  • units: m
  • long_name: instrument height above the ground
  • var_id: height
  • standard_name: height
  • names: height, instrument height above the ground
  • var_id: hail_rate
  • units: hits cm-2 hour-1
  • long_name: mean hail rate over the preceding 60 s
  • standard_name: precipitation_rate
  • names: mean hail rate over the preceding 60 s, precipitation_rate
  • standard_name: rainfall_rate
  • units: mm hour-1
  • long_name: mean rainfall rate over the preceding 60 s
  • var_id: rainfall_rate
  • names: rainfall_rate, mean rainfall rate over the preceding 60 s

Co-ordinate Variables

  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • long_name: instrument latitude
  • units: degrees_north
  • names: latitude, instrument latitude
  • long_name: instrument longitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • names: longitude, instrument longitude
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • names: time
Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
2007-12-21T00:00:00
End time:
2015-01-06T23:59:59
Geographic Extent

 
52.4245°
 
-4.0055°
 
-4.0055°
 
52.4245°