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Met Office Watnall station high resolution radiosonde data

Update Frequency: As Needed
Latest Data Update: 2019-12-04
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2007-03-19
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 12.84K Files | 2GB

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Met Office high resolution (2 second) radiosonde data from the Watnall station from 2000 to 2013. The data consist of vertical profiles of pressure, temperature, relative humidity, humidity mixing ratio, sonde position, wind speed and wind direction. Measurements are taken at 2 second intervals and the ascents extend to heights of approximately 20-30 km.

Citable as:  Met Office (2007): Met Office Watnall station high resolution radiosonde data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, radiosonde


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Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data are collected by the stations carrying out the radiosonde ascents and then transmitted back to the Met Office headquarters in Exeter. The ascent files are then delivered to the BADC for ingesting into the archive approximately 1 month in arrears.

Data Quality:
Data are from operational radiosondes stations, but are not quality checked. Therefore care should be taken to ensure that ascents are not affected by icing etc.
File Format:
Data are Vaisala PC-CORA binary formatted. Refer to linked software to read these data.

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Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.

Instrument/Platform pairings

Radiosonde Deployed on: Met Office Nottingham Watnall site, UK
Output Description


  • long_name: Air Temperature
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Air Temperature
  • names: Air Temperature,
  • long_name: Geopotential Height
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Geopotential Height
  • names: Geopotential Height,
  • long_name: Height
  • names: Height
  • long_name: Height From Radar Data
  • names: Height From Radar Data
  • long_name: Height From Sonde Data
  • names: Height From Sonde Data
  • long_name: Humidity
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • names:, EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • long_name: Humidity Mixing Ratio
  • names: Humidity Mixing Ratio
  • long_name: Relative Humidity
  • names: Relative Humidity
  • long_name: Slant Range Of Sonde
  • names: Slant Range Of Sonde
  • long_name: Upper Level Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Upper Level Winds
  • names:, Upper Level Winds
  • long_name: Vertical Profile Of Air Temperature
  • names: Vertical Profile Of Air Temperature
  • long_name: Wind Direction
  • names: Wind Direction
  • long_name: Windspeed
  • names: Windspeed

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