The Weather Coder :
Web Xmitted Cooperative Observer Data Encoded Report
What is WxCoder?
WxCoder is a web-based date entry system that allows climate observers in the NOAA’s National Weather Service Cooperative Network program to enter daily observations for near real-time reporting and for official entry into NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). This is done through the use of an internet-ready computer with web browser capability (e.g., Netscape, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Firefox, etc.). The web browser displays the entry system on the computer screen and allows you to enter your observations.
The WxCoder system is national in scope and available to everyone in the Cooperative Network. It functions in parallel with IV-ROCS, the telephone entry system for Cooperative observers. With WxCoder, the volunteer observer can enter weather observations, view and edit old observations, graph daily climate trends, and officially submit observations into the NOAA archive at NCDC.
|One of the most important sources of weather data to the National
Weather Service is provided by the dedicated observers we call COOP's,
or Cooperative Observers. These individuals record temperatures and
precipitation data on a daily basis and relay the data to the National
Weather Service office in Springfield using various means, from
computers to programmable phones, ROSA pads, and telephone. Other
data, such as lake elevations, wire weight readings, and evaporation
data is provided as well.
Large quantities of accurate data are required to produce a forecast
that is representative across the southwest portion of the state, where
topography plays a very important role in the decision making of a good
forecast. The more data we receive, the better forecast.
To make the relaying of this data to the National Weather Service
offices easier, the Weather Forecast office in Chicago has designed a
program called WXCODER, or Web Xmitted Cooperative Data Encoded
Report. The program, which is supported by the Central Region
Headquarters in Kansas City, will be made available for use by all
Cooperative Observers throughout the midsection of the country.
To utilize this program, all that is required is a computer with
Internet access. If you are a Cooperative Observer, and wish to use
this program, call your National Weather Service Office in Goodland,
KS. Instructions for use will be provided by your Cooperative Program
If you are interested in the Cooperative Observation Program,
Please contact us at 785-899-7119 or Send us an E-Mail!
|Click Here for Instructions on How To Use WXCODER!