CWOP Information for N3DXC (AP167) in Commodore, PA US

The following information is known about N3DXC. If you think that any information is incorrect, then please follow the instructions for correcting that data item.

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Registered Location

Latitude: 40° 44' 1" N (deg min sec), 40.7335° (decimal), 4044.01N (LORAN)
Longitude: 78° 55' 2" W (deg min sec), -78.9172° (decimal), 07855.03W (LORAN)
Elevation: 522 metres (1714 feet) -- validated against 507 metres (1663 feet) from NED Contiguous U. S. 1/3E arc second elevation data
Location: Commodore, PA US
County: Indiana, PA
Forecast Office: Pittsburgh (PBZ)
Weather station Manager/Operator: Brad
Website: http://www.aprs.serveftp.net:238/

The site location should be at the mark shown -- or very close. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'N3DXC' marker) will display the latitude/longitude of that point.

If the displayed location (or elevation) of the weather observing location is incorrect, please drag the marker to the right location (or click in the right location), and then send the updated information. Please note that we are trying to spot either the Stevenson Screen (or equivalent) or the location where the barometric readings are taken.

NOTE: The Registered Location is the location that the station owner provided when they signed up with CWOP.

There are no photographs of the station. If you are the site operator and have pictures of this location, then please upload them to Flickr (detailed instructions) and add the two tags 'wxtagged' and 'wx:cwop=ap167'. If the picture is of the weather station itself, then please also add the 'wx:station' tag as well.

You can try to find photographs from the area surrounding the site marker by clicking on Find nearby photographs.

Data Status

Data has been seen on each of the last 26 analyzed days.

The last 24 hours of weather data can be viewed at Findu. This page also provides access to the raw APRS packets and various other APRS related tools.

Recent observations from this weather station can be downloaded as a CSV file suitable for importing into various spreadsheet programs: last 7 days, last 14 days, last 28 days, last 56 days. This data can also be linked directly from Excel using a Web Query. The main link goes to the page with the data on it, and the IQY link is the Web Query that will access it: last 7 days (IQY: last 7 days), last 14 days (IQY: last 14 days), last 28 days (IQY: last 28 days), last 56 days (IQY: last 56 days).

All the means and standard deviations shown below are from the last 28 days. Change analysis period to Last 3 days  Last 7 days  Last 14 days  Last 8 weeks  Last 13 weeks  Last 26 weeks  Last 39 weeks  Last 52 weeks  

By default, the longer analysis periods display graphs that show the long term performance of this station. The graphs show the mean error over time, and include error bars which are one standard deviation long. This provides an easy way to see if there are any underlying trends in the data. Note that a 'step' in your data does not (necessarily) mean that something happened to your station. It could mean that another station came online in the local area, and they are changing the analysis.

The analysis is performed by MADIS. This web page just provides visualization of the data that MADIS produces. There are a number of very knowledgeable people who participate on the WXQC Mailing List who do understand exactly how MADIS works and can resolve issues when the analysis seems to be broken. However, in most cases, the station readings are at fault, or the software that is transmitting the data to CWOP. Please check those paths first.

You can also see how this station compares with other stations.

A recently received weather report from this station was

Barometer

Average barometer error: 1.9 milliBars
Error standard deviation: 1.0 milliBars
Worst daily average barometer error: 3.3 milliBars

 
MADIS
rating
MADIS rating 46% QC OK
Sensor fails following checks:
L2 Statistical Spatial Consistency
L3 Spatial Consistency
 

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

These values are within range, so your sensor is probably calibrated correctly.

It appears that your barometer is 'stuck' -- i.e. it reports the same value for extended periods of time. You should check that your barometer is still working and is connected correctly. If you do not have a barometer, then please check your software and adjust it so that it does not report barometer values.

Temperature

  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average temperature error0.5 °F0.3 °F0.9 °F
Error standard deviation1.7 °F1.9 °F1.3 °F

NOTE: If the error above is POSITIVE, then it means that the analysis temperature is HIGHER than the reported temperature. This means that your sensor is reading COLDER than expected.

 
 
MADIS
rating
MADIS rating 99% QC OK
 

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

These values are within the acceptable range. This probably means that your sensor is sited correctly and is calibrated correctly.

Dewpoint -- or switch to Relative Humidity

  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average dewpoint error-1.7 °F-2.1 °F-1.1 °F
Error standard deviation1.6 °F1.7 °F1.2 °F

NOTE: If the error above is POSITIVE, then it means that the analysis temperature is HIGHER than the reported temperature. This means that your sensor is reading COLDER than expected.

 
 
MADIS
rating
MADIS rating 99% QC OK
 

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

These values are within the acceptable range. This probably means that your sensor is sited correctly and is calibrated correctly.

Wind Vector

The wind vector is the average wind over the relevant period. Note that if the wind blows North for half the time at 2 knots, and then blows South for the other half of the time at 2 knots, then the result is zero -- i.e. North wind and South wind will cancel out. Over time, the direction of the wind and of the analysis should match pretty well. If the lengths of the vector are different, then it could mean either that your anemometer reads high or low, or that you are in a more shielded or more open space.
MADIS
rating
MADIS rating 100% QC OK
TodayLast 7 days
Wind vector chartWind vector chart for last 7 days

Neighboring Stations

This is a list of stations that are close to this station. Note that this is not the list of stations that are used in the data analysis. That list of stations is known only to MADIS. You can see all the stations at MADIS Data Display. Your station should be in the middle of the display. If you think that the analysis is incorrect, then maybe one of the close stations has failed.

You can look at those for comparison purposes. The average difference between your station and each station below is listed as well. This may allow you to detect local stations which are erroneous. You can also use these numbers to adjust your instruments -- especially if a number of ASOS stations have similar differences to your station. Also, try increasing the analysis period to more than the default 28 days. The difference is only given if both stations report reasonably often during each day. Some stations only report every 6 hours, and this makes the average of less interest. In this case, the average is not displayed. The values reported are the differences between this station and the neighboring station. I.e. if the difference is positive, then this station is reading higher than the neighboring station.

You can also subscribe to an RSS feed to tell you when new stations come online in this area. Choose either within 100 miles or 250 miles . For stations covered by your Forecast Office: Pittsburgh (PBZ) .

SiteDistanceLocationBarometerTemperatureDewpoint
KIDI12.1 milesSouthwest Indiana / Stewart Field, PA, United States (lat 40.6322°, long -79.1055°, altitude 429 metres) -3.0mb-0.1°F3.1°F
DW333115.1 milesNorth Punxsutawney, PA US (lat 40.9447°, long -78.9905°, altitude 388 metres) -2.5mb1.5°F1.3°F
DW945319.3 milesSouthwest Indiana, PA US (lat 40.5801°, long -79.2233°, altitude 364 metres) -1.1mb1.5°F0.1°F
EW031024.0 milesSouth Mineral Point, PA US (lat 40.3988°, long -78.7963°, altitude 693 metres) -2.6mb-2.5°F2.5°F
KJST29.2 milesSouth JOHNSTOWN-CAMBRIA CO AIRPORT , PA, United States (lat 40.3161°, long -78.8339°, altitude 696 metres) -3.2mb-2.3°F5.0°F
KDUJ30.8 milesNorth DU BOIS-JEFFERSON COUNTY, PA, United States (lat 41.1783°, long -78.8987°, altitude 554 metres) -2.0mb-0.6°F2.9°F
KFIG34.2 milesNortheast CLEARFIELD-LAWRENCE AIRPORT, PA, United States (lat 41.0467°, long -78.4117°, altitude 462 metres) -2.3mb2.6°F3.0°F
DW677534.7 milesEast Tyrone, PA US (lat 40.6803°, long -78.2599°, altitude 347 metres) -1.7mb2.2°F0.4°F
EW039135.4 milesSouthwest Latrobe, PA US (lat 40.3252°, long -79.3232°, altitude 363 metres) -0.1mb0.0°F0.3°F
AA3JL37.6 milesSouthwest Latrobe, PA US (lat 40.3127°, long -79.3703°, altitude 335 metres) -0.2mb-0.6°F0.1°F

The sites marked above thus did not report continuously during the analysis period, so the offsets may (probably will) not be accurate.

Quality Control Notes

This page reports on the quality control checks performed by MADIS. The green check mark and red cross are chosen based on the average performance during the analysis period (which is selectable above). The red cross can appear even if MADIS reports that all observations pass the MADIS QC checks.

The 'MADIS rating' reports on the percentage of observations that pass the MADIS checks. You should aim for two thumbs up!

Location Formats

The location is shown in three different formats. Each of these is used in some software, and is shown on some websites.

Degrees Minutes Seconds: VWS/VWSAPRS, WeatherLink 5.5, WeatherLink (5.2-5.4), WeatherView (Linux)

Decimal degrees: FreeWX, WeatherView32 (PC application)

LORAN: WeatherDisplay, WUHU, Henriksen WServer

Resources

CWOP Home: This describes the whole CWOP program and has a large amount of useful information.

CWOP Siting Guide (PDF): This is a guide to siting and operating a CWOP station. This is a must-read document.

Another CWOP Guide (PDF): This is another guide to siting and operating a CWOP station. This is a must-read document.

Urban Siting and Operations (PDF): This is a guide to siting and operating a CWOP station in an urban environment.

APRS WX Message format: This describes the actual format of the messages transmitted that carry WX information.

WXQC Mailing List: This is a mailing list where data quality issues are discussed. Assistance with software configuration can often be found here.

Topo Map Reading Guide: How to read USGS topographic maps, with a good section on reading contours.

Geographically nearby web pages: Use Geourl to find web pages that deal with locations geographically close to this site.


Overall website comments, problems etc to Philip Gladstone
Page layout last modified Monday, 10 February 2014
Questions for this weather station owner/operator to Brad
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