CWOP Information for K0FJ-1 (AP863) in Colby, KS, US

The following information is known about K0FJ-1. 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: 39° 23' 23" N (deg min sec), 39.3897° (decimal), 3923.38N (LORAN)
Longitude: 101° 2' 43" W (deg min sec), -101.0452° (decimal), 10102.71W (LORAN)
Elevation: 951 metres (3120 feet) -- validated against 962 metres (3156 feet) from NED Contiguous U. S. 1/3W arc second elevation data
Location: Colby, KS, US
County: Thomas, KS
Forecast Office: Goodland (GLD)
Weather station Manager/Operator: Michael
Station type/software: Davis Vantage Pro 2/Vue with Weatherlink

The site location should be at the mark shown -- or very close. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'K0FJ-1' 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. Show location history.

There are no photographs of the station. If you are the site operator and have pictures of this location, then please email them to

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


Average barometer error: 32.9 milliBars
Error standard deviation: 16.9 milliBars
Worst daily average barometer error: 39.2 milliBars
Worst daily standard deviation: 18.5 milliBars
Mean error value of 32.9 exceeds limit of 2.0
MADIS rating 0% QC OK
Sensor fails following checks:
L3 Spatial Consistency

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

The standard deviation of your readings is higher than expected. This can be caused by a broken sensor that always reports the same value. It can be caused by a faulty sensor that sometimes reports values way out of range (such as 0). Check that your sensor is operating correctly. Your station is at a high elevation and you are using Weatherlink. The pressure reduction algorithm used in this software does not produce the results required for CWOP. This gives problems when the temperature changes and makes it impossible to get consistent calibration.


  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average temperature error-1.3 °F-1.8 °F-1.0 °F
Error standard deviation2.0 °F1.8 °F2.0 °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 98% 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 error1.6 °F2.0 °F1.2 °F
Error standard deviation1.8 °F1.8 °F1.6 °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 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 97% QC OK
TodayLast 7 days
Wind vector chartWind vector chart for last 7 days


Sometimes, larger than expected values of the standard deviation can be caused by the analysis process itself. If there is a stuck sensor on a neighboring station, this can cause a 'sawtooth' or 'jaggy' analysis. This will cause the standard deviation to be higher than it ought to be. If this happens to your station, then please ignore the warnings above. The analysis process is being upgraded to try and eliminate these problems.

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: Goodland (GLD) .

NW0K-12.3 milesNortheast Colby, KS, US (lat 39.4050°, long -101.0075°, altitude 960 metres) 3.6mb-0.0°F-2.4°F
KCBK2.8 milesNorth Colby Shaltz Field Airport, KS, United States of America (lat 39.4300°, long -101.0511°, altitude 971 metres) -1.8mb-0.2°F-5.0°F
DW785018.0 milesWest Brewster, KS, US (lat 39.3605°, long -101.3792°, altitude 1041 metres) -1.7mb-0.6°F-2.5°F
UP83031.4 milesSoutheast Grinel, KS, United States Of America (lat 39.1242°, long -100.5695°, altitude 877 metres)
CW992232.2 milesWest Goodland, KS, US (lat 39.4913°, long -101.6325°, altitude 1051 metres) -5.6mb-0.9°F-2.6°F
KGLD34.7 milesWest GOODLAND RENNER FIELD, KS, United States (lat 39.3675°, long -101.6931°, altitude 1114 metres) -1.1mb-1.5°F0.0°F
DW465438.6 milesNorthwest Bird City, KS, US (lat 39.7565°, long -101.5920°, altitude 1070 metres) 2.7mb-1.5°F-3.3°F
N5DBZ40.4 milesWest Goodland, KS, US (lat 39.3362°, long -101.7970°, altitude 1124 metres) 2.2mb-1.8°F-1.0°F
KSYF47.6 milesNorthwest Cheyenne Cnty Muni, St Francis, KS, United States of America (lat 39.7619°, long -101.7963°, altitude 1040 metres) -1.5mb0.4°F0.1°F
EW952553.1 milesNorth Mc Cook, NE, US (lat 40.1292°, long -100.7780°, altitude 829 metres) -3.8mb4.1°F-1.9°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


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 Sunday, 28 February 2016
Questions for this weather station owner/operator to Michael
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