MesoWest Information for MLSC2 in Molas Lake, CO, United States Of America

The following information is known about MLSC2. 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: 37° 44' 58" N (deg min sec), 37.7493° (decimal), 3744.96N (LORAN)
Longitude: 107° 41' 19" W (deg min sec), -107.6887° (decimal), 10741.32W (LORAN)
Elevation: 3200 metres (10499 feet)
Location: Molas Lake, CO, United States Of America
County: San Juan, CO
Data provider: SNOTEL
Forecast Office: Grand Junction (GJT)

The elevation does not correspond with the estimated elevation (3243 metres (10640 feet) -- source Google) at that point. Either the location or the elevation (or both) are almost certain to be incorrect. Please use the 'send the updated information' link below to update the location or elevation.

The site location should be at the mark shown -- or very close. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'MLSC2' 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.

Can you help with location quality? Please indicate if the marker on the map points at the weather instrument cluster:

The best way to get elevation is to consult a topographic map. Make sure that you know whether the contours are marked in feet or metres. Note that handheld GPS receivers do not provide readings of elevation accurate to better than 10-20 metres (technical discussion). If you do not have access to a topographic map, then a GPS receiver is acceptable, but make sure that it is operating in 3D mode and let it average the position for at least five minutes.

For more information on reading maps, please see the Topo Map Reading Guide -- in particular it discusses how to read contours.

The location information for this site was gathered from 2 data sources. The source which most closely matches the consensus is chosen. Many of these sources only report the location to the nearest minute (or hundredth of degree). This can lead to the marker being placed noticeably incorrectly. Please see Discussion of Location Errors for more information. Show location history.

The station (or view from the station) is shown here. You can choose the view direction to see the surroundings. Other information (and somewhat larger images) can be found by clicking on the picture.

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

Data Status

Over the last 28 days, no data was seen on the following dates: 2017-02-24 to 2017-03-06, 2017-03-08 to 2017-03-09, 2017-03-12 to 2017-03-22.

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.

The inconsistency noted above in your location information means that the analyzed readings for your location may be incorrect. For example, if your location is incorrect, then the analysis values will be for a location other than your station. This will give different analysis results, probably leading to errors being shown below. If the elevation is incorrect, then the comparison of temperature readings will be in error.

Neighboring Stations

This is a list of stations that are close to this station. 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. Since this station has not been reporting continuously during the analysis period (it missed 24 days out of 28), the offsets below may not be accurate.

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: Grand Junction (GJT) .

CSCC29.4 milesSouthwest Cascade, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.6508°, long -107.8060°, altitude 2706 metres)
RMPC29.9 milesNorth Red Mountain Pass, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.8918°, long -107.7134°, altitude 3413 metres)
BRTC210.0 milesEast Beartown, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.7141°, long -107.5121°, altitude 3535 metres)
IDRC212.8 milesNorth Idarado, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.9339°, long -107.6755°, altitude 2986 metres)
EDSC218.4 milesWest El Diente Peak, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.7862°, long -108.0216°, altitude 3047 metres)
KTEX18.5 milesNorthwest Telluride, Telluride Regional Airport, CO, United States (lat 37.9538°, long -107.9085°, altitude 2767 metres)
STPC219.1 milesSouth Stump Lakes, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.4762°, long -107.6329°, altitude 3413 metres)
WRGC220.0 milesNortheast Wager Gulch, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.8825°, long -107.3643°, altitude 3383 metres)
URGC223.5 milesEast Upper Rio Grande, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.7219°, long -107.2601°, altitude 2865 metres)
WMNC225.6 milesSoutheast Weminuche Creek, CO, United States Of America (lat 37.5198°, long -107.3215°, altitude 3273 metres)

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
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