Synop Information for ORAQ (40627) in Al Qaim|Alqaim Camp Al Qaim, AB, Iraq

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Registered Location

Latitude: 34° 23' 0" N (deg min sec), 34.3833° (decimal), 3423.00N (LORAN)
Longitude: 41° 1' 0" E (deg min sec), 41.0167° (decimal), 04101.00E (LORAN)
Elevation: 178 metres (584 feet) -- validated against 180 metres (591 feet) from Google
WMO Id: 40627
Location: Al Qaim|Alqaim Camp Al Qaim, AB, Iraq

The site coordinates appear to be of low precision, and the station may be anywhere within the marked area. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'ORAQ' 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.

The location information for this site was gathered from 3 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.

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Neighboring Stations

This is a list of stations that are close to this station.

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400726.2 milesWest Abu Kamal, DZ, Syrian Arab Republic (lat 34.4167°, long 40.9167°, altitude 182 metres)
4008449.5 milesWest UNKNOWN, DZ, Syrian Arab Republic (lat 34.3667°, long 40.1500°, altitude 119 metres)
4062953.3 milesEast Ana, AB, Iraq (lat 34.3667°, long 41.9500°, altitude 175 metres)
4064454.5 milesSoutheast H1, AB, Iraq (lat 33.7833°, long 41.6333°, altitude 409 metres)
4064364.7 milesSouthwest Aukashat, AB, Iraq (lat 33.8000°, long 40.1333°, altitude 583 metres)
4063478.2 milesEast Haditha, AB, Iraq (lat 34.1333°, long 42.3500°, altitude 108 metres) (data present)
OSDZ81.2 milesNorthwest Deir Ezzor, Syria (lat 35.3167°, long 40.1500°, altitude 212 metres) (data present)
ORAA91.5 milesSoutheast Al Asad|Alasad Air Base, AB, Iraq (lat 33.7856°, long 42.4412°, altitude 188 metres)
4064091.9 milesSoutheast Kilo-160, AB, Iraq (lat 33.2167°, long 41.7833°, altitude 400 metres)
40642102.5 milesSouthwest Rutbah, AB, Iraq (lat 33.0333°, long 40.2833°, altitude 631 metres) (data present)

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

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.

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