Synop Information for CPSU (71168) in Sioux Falls (special comparison station), SD, United States of America (site inactive)

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Registered Location

Latitude: 43° 44' 1" N (deg min sec), 43.7336° (decimal), 4344.02N (LORAN)
Longitude: 96° 37' 25" W (deg min sec), -96.6235° (decimal), 09637.41W (LORAN)
Elevation: 0 metres (0 feet)
WMO Id: 71168
Location: Sioux Falls (special comparison station), SD, United States of America
County: Minnehaha, SD
Forecast Office: Sioux Falls (FSD)

The elevation does not correspond with the estimated elevation (482 metres (1581 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 'CPSU' 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 7 data sources. This position has been modified based on user feedback.

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

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Neighboring Stations

This is a list of stations that are close to this 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: Sioux Falls (FSD) .

FW970113.0 milesSouth Sioux Falls, SD, US (lat 43.5457°, long -96.6265°, altitude 427 metres) (data present)
GW496215.7 milesSouth SIOUX FALLS, SD, US (lat 43.5092°, long -96.6742°, altitude 458 metres) (data present)
DW068717.0 milesSouthwest Sioux Falls, SD, US (lat 43.5337°, long -96.8203°, altitude 455 metres) (data present)
FW585619.4 milesEast Luverne, MN, US (lat 43.6382°, long -96.2585°, altitude 457 metres) (data present)
NK0V35.2 milesNorth Elkton, SD, US (lat 44.2319°, long -96.4792°, altitude 534 metres) (data present)
GW079638.7 milesNorth Elkton, SD, US (lat 44.2888°, long -96.5257°, altitude 518 metres) (data present)
FW630251.9 milesSouth Hawarden, IA, US (lat 42.9900°, long -96.4883°, altitude 357 metres) (data present)
GW108259.6 milesNorth Estelline, SD, US (lat 44.5718°, long -96.8980°, altitude 502 metres) (data present)
FW229572.4 milesEast Lakefield, MN, US (lat 43.6808°, long -95.1780°, altitude 444 metres) (data present)
FW125575.4 milesSoutheast Milford, IA, US (lat 43.2685°, long -95.2642°, altitude 442 metres) (data present)

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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