CWOP Information for FW8000 (F8000) in Sierra Vista, AZ, US

The following information is known about FW8000. 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: 31° 29' 31" N (deg min sec), 31.4918° (decimal), 3129.51N (LORAN)
Longitude: 110° 14' 18" W (deg min sec), -110.2383° (decimal), 11014.30W (LORAN)
Elevation: 1394 metres (4574 feet) -- validated against 1394 metres (4573 feet) from Geonames
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ, US
County: Cochise, AZ
Forecast Office: Tucson (TWC)
Unknown station type/software:

If you know what sort of station equipment is in use at this site, then please send email to Philip Gladstone with this information. The email address can be found at the bottom of this page.

The site location should be at the mark shown -- or very close. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'FW8000' 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  

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: -3.2 milliBars
Error standard deviation: 0.5 milliBars
Worst daily average barometer error: -3.7 milliBars
Mean error value of -3.2 exceeds limit of 2.0
MADIS rating 0% QC OK
Sensor fails following checks:
L3 Spatial Consistency

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

There is a significant mean error in your barometer readings. You may need to calibrate your barometer.


  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average temperature error-5.3 °F-0.4 °F-5.9 °F
Error standard deviation2.6 °F0.9 °F2.3 °F
Worst average temperature error-5.2 °F-1.0 °F-5.5 °F
Worst standard deviation2.3 °F0.0 °F2.2 °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 66% QC OK
Sensor fails following checks:
L3 Spatial Consistency

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

It appears that your station is sited near the edge of a large urban area. This causes the analysis values to be lowered than expected as the quality control system does not take the location of the urban area into account.

Dewpoint -- or switch to Relative Humidity

  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average dewpoint error0.0 °F-0.2 °F-0.1 °F
Error standard deviation1.5 °F1.1 °F1.5 °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 100% 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 0% QC OK
Sensor fails following checks:
L3 Spatial Consistency
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: Tucson (TWC) .

EW37607.0 milesSoutheast Hereford, AZ, US (lat 31.4012°, long -110.1847°, altitude 1378 metres) 4.3mb5.1°F-2.4°F
DW09527.7 milesSoutheast Hereford, AZ, US (lat 31.4132°, long -110.1451°, altitude 1321 metres) 9.2mb8.6°F-4.5°F
KFHU9.1 milesNorthwest Fort Huachuca, Libby AAF Ft Huachuca, AZ, United States (lat 31.5883°, long -110.3442°, altitude 1438 metres) 2.8mb-0.9°F2.9°F
KALK13.7 milesNorthwest Pioneer Airfield, Cochise Cnty, AZ, United States of America (lat 31.6056°, long -110.4281°, altitude 1453 metres) 2.3mb1.3°F1.0°F
DW125426.3 milesNortheast Elfrida, AZ, US (lat 31.7172°, long -109.8792°, altitude 1527 metres) 4.9mb2.6°F-3.2°F
EW057827.2 milesNorth St. David, AZ, US (lat 31.8597°, long -110.0772°, altitude 1398 metres) 14.7mb4.7°F0.0°F
EW057329.4 milesNorth Saint David, AZ, US (lat 31.9000°, long -110.1000°, altitude 1368 metres) 5.0mb7.0°F-0.6°F
AA1OV-231.7 milesNorth Benson, AZ, US (lat 31.9403°, long -110.3472°, altitude 1289 metres) 5.3mb1.1°F-2.1°F
EW278632.5 milesNorth Benson, AZ, US (lat 31.9600°, long -110.2928°, altitude 1112 metres) 7.2mb7.6°F-1.9°F
KOLS36.2 milesWest NOGALES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT , AZ, United States (lat 31.4208°, long -110.8458°, altitude 1202 metres) 4.8mb6.5°F-3.2°F

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
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