METAR Information for KOQT (72427) in OAK RIDGE, TN, United States

The following information is known about KOQT. 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: 36° 1' 23" N (deg min sec), 36.0230° (decimal), 3601.38N (LORAN)
Longitude: 84° 14' 1" W (deg min sec), -84.2336° (decimal), 08414.02W (LORAN)
Elevation: 279 metres (915 feet) -- validated against 275 metres (903 feet) from NED 1/3rd arc-second: Eastern United States
WMO Id: 72427
Location: OAK RIDGE, TN, United States
County: Anderson, TN
Forecast Office: Knoxville/Tri-Cities (MRX)
Observing program(s): AIRSAMPLE ASOS COOP PLCD

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

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The location information for this site was gathered from 14 data sources. This position has been modified based on user feedback. The user provided this information: Where I have placed the KOQT pin is on the site of a set of ASOS-marked racks of sensors on the south side of Laboratory Road, between the buildings of Roane State CC and the DOE buildings for the Oak Ridge Operations Headquarters.

Today, while driving to go somewhere else, I drove by the KOQT and there were two NWS tech's from Morristown doing service on the site. I stopped and talked with them and they think the ASOS has been at that site for at least fifteen years. It was there before it was an ASOS, i.e., before ASOS existed. I shared with them that the reason for locating the ASOS there was that during the 1950's the Army and the AEC realized they could use helicopters to ferry VIOP's from O.R. to McGhee Tyson. They cut down the trees on the site and moved the then-current NWS station from in front of the old Cheyenne Hall office building to that location. I remember the white louvered shelter box and the red lights on the top of telephone poles to prevent the pilots from running into poles at night. When helicopters became old news, and after the Pellissippi Parkway was completed, the helicopter pad was seldom used, but the station was maintained. I don't know, but it seems logical that the NWS and FAA would want to use the same site because of their existing utilities and a long history of readings from that site. By the way, if you ever want to listen to the recorded ASOS advisory from KOQT, call (865) 220-9659. It gives the Zulu time for the start of the playback, but observations and calculations are done once an hour, at five minutes before the hour. Pretty neat that all ASOS have such phone lines for public advisory.

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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

Data has been seen on each of the last 26 analyzed days.

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: -0.4 milliBars
Error standard deviation: 0.3 milliBars

MADIS rating 100% QC OK

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

These values are within range, so your sensor is probably calibrated correctly.


  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average temperature error0.1 °F-0.7 °F0.3 °F
Error standard deviation1.2 °F1.2 °F1.1 °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.

Dewpoint -- or switch to Relative Humidity

  24 hours  Day time  Night time
Average dewpoint error-0.3 °F-0.6 °F-0.1 °F
Error standard deviation1.1 °F1.2 °F1.0 °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 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 38% 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: Knoxville/Tri-Cities (MRX) .

W8BUG7.4 milesSoutheast Knoxville, TN, US (lat 35.9478°, long -84.1405°, altitude 390 metres) 0.5mb-3.1°F-0.6°F
KD4UFD9.1 milesEast Karns, TN, US (lat 36.0120°, long -84.0712°, altitude 313 metres) 0.4mb2.0°F1.4°F
FW949011.3 milesEast Knoxville, TN, US (lat 35.9690°, long -84.0436°, altitude 349 metres) -1.1mb-0.8°F-0.0°F
KG4QWI12.2 milesEast Knoxville, TN, US (lat 35.9955°, long -84.0182°, altitude 374 metres) 1.1mb-1.9°F-0.6°F
FW700712.9 milesSouth Lenoir City, TN, US (lat 35.8447°, long -84.3017°, altitude 298 metres) 0.6mb0.5°F-0.3°F
W8UFO-1313.6 milesEast Knoxville, TN, US (lat 35.9507°, long -84.0069°, altitude 304 metres) -0.6mb-1.3°F0.1°F
N4WIB15.4 milesSoutheast Knoxville, KY, US (lat 35.9048°, long -84.0012°, altitude 309 metres) 1.4mb-1.5°F1.8°F
CW082517.0 milesSouth Lenoir City, TN, US (lat 35.7768°, long -84.2372°, altitude 269 metres) 1.0mb-0.4°F-0.9°F
KTYS19.8 milesSoutheast MCGHEE TYSON AIRPORT, TN, United States (lat 35.8180°, long -83.9857°, altitude 299 metres) 0.6mb-1.0°F-0.3°F
W7ZP24.0 milesSoutheast Maryville, TN, US (lat 35.7418°, long -83.9828°, altitude 305 metres) 0.7mb0.9°F0.8°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
Page layout last modified Sunday, 28 February 2016
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