MesoWest Information for UP561 in Piedra, AZ, United States Of America

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Registered Location

Latitude: 32° 52' 49" N (deg min sec), 32.8803° (decimal), 3252.82N (LORAN)
Longitude: 113° 4' 0" W (deg min sec), -113.0667° (decimal), 11304.00W (LORAN)
Elevation: 231 metres (757 feet) -- validated against 229 metres (752 feet) from NED 1/3rd arc-second: Western United States
Location: Piedra, AZ, United States Of America
County: Maricopa, AZ
Data provider: UPR
Forecast Office: Phoenix (PSR)

The site location should be at the mark shown -- or very close. Clicking within the map area (or you can drag the 'UP561' 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 1 data source. 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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Data Status

Over the last 28 days, no data was seen on the following dates: 2022-11-08 to 2022-12-01.

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  


  24 hours
Average temperature error3.7 °F
Error standard deviation1.7 °F
Worst average temperature error-1.0 °F
Worst standard deviation0.0 °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.

  Mean error (3.7) out of range, but low standard deviation (1.7)
MADIS rating 90% QC OK

Latest daily graph:

Latest daily graph

There is a significant mean error in your temperature readings. You may need to calibrate your temperature sensor. Not enough data has been received to perform a day / night analysis to check for various types of shielding problems. Please wait a few days, and then try again.

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. 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: Phoenix (PSR) .

BRG49.9 milesSoutheast Range 4, AZ, United States Of America (lat 32.7872°, long -112.9383°, altitude 282 metres)
KGXF20.1 milesEast Gila Bend AF Aux AP, Gila Bend, AZ, United States of America (lat 32.8875°, long -112.7200°, altitude 269 metres)
AZ13623.0 milesNortheast G-F Woolsey Peak, AZ, United States Of America (lat 33.1733°, long -112.8807°, altitude 623 metres)
MAGL23.9 milesEast Gila Bend Landfill, AZ, United States Of America (lat 32.9893°, long -112.6751°, altitude 228 metres)
BRG124.1 milesSouth Range 1, AZ, United States Of America (lat 32.5503°, long -112.9333°, altitude 364 metres)
BETC26.1 milesSoutheast ETAC Con Point, AZ, United States Of America (lat 32.7083°, long -112.6681°, altitude 427 metres)
MAGB26.2 milesNorth Gila Bend Mountains, AZ, United States Of America (lat 33.2414°, long -113.2050°, altitude 475 metres)
BRG231.2 milesSoutheast Range 2, AZ, United States Of America (lat 32.4731°, long -112.8367°, altitude 368 metres)
SRP3936.6 milesNorth Palo Verde, AZ, United States Of America (lat 33.3800°, long -112.8600°, altitude 288 metres)
EW331036.8 milesSouth Ajo, AZ, US (lat 32.3765°, long -112.8625°, altitude 531 metres)

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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