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Author:  Wally Mayo [ Sun Mar 09, 2008 2:33 pm ]
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Not many new stations, but I like to do an update at least by four months from last one.

KBKD Breckenridge/Stephens Co. TX
KGWB Auburn IN
KF12 Henderson-Rusk Co. TX
K3FM Fremont Municipal MI
K4I3 Mount Vernon OH

See prior posts for update instructions.

Author:  Sabir [ Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:16 pm ]
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Hi, This post is very informative, however I would like some specific information. If someone can help me then please send me a private message. Best Regards,

Author:  Wally Mayo [ Sat May 24, 2008 8:28 pm ]
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Well, time for another update.

KXSA Tappahannock VA
KEFK Newport VT*
KFSO Hightgate VT
KABH Ellicott AFA CA
KHWY Warrenton VA
KMQA Coatesville/Chester Co PA*
KECS Newcastle WY
KDVK Danville KY
KW43 Hulett Muni WY

* means ID change rather than addition. Old ID won't plot, though.

Link for updated file is

Copy this file into your DA parent folder
Then under FILE choose Recompile Tables, choose recommended next. Let 'er rip, and you are updated.

Author:  tmagan [ Mon May 26, 2008 3:20 am ]
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When I recompiled the tables, I got this error message: Digital Atmosphere encountered an error: Access violation at address 00552131 in module 'digatmos.exe'. Read of address 00000000

Author:  Wally Mayo [ Tue May 27, 2008 11:30 am ]
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Hmmmm. Try re-downloading it, and recompile. It's working here (on two different computers), and it appears that 45 have already downloaded it with no problems.

Make sure you put file in parent directory of DAEq (back up old first).

If you absolutely can't get it to work, let me know, and I'll send you the previous version, so you can be operational (assuming any prior versions will now compile for you).

Author:  tmagan [ Wed May 28, 2008 1:51 am ]
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What is interesting is that when I use the map configuration window and center it on stations like KECS or KPRO, it recognizes those cities, so it (in my opinion) accepted the new file. However, it does not plot the current weather for those stations. I have seen that sometimes these stations like KECS do not report in a timely fashion. KDVK seems to have an eternal -54 dewpoint. In fact, I don't think KECS is listed in the file. I did make a backup with the old file, but all of the previous stations still do plot.

Author:  Wally Mayo [ Wed May 28, 2008 11:53 am ]
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Yes, Danville, KY seems to have a bad dewpoint report. There's a station in south AL that seems to have a bad pressure report. I wish they would not allow these to go on so long.

For KECS ... well, there are a number of part-times stations. There are some stations that do METARS during a portion of the day, or some stations only are augmented a portion of the day (there is one in MD). Synoptic hour files are always a bit larger, so there are more reports in them. I usually do the updating based on a 6 hour report.

Just look at your directory, and if the following files have approx. the same time stamp, you may be fine.


Author:  tmagan [ Wed May 28, 2008 9:56 pm ]
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1) What are the purpose of SYNOP reports if they only come in every six hours?

2) I've noticed the 'Buoy from Albany (worldwide)' is reporting observations on an hourly basis instead of every six hours. Has something changed?

3) The time stamps on all of those files are nearly identical.

My fault:

Cities such as Perry, IA (KPRO) do plot on my map. I never had 'Integrated MADIS data U.S. from NOAA (BIG file)' checked off on the 'Data Retrieval Window'.

Author:  Wally Mayo [ Thu May 29, 2008 11:32 pm ]
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SYNOP is more full world oriented. Many places only do SYNOP only every, say, 3 hours. You got to remember ... not ALL other countries value wx info as much as we do. Even Mexico exhibits this, and you can only get surface pressure every 3 hours there.

Yes, most buoys do hourly weather. At least US sponsored ones.

Hmmm, I usually use Albany or UCSD, or FSU or NOAA for METARS.
For some reason I cannot use the NOAA surface reports with the AUDIT program. It's format is incompatible it appears.

I use a synoptic hour for database comparison just in case some peculiar station only reports METARS then (who know about some non-standard stations?).

I don't do much DATA RETRIEVAL menu operations (I almost always do scripts), so I can't speak to something that may occur different there, and I have discovered very small discrepancies ... such as you can get Puerto Rico radar at 248nm extended with radar MENU, but not in a script (Tim knows about this one).

Author:  Wally Mayo [ Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:51 pm ]
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Time for a new station update.
Here are the new ones/changes:

KXSA Tappahannock VA
KEFK Newport VT*
KFSO Highgate VT
KABH Ellicott AFA CO
KHWY Warrenton VA
KMQS Coatesville/Chester Co PA
KECS Newcastle WY
KDVK Danville KY
KW43 Hulett Muni WY
KY63 Elbow Lake MN
KEZS Shawano WI
KDZJ Blairsville GA
KRFI Henderson TX* (was KF12)
KCVB Castroville TX* (was KT89)

* denotes change in ID. Old ID will NOT plot anymore.

File is at

It should work in DAWS and DA2000, but backup old files first anyway.
Put in main folder, then RECOMPILE TABLES under FILE menu.
As usual, this has all prior updates included - MANY ID additions/changes.

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