List of sites for historical data (radar, observations, analysis, soundings, etc.)

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  1. Rob H

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    If you've ever wanted to look at historical events, you've probably had some difficulty pulling together all the data you wanted. Here's a list of useful sites I've found - please post if you have any further suggestions!

    NCDC Resources:
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/climatedata.html - This page has links to the resources below, along with many others

    http://www4.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-win/wwcgi.dll?WWNEXRAD~Images2
    Data: NEXRAD mosaic reflectivity
    Data Format: Images
    Range: 4/1/1995 - 2 days before present

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/nexradinv/
    Data: NEXRAD individual products for Level 2 and Level 3
    Data Format: Multiple
    Range: 1995 - present

    http://has.ncdc.noaa.gov/pls/plhas/HAS.FileAppSelect?datasetname=7000
    Data: NEXRAD Level 3 full radar volumes
    Data Format: Tarred and Gzipped by station and date/time
    Times: Variable
    Range: Variable, but typically mid-90s to 1 day behind the present
    Note: This is the site you want to use for viewing archived data in GrLevel3, details can be found at http://grlevelx.com/owners/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4554

    http://has.ncdc.noaa.gov/pls/plhas/HAS.FileAppSelect?datasetname=6500
    Data: NEXRAD Level 2 full radar volumes
    Range: 1995 - present

    http://nomads.ncdc.noaa.gov/data.php?name=access#hires_weather_datasets
    Data: RUC, NAM, and GFS model runs
    Data Format: .inv and .grb files

    http://www.class.ncdc.noaa.gov/saa/products/search?datatype_family=GVAR_IMG
    Data: Archived satellite images

    HPC Resources:
    http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/sfc_archive.shtml
    Data: Surface analysis
    Data Format: Images
    Range: 4/2006 - present

    ftp://ftp.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/coded_sfc/
    Data: Surface analysis
    Data Format: Text bulletins
    Range: Last 2 weeks

    SPC Resources:
    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/
    Data: Tornado, hail, and wind events
    Data Format: Images and CSV
    Note: To go directly to a date, use http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/YYMMDD_rpts.html and replace 'YYMMDD' with desired values

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/
    Data: Tornado, hail, and wind events
    Data Format: CSV
    Range: 1950-2009

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/obswx/maps/
    Data: Sfc/925/850/700/500/300, wind speed/wind direction/temps/dew points
    Data Format: Images
    Times: 00z and 12z
    Range: 11/30/98 - present

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/soundings/
    Data: Observed soundings
    Data Format: Images
    Times: Typically 00z and 12z, although special soundings will appear
    Range: Last 7 days

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/events/
    Data: Multiple (radar mosaic, satellite, HPC surface analysis)
    Data Format: Images
    Range: 1/2000 - present
    Note: To go directly to a date, use http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/event.php?date=YYYYMMDD and replace 'YYMMDD' with desired values

    Misc resources:
    http://www.mmm.ucar.edu/imagearchive/
    Data: Multiple types, but most importantly 1km satellite
    Range: 1996 - present
     
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    The IEM has an EXCELLENT site to search past warnings (severe tstorm, tornado, and flash flood I think). Included are verification statistics, along with some nice miscellaneous stats such as one that reports how much of a polygon aligns with a county boundary. In addition, there are some radar images from the times of the warnings (and warning updates).

    Iowa Environmental Mesonet - IEM COW -> http://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/cow/

    NASA also has a site on which one can view archived RUC soundings (2002, 2005-2010). See http://www-angler.larc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/satimage/sounding.cgi

    Finally, Plymouth State has a nice archive system which allows you to create surface and upper-air maps from previous days (among many other things one can do). See http://vortex.plymouth.edu
     
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    This would be useful for looking up SPC events.

    examples here:

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/event.php?date=20110427

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/event.php?date=20120414

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/event.php?date=20121225

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/event.php?date=20130210

    replace YYYYMMDD with exact event date you want to look up.
    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/archive/event.php?date=YYYYMMDD
     
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    Yes, I know, that's the site I was actually talking about. It looks like it's back online now. Thanks anyway!
     
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    Was the severe weather outbreak with those 5 tornadoes and 150 wind reports or so saved that just occurred on 2.21.14? I was specifically looking for radar in North Carolina.
     
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    I find myself poking around the SPC Mesoanalysis national sector archive quite a bit. It can be very useful for comparing past setups, and also oohing and aahing at extreme days.

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/ma_archive/
     
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