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1 1 Often asked questions Eva Červená CZECH HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL INSTITUTE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION RA VI Training Workshop on BUFR and Migration to Table-Driven Code Forms Langen, Germany, April 2007

2 2 Q: Are the common sequence descriptors mandatory? This leads to inclusion of too many missing values. Usage of common sequence descriptors is highly recommended: - It is suitable for data processing (filtering, etc.). - It prevents introduction of rather serious mistakes caused by not quite qualified modifications of the existing templates. - The data description section is expressed in a concise way.

3 3 Q: Why the version of BUFR master table has to be indicated in the Section 1 although all descriptors are kept in the tables, including the entries that should not to be used anymore? The version number of BUFR master table allows to create different tables. The deprecated entries do not have to be necessarily included in the next version of the tables. Thus, the archived data could not be properly processed without the indication of version number of the tables. Moreover, the time may come when some of the tables will be filled to their capacity and the deprecated entries might be needed for the newly introduced elements.

4 4 Q: The number of cloud layers or masses should be positive in a NIL report. Why not 0? This question applies to the number of cloud layers ( ), but the same question could be asked referring to the number of levels in the upper-air data ( ). Or to a sequence, where is used. In a NIL report, all parameters shall be set to missing, with the exception of the station identification and delayed replication factors. To oblige this definition, the delayed replication factors , and shall be set to 1, so that the entries (to be replicated) could be set to missing. Moreover, if the report is included in a BUFR multi-subset message to be compressed, , or shall be set to 1, 2, 3, … (number of replications has to be identical in all subsets). Generally expressed, delayed replication factors have to be positive in a NIL report.

5 5 Q: The number of cloud layers or masses shall never be missing. Why? If the observation is not made, the number of cloud layers is not known. Delayed descriptor replication factors, e.g , must never be set to missing (number of replications has to be known to allow the encoding/decoding procedure). If the observation is not made, e.g. at an automatic station without ceilometer, then preceding shall be set to 1 and all the parameter within shall be set to a missing value.

6 6 Q: How should be a missing value of a CCITT IA5 element encoded? By all bits set to 0 or all bits set to 1? A missing value is expressed by all bits set to 1 within the data width of the element. This applies to all elements, including those with the Unit defined as CCITT IA5.

7 7 Q: In BUFR flag tables, bits are numbered from 1 to x. Bit No. 1 is the rightmost one or the leftmost one? Bit No. 1 in all BUFR flag tables is the leftmost one, i.e. the bit No. 1 is the most significant within the data width. The rightmost bit (x) is the least significant and is set to 1 only if all bits are set to 1 to express missing.

8 8 Q: Total precipitation past 24 hours is included in (Basic synoptic instantaneous data). Why is it so, if it refers to the previous 24 hours? Instantaneous parameter is a parameter that is not coupled to a time period descriptor. Total precipitation past 24 hours (013023) expresses the required meaning by itself, and therefore does not need to be preceded by (Time period in hours). It was introduced to represent R 24 R 24 R 24 R 24 (SYNOP, section 3, group 7). The amount of precipitation in groups 6RRRt R is reported from different periods, and therefore they are represented by Total precipitation ( ) being preceded by

9 9 Q: The order of entries in the template TM does not correspond with the order of the elements in a SYNOP message. Why? In a SYNOP message, elements of period character are followed by instantaneous elements. In a BUFR message, all instantaneous elements have to be reported first and only then the elements of period character may follow. Once a period descriptor is introduced, it applies to all following elements until it is redefined by another period descriptor. TDCF allow more precise data representation, consequently their flexibility being somewhat limited.

10 10 Q: If an element is reported as missing, is the height of sensor and the time period mandatory? The height of sensor is considered to be mandatory regardless whether the element is reported as a missing or non-missing value. The time period is mandatory to be included in the reports, when the element is required be reported in compliance with the global or regional regulations, e.g. in RA VI, maximum temperature of the preceding 12 hours shall be reported at 18 UTC. As no other period than preceding 12 hours is required in RA VI, the first value of may be set to -12 and the second value of may be set to 0 in all reports. The amount of precipitation in group 6RRRt R of Section 1 is reported from the preceding 12 hours at 06 and 18 UTC and from the preceding 6 hours at 00 and 12 UTC. Therefore, shall set to -12 at 06 and 18 UTC and shall set to -6 at 00 and 12 UTC even if the value of is missing.

11 11 Q: When should be the type of station reported as hybrid? Type of station ( ) shall be reported using code figure 2 (Hybrid) in BURF messages containing monthly values (CLIMAT and CLIMAT SHIP data) to indicate that the station operated as a manned station for part of the day and as an automatic station for the rest of the day during the relevant month period. Regarding synoptic data in BUFR, it is highly recommended to use code figure 1 (Manned) in reports produced under the supervision of an observer, and code figure 0 (Automatic) in reports produced while the station operates in the automatic mode in compliance with the values of i x in the TAC reports.

12 12 Q: How should be encoded , if sky clear is observed? Cloud data Cloud cover total = 0 % Vertical significance = 62 (sky clear) Cloud amount (of low or middle clouds) = Height of base of clouds = missing Cloud type = 30 (No low clouds) Cloud type = 20 (No middle clouds) Cloud type = 10 (No high clouds)

13 13 Q: How should be encoded , if sky is obscured by fog? Cloud data Cloud cover total = 113 % Vertical significance = 5 (ceiling) Cloud amount (of low or middle clouds) = Height of base of clouds = vertical visibility Cloud type = 62 (C L clouds invisible.....) Cloud type = 61 (C M clouds invisible ….) Cloud type = 60 (C H clouds invisible ….)

14 14 Q: If only high clouds C H are observed, vertical significance in should be set to 0. Why not to 9 (High cloud)? Q: If only high clouds C H are observed, vertical significance in should be set to 0. Why not to 9 (High cloud)? Vertical significance is used to specify two following elements, i.e. cloud amount and height of cloud base E.g. if C L clouds are observed, = 7 expresses that both following elements refer to low clouds. If only high clouds C H are observed, however, the cloud amount refers to C L and C M ( = 0), whereas the height of cloud base refers to C H. Therefore has to be set to 0 (Observing rules of FM 12 SYNOP and FM 13 SHIP apply). It is the only case, when is to be set to 0.

15 15 Q: How should be encoded (vertical significance) in if four cloud layers are reported, a Cb in the second layer? Q: How should be encoded (vertical significance) in if four cloud layers are reported, a Cb in the second layer? If sky is not obscured by fog or other meteorological phenomena, vertical significance within is encoded using code figures 1, 2, 3 and 4, where 4 = Cumulonimbus layer. Four cloud layers: 1/8 St 250 m, 2/8 Cb 300 m, 3/8 Sc 600m and 5/8 Ac 3000 m ( in SYNOP). In this case, shall be set to 1, 4, 2 and 3 in the first, second, third and fourth replication of , respectively.

16 16 Q: How should be encoded (vertical significance) in if four cloud layers are reported from a ceilometer of an AWS? Q: How should be encoded (vertical significance) in if four cloud layers are reported from a ceilometer of an AWS? An automatic station equipped with a ceilometer may be able to report cloud amount and height of the base of the individual cloud layers, but the type of clouds is not available. If four cloud layers are reported from an AWS, e.g. 81/11 83/14 85/24 88/56 in SYNOP, vertical significance shall be set to 21, 22, 23 and 24 in the first, second, third and fourth replication of , respectively.

17 17 Q: Is reporting of normal monthly values mandatory? Normal monthly values are mandatory in BURF messages containing monthly values (CLIMAT and CLIMAT SHIP data). It is recommended to include the normal values to ease the maintenance of the database of these values (to avoid potential problems caused by the normals or their changes being available for very limited period in the TAC data).

18 18 Q: Regulation B/C about no maximum wind level might need clarification. Regulation B/C : When no maximum wind level is observed, no level shall be indicated by bit No. 4 of set to 1. When no maximum wind level is observed, bit No. 4 of shall be set to 0 at all levels. These two statements are fully equivalent.

19 19 Q: What are the currently produced Category 1 data in RA VI (in April 2007 )? TEMP Netherlands SYNOP Germany SYNOP Czech Republic SYNOP Israel IUSD01 EHDBISMD42 EDZWISMD01 OKPRISMD01 LLBD Czech RepublicISID42 EDZWISMD11 OKPRISMD42 LLBD IUSD40 OKLIISND42 EDZWISID01 OKPRISID21 LLBD IsraelJordanISID11 OKPRISID42 LLBD IUSD01 LLBDISMD01 OJAMISND11 OKPRCLIMAT IUSD02 LLBDISID01 OJAMISCD01 LLBD

20 20 Other questions?


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