Monthly QA Report

Quality Assurance

The Oklahoma Mesonet’s quality-assurance (QA) consists of four principal components:
1) laboratory calibration,
2) on-site intercomparison,
3) automated QA, and
4) manual QA.

In the instrument laboratory, all sensors are calibrated to validate or improve upon factory calibrations.

On an annual basis, the accuracy of several types of sensors in the field is verified through comparison to calibrated reference sensors housed in a portable system.

To make a first pass through the 640,000+ observations that are received at the Mesonet each day, automated QA software includes numerous algorithms to evaluate the data received from remote stations.

Finally, the Mesonet’s QA meteorologists employ numerous manual techniques to complement automated QA including analysis of monthly statistics to detect sensor drift or bias (click on a month and year to the left to download a PDF version of a Monthly Report). In addition to detecting problematic sensors, the QA meteorologists trace the true start time of each problem so that appropriate data can be manually flagged as erroneous. The QA meteorologists are responsible for communicating problems to, and coordinating with, appropriate field technicians to ensure proper resolution (see a list of the current outstanding tickets below).

Current Trouble Tickets in the Oklahoma Mesonet
(For questions regarding these tickets, contact )

Station Variable Date Reported Problem Description
GRA2 Wind Speed at 2 m 2017-09-22 18:59:57 2m wind speed near zero and gust is spikey when 10m wind 5-7m/s.
MANG Soil Temperature at 5 cm under Native Vegetation 2017-09-14 18:58:18 5cm sod temperature diurnal variation suddenly decreased. Data appear to represent 15-20cm depth.
WYNO 229L Delta Temperature at 5 cm 2017-08-29 20:45:30 5cm soil moisture stopped heating. Final temperature same as starting temperature.
WEBR 229L Delta Temperature at 10cm under Bare Soils 2017-08-16 19:02:28 Soil moisture exceeds allowed moist end. Data shifted after new current excitation installed. Unable to adjust coefficients in way that accommodates past and current data. Replace sensor.
NINN 229L Delta Temperature at 5 cm 2016-11-28 15:42:22 Final temperature for 5cm under sod increased from 15C to 28C. Starting temperature is reporting around 13C.