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|
|WEST||Wind Speed at 2 m||2021-02-22 22:39:54||2m wind sensor frequently reports zero when WSPD > 3m/s, significantly less than expected otherwise. Issue began during mid-February winter storm.|
|TALI||229L Delta Temperature at 10cm under Bare Soils||2021-01-28 16:15:24||Values continue to climb well above allowed error. Suspect failing heater, difference between starting and final temperature continues to shrink despite absence of substantial moisture. Please replace.|
|HECT||Wind Speed at 2 m||2020-12-01 20:30:41||Mice nest found inside enclosure. Technician confirmed damage to WS2M cable. Damage patched with electrical tape. No problems found in data at this time. Replace sensor. Will increase priority if data become affected.|