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|
|WIST||229L Delta Temperature at 60 cm||2020-02-03 15:33:17||60 cm final temperature is slightly less than expected, resulting in errantly high Fractional Water index. Please replace sensor.|
|KENT||Soil Temperature at 10 cm under Bare Soil||2020-01-23 22:45:51||More diurnal variation than neighbors. Suspect sensor too shallow. Problem traces to known animal damage.|
|PUTN||Soil Temperature at 5 cm under Native Vegetation||2020-01-23 22:22:56||TS05 has more diurnal variation than expected. Site pics show vegetation is much improved. Suspect sensor too shallow. Rebury sensor.|
|KIN2||229L Delta Temperature at 10cm under Bare Soils||2020-01-21 19:50:26||10cm bare soil temperature and starting/final soil moisture temperature report -7999 or very large/small values.|
|KIN2||229L Delta Temperature at 10cm under Sod||2020-01-21 19:48:23||10cm sod soil temperature and starting/final soil moisture temperature report -7999 or very large/small values.|