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News Updates - 2016
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Launch of OSCAR/Surface
OSCAR/Surface will be launched on 2 May 2016, thereby replacing WMO No. 9, Volume A, Observing Stations and WMO Catalogue of Radiosondes.

OSCAR/Surface is a web-based inventory of all surface observing stations contributing to WIGOS and the tool through which WMO Members will share WIGOS metadata. While Volume A will continue to be published for a transition period of two years, after the operational launch of OSCAR/Surface, this "legacy" format(1) will not have all the fields present in the traditional "flatfile" format as it has to be generated from OSCAR/Surface directly.


All users of Volume A are invited to ensure that all processes relying on the traditional flatfile format will continue working with the "legacy" format, or that they can directly use information from OSCAR/Surface.

After the launch, updates to the station catalogue will have to be made directly online in OSCAR/Surface, instead of communicating by mail or phone with the Secretariat. Furthermore, the circulation of METNO (meteorological advance notifications of changes to Volume A), will be discontinued. Finally, WIGOS Identifiers will take the place of the traditional 5 digit station IDs, which implies that dissemination of Traditional Alphanumeric Codes will no longer be possible with the longer WIGOS IDs.

Before the launch of OSCAR/Surface, PRs of WMO Members will be invited to nominate National Focal Points for OSCAR/Surface, who can then register, enter and update their observing station details in OSCAR/Surface. A machine-to-machine API (Application Programming Interface) will also be provided in OSCAR/Surface to import information from other existing databases. As the encoding of the WIGOS metadata standard is still under development, only an alpha version of the API will be available at the launch date, with completion later in 2016. Members prepared to work with the community, to test and further develop this interface, are welcome to contact the WIGOS Project office for more information.

OSCAR/Surface has been developing in partnership between the WMO Secretariat and MeteoSwiss with substantial human and financial resources made available through the generosity of the Government of Switzerland.


(1) http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/wigos/documents/VolA-differences_v2-3.pdf
Published:02 February 2016
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 4 - Part B - Focal Point Contact Information for Port Meteorological Offices

Amendments (in country alphabetical order):

JANUARY


Chile 21 January 2016
Pakistan 14 January 2016

==>> For additional information
Published: 21 January 2016
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Migration of Table-Driven Code Forms (TDCF)
Notification from Deutscher Wetterdienst
In compliance with the WMO BUFR Migration Plan, Deutscher Wetterdienst will stop the parallel dissemination of SYNOP reports in FM12 TAC (Traditional Alphanumeric Code, ASCII) with effect from 13 January 2016, 07000 UTC.

The last FM12 TAC bulletins will be SMDL// EDZW 130600

There will be no TAC FM12 data dissemination after this date/time, BUFR only.

All SYNOP reports are available in FM94 BUFR code. Should you miss any data in BUFR, please contact rth@dwd.de for clarification.

For detailed information and equivalence of TAC and BUFR bulletins, please see the table below. The reason for differences between TAC and BUFR bulletins is the due to the fact that stations within one TAC bulletin refer to different WMO BUFR-tables and have therefore to be disseminated in different BUFR bulletins; stations within one BUFR bulletin may refer to one BUFR-table only.

Should you not be able to comply with this long-announced termination of FM12 TAC dissemination, please contact rth@dwd.de who will offer support if possible.

Equivalence of German SYNOP bulletins/reports  FM12 SYNOP / FM94 BUFR
Category TTAAii TTAAii CCCC Contents
  FM12 SYNOP FM94 BUFR    
ESSENTIAL SM(I,N,X)DL(01,21) IS(M,I,N,X)D01 EDZW 10004 10015 10020 10035 10055 10147 10162 10184 10200 10224 10270 10338 10361 10393 10400 10469 10488 10506 10548 10637 10685 10738 10763 10788 10852 10946
ESSENTIAL SM(I,N,X)DL22 IS(M,I,N,X)D02 EDZW 10007 10044 10046 10091 10113 10124 10131 10170 10253 10264 10268 10291 10315 10379 10381 10382 10384 10410 10427 10430 10453 10496 10499 10505 10513 10532 10544 10554 10567 10578
ESSENTIAL SM(I,N,X)DL23 IS(M,I,N,X)D03 EDZW 10609 10616 10641 10655 10675 10688 10708 10729 10731 10742 10776 10791 10805 10815 10836 10870 10895 10908 10929 10948 10961 10962
ESSENTIAL S(M,I)AA(01,21) IS(M,I)I(01,11) EDZW 89002
ESSENTIAL   IS(M,I,N)D13 EDZW 10439
ADDITIONAL SM(I,N,X)DL44 IS(M,I,N,X)D04 EDZW 10022 10028 10042 10093 10097 10129 10130 10139 10142 10146 10150 10152 10156
ADDITIONAL SM(I,N,X)DL45 IS(M,I,N,X)D05 EDZW 10161 10168 10180 10193 10210 10235 10249 10261 10267 10281 10282 10289 10305 10309 10312
ADDITIONAL SM(I,N,X)DL46 IS(M,I,N,X)D06 EDZW 10321 10325 10348 10356 10359 10365 10368 10376 10385 10396 10418 10424 10433 10435 10441 10442 10444 10449 10452
ADDITIONAL SM(I,N,X)DL47 IS(M,I,N,X)D07 EDZW 10454 10458 10460 10466 10471 10474 10480 10490 10495 10519 10520 10526 10534 10537 10540 10542 10552 10557
ADDITIONAL SM(I,N,X)DL48 IS(M,I,N,X)D08 EDZW 10564 10565 10569 10574 10577 10579 10582 10591 10615 10628 10635 10646 10648 10658 10671 10686 10704 10706 10724 10733 10736 10739 10747
ADDITIONAL SM(I,N,X)DL49 IS(M,I,N,X)D09 EDZW 10756 10761 10765 10777 10782 10796 10803 10818 10827 10840 10850 10863 10865 10872 10875 10945 10963 10982
ADDITIONAL -- IS(M,I,N)D43 EDZW 10033 10037 10038 10067 10126 10136 10172 10238 10246 10304 10306 10334 10335 10343 10476 10500 10502 10516 10613 10618 10743 10771 10837 10853 10856 10857 10860 10954


==>> A previous reminder was included on 22 December 2015
Published: 05 January 2016
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Caribbean Netherlands - Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba islands - New situation on provision of meteorological services
Notification from The Netherlands
To rectify the information submitted by the Netherlands on 11 November 2015. Two corrections were made:
1. Correction in the airport name for St. Eustatius.
2. Correction in bulletin headers for BUFR SYNOP.


As from 01 January 2016, KNMI – The Netherlands (Region VI) will become responsible for the production and international distribution of all meteorological information for the Caribbean Netherlands (Region IV): the islands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This includes the provision of meteorological observations, forecasts and warnings.

==>> For additional information.
Published: 04 January 2016
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Volume A - Observing Stations
METNO archive
Flatfile of data on observing stations
Published: Every Thursday
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Volume C1 - Catalogue of Meteorological Bulletins
METNO archive
Flatfile of catalogue of meteorological bulletins
Published: Every Tuesday
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Buoy Data
Australia - Published: Monthly
Brazil (PNBOIA) - Published: Hourly
Canada - Published: Monthly
Ireland - Published: Monthly
New Zealand - Published: Monthly
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Published: Hourly
United States of America - Published: Weekly
EUMETNET Surface Marine Programme- Published: Monthly

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Meetings
WMO List of Meetings
Commission for Basic Systems (CBS) - Related Meetings
WMO Information System (WIS)
Global Observing Systems (GOS)
WIGOS related meetings
World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme (WCDMP)
Published: Weekly
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