DATA NETWORKS INFO:  Additional Resources

MesoWest Networks

The University of Utah maintains a list of mesonetworks and links, primarily for the western United States, but includes state and local networks from other regions and national networks as well.

Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Research (Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Systems Division (GSD) developed the Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) to collect, integrate, quality control (QC), and distribute observations from NOAA and non-NOAA organizations. MADIS leverages partnerships with international agencies; federal, state, and local agencies (e.g. state Departments of Transportation); universities; volunteer networks; and the private sector (e.g. airlines, railroads) to integrate observations from their stations with those of NOAA to provide a finer density, higher frequency observational database for use by the greater meteorological community. MADIS observational products and services were first provided to the public in July of 2001.

MADIS runs operationally in real-time in the National Weather Service (NWS) with a distributed architecture consisting of ingest and distribution services at the Telecommunications Operations Center (TOC) with processing performed at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Central Operations (NCO). MADIS also runs quasi-operationally in a research test environment at ESRL/GSD, where new advances are developed and tested prior to being put into operations. The ESRL/GSD system also has an archive of saved real-time data, and serves as the backup to the operational system.