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Wakasa Bay Weather Forecast Maps, Version 1

The AMSR-E Wakasa Bay Field Campaign was conducted over Wakasa Bay, Japan. The Wakasa Bay Field Campaign includes joint research observations, such as precipitation amount, pressure thickness, seal level pressure, and surface winds by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the AMSR precipitation validation team, and the NASA AMSR-E team.

Geographic Coverage

  • Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
  • Atmospheric Pressure > Pressure Thickness
  • Atmospheric Pressure > Sea Level Pressure
  • Ocean Winds > Surface Winds
  • Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 48, S: 17, E: 160, W: 100

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 3 January 2003 to 9 February 2003
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Data Format(s):
  • GIF
Platform(s) Not specified
Sensor(s): Not specified
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Thomas Wilheit, Jr.

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Wilheit, Jr., T. 2010. Wakasa Bay Weather Forecast Maps, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: [Date Accessed].

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Detailed Data Description


The files are in Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

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File Naming Convention

Files are named according to the following convention and as described in Table 1:



Table 1. File Naming Convention
Variable Description
MMM 3-digit month of forecast date
D (or DD) 1-digit day or 2-digit day of forecast date
06z UTC time
precip precipitation
sfc surface
XXX hours from start of model run
.gif indicates this is a GIF file

Example: feb_8_06z_precip_sfc_048.gif

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File Size

File sizes range from 44 to 61 KB.

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The volume of data files is approximately 5 megabytes.

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Spatial Coverage

Southernmost Latitude: 17° N
Northernmost Latitude: 48° N
Westernmost Longitude: 100° E
Easternmost Longitude: 160° E

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Temporal Coverage

The weather forecast maps span from 03 January 2003 to 09 February 2003.

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Parameter or Variable

The weather forecast maps depict surface winds, sea level pressure, precipitation amounts, and pressure thickness.

Sample Data Record

The following image is the Wakasa Bay forecast map for 01 February 2003.

Wakasa Bay Forecast 01 Feb 2003

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Software and Tools

Software and Tools

An image viewing program which recognizes the GIF file format is recommended to view these images.

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Data Acquisition and Processing

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References and Related Publications

Contacts and Acknowledgments

Thomas T. Wilheit, Jr.
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Texas A&M University

Document Information


05 April 2010

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