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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Weather Radar Stations,

Item Identification

Title: Weather Radar Stations
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2012-09

These data represent Next-Generation Radar (NEXRAD) and Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR) weather radar stations within the US. The NEXRAD radar stations are maintained and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The TDWR radar stations are maintained and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Both radar's are pulsed Doppler types that measure reflectivity out to 460 km, and radial velocity and spectrum width out to 300 km for NEXRAD and 90 km for TDWR. Both radars automatically scan the atmosphere from the surface to 70,000 feet using a rotating parabolic antenna.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.


For this data set to be up-to-date as of 2022-09-08, 3 additional stations should be added. Two in Puerto Rico identified as TJBQ and TJRV, and one in WA identified as KLGX.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Alaska
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Guam
None Hawaii
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Puerto Rico
None Territorial Sea
None United States of America

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Entity Attribute Overview:

siteIdentifier, siteName, radarType, antennaElevation

Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: NOAA National Weather Service

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 654796
Date Effective From: 2012-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 654801
W° Bound: -165.294984
E° Bound: 144.811118
N° Bound: 65.035556
S° Bound: 13.455833

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 654800
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2000-02

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 1178437
Topology Level: Planar Graph
Complex Object Present?: No
Composite Object Present?: No
Curve Object Present?: No
Point Object Present?: Yes
Solid Object Present?: No
Surface Object Present?: No

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1178438

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4269
EPSG Name: NAD83
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1121207
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1121208
Download URL:

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 654820
Activity Date/Time: 2015-12-18

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 654819
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using '' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 717587
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



NEXRAD Radar Stations

CC ID: 654785
Contact Role Type: Publisher
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: National Centers for Environmental Information
Publish Date: 2012-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2011-04-27
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Provided all NEXRAD Radar Station points. | Type of Source Media: online

TDWR Radar Stations

CC ID: 654786
Contact Role Type: Publisher
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: National Centers for Environmental Information
Publish Date: 2012-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2012-09
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Provided all TDWR Radar Station points. | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 654787

1. Add radar station tabular (X,Y) data to ArcMap and export as a shapefile.

2. Create a new geodatabase and name it "RadarStations".

3. Export shapefiles into the geodatabase as feature classes.

4. Remove unnecessary fields from the shapefiles.

5. Merge the weather radar stations shapefiles (DATA MANAGEMENT TOOLS>GENERAL>MERGE), maintaining the fields noted in the data dictionary. Populate merged fields accordingly.

6. Develop a layer file containing symbology. Include Layer Name, Description, Credits, and Scale Ranges (if applicable) within the layer file and its source.

7. Acquire, ingest, merge and update metadata from providers (as needed).

Process Date/Time: 2012-09-01 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1183838

Minor changes were made to one field name, one field type, and to the formatting of attributes in the siteName field

Process Date/Time: 2022-09-08 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity WeatherRadarStationsFederal

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 48940
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:48940
Metadata Record Created By: Anne Ball
Metadata Record Created: 2017-11-14 15:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-02-08
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2018-02-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-02-08