NWS Instruction 10-1305, Observational Quality Control - General, defines the roles and responsibilities of the NWS in performing the quality control of manual and automated observations.
Review NWS Instruction 10-1305 and then answer the questions below.
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For each one of the quality control items listed below, indicate which level of NWS management (WSHQ, Regions, or WFO) is responsible for accomplishing the required task?
A. Routine data monitoring
B. Tracking trends and biases in the quality of observations
C. Remedial coordination with data providers
D. Evaluating the performance of all NWS levels in fulfilling their quality control responsibilities
E. Administering the observer certification program
F. Conducting station visitations and inspections
Preventive quality control activities include:
Corrective quality control activities include:
A. Real-time site
level quality control prior to transmission of an observation
B. Near real-time area level quality control within 1 to 2 hours after an observation is transmitted
C. Post real-time national level oversight
D. All of the above
What organization at NWS Headquarters is responsible for quality control?
Quality control at the regional level includes:
cooperative program visits for local offices
B. Reviewing the observation certification program run by each WFO
C. Acting as COTR for NWS contract weather observers
D. Providing maintenance for observing equipment
At a WFO, an effective quality control program will:
Contract observers are trained by:
Contract observers are certified by:
How often should station visits be conducted to NWS sponsored stations to review the on-station observing program?
Quality control monitoring activities include:
Quality control reviewing activities include:
National system monitoring and maintenance action coordination for ASOS is the responsibility of: