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AWOS3P coding for local airport on FAA website

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miraculon:
I regularly check the local airport weather station either by the web or via the 118.125MHz signal.

I was wondering what it takes to have precipitation added to this station. According to the info at AirNav, it is an ASOS-3. According to the FAA, it is an ASOS3P implying that it should include precipitation. It does have a precipitation type sensor, but no amounts. See https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/weather/asos/?airportId=KPZQ Does the precipitation type give it the "P" suffix?

I see other info indicating that ASOS stations have the precipitation gauges (older was heated TBR, now weighing).

Are precipitation gauges uncommon for these stations?

Greg H.




ValentineWeather:
Doesn't look like it has an operating rain gauge. If you check yearly data it says not available.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/timeseries.php?wfo=twc&sid=KPZQ&num=48

Your CWOP station:

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/timeseries.php?wfo=twc&sid=C4114&num=48

ValentineWeather:
MesoWest verifies station doesn't have any rain gauge. Toward bottom are station sensors, not sure why.

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/station_total.cgi?stn=KPZQ&unit=0

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