Guidelines for Organizing RCC Intercomparisons of Radiosondes
Range Commanders Council White Sands Missile Range United States
This document is aimed at providing clear and effective guidance on the methodology to use for radiosonde comparisons between ranges. The scope and specific objectives of the task were to review and compare the current guidance with existing World Meteorological Organization or American Society for Testing and Materials standards as these standards may replace the current standard. The review was also aimed at resolving issues with the Reagan Test Site and radiosonde intercomparisons between test ranges. These guidelines assume the procedures that may be established by various test facilities are consistent with procedures established by other national and international organizations. The guidelines assume that an organizing committee will be formed of participants members interested in comparing radiosondes and at least one non-participant with the ability to provide guidance for conducting the intercomparison will be included. The involvement of an independent non-participant is important in order to avoid bias during the planning of the intercomparison. Consideration must also be given to whether radiosonde manufacturers personnel should actively participate or whether independent operational personnel of the host site where test is performed should prepare and fly such radiosondes.