Operational Data Checking

An automatic data checking system has been implemented at ECMWF to trigger warnings in case of anomalies affecting the quality or the availability of the data assimilated by the model. Selected statistical parameters (number of observations, bias correction, and mean bias-corrected background, analysis departures and probability of gross error) are checked against an expected range. An appropriate alert message (including a time series plot) is generated if statistics are outside the specified ranges. A severity level (slight, considerable, severe) is assigned to each message depending on how far statistics are from the expected values. Two kinds of ranges are used by the automatic checking: Soft and Hard limits. Soft limits are updated automatically using statistics from the last twenty days (extremes are excluded during this process). Hard limits are adjusted manually when required.

Currently, the automatic checking is limited to data passing through the minimisation process (including VarBC passive data). It's being applied twice a day to the delayed cut-off 4D-VAR cycles (00 and 12) and four times a day to the early delivery assimilation system (00,06,12 and 18).

The alarm system results are based on feedback information from the ECMWF data assimilation and consequently reflect the ECMWF data usage. Although most warnings are related to data problems, they may on occasion also be related to model issues. Alerts are provided for information on an as-is basis and may be withdrawn or changed without notice. ECMWF accepts no responsibility for actions taken on the basis of these results.

Early delivery 4D-VAR at 2019-08-18 12:00

cris
NPP/CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 622 : out of range
29 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_fgdepar=0, expected range: 0.04 0.16
NPP/CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 1149 : out of range
58 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_fgdepar=4, expected range: -0.31 0.32
Severely_persistent: stdev_fgdepar=2, expected range: 0.07 0.35
NOAA20/CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 34 : out of range
22 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0, expected range: 0.23 0.30
NOAA20/CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 33 : out of range
20 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0, expected range: 0.15 0.22
NOAA20/CRIS RADIANCES CHANNEL 35 : out of range
15 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0, expected range: 0.29 0.34
Geostationary CSR
GOES-15/IMAGER RADIANCES CHANNEL 2 : out of range
16 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: obs_number=64396, expected range: 7085.46 17964.06
GOES-15/IMAGER RADIANCES CHANNEL 3 : out of range
16 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: obs_number=18284, expected range: 1344.60 7913.67
iasi
METOP-A/IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 236 : out of range
20 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0, expected range: 0.02 0.05
METOP-A/IASI RADIANCES CHANNEL 5399 : out of range
22 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0, expected range: 0.24 0.33
mhs
ALLSKY METOP-A/MHS RADIANCES CHANNEL 3 : out of range
6 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: stdev_norm_fgdepar=0, expected range: 0.24 0.53
ALLSKY METOP-A/MHS RADIANCES CHANNEL 4 : out of range
6 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: stdev_norm_fgdepar=0, expected range: 0.18 0.52
synop
AUTOMATIC LAND SYNOP SURFACE PRESSURE (PA) : out of range
9 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: obs_number=516, expected range: 1092.02 1343.32
MANUAL LAND SYNOP SURFACE PRESSURE (PA) : out of range
18 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=5, expected range: 0.00 0.00
Severely_persistent: obs_number=71, expected range: 79.67 90.22
BUFR LAND SYNOP SURFACE PRESSURE (PA) : out of range
14 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: rms_fgdepar=80, expected range: 38.69 59.61
Severely_persistent: rms_fgdepar=68, expected range: 38.01 55.13
Severely_persistent: rms_fgdepar=115, expected range: 37.49 75.80
Radiosondes
HIGH RESO LAND TEMP TEMPERATURE (K) (4 pressure layers affected) : out of range
5 times in the last 10 days for at least one item
Severely_persistent: avg_biascorr=0, expected range: 0.40 0.62