The Spaceport Weather Data Archive is a repository of all locally collected weather data at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Note that weather radar data is excluded. Included in the Spaceport Weather Data Archive are: Weather Towers at multiple levels up to 492 feet, Electric Field Mills, Cloud to Ground and Inter/Intracloud Lightning Detection Systems, 50 MHz and 915 MHz Doppler Radar Wind Profilers including their Spectral data, Rain Gauges, Rawinsonde soundings, human surface observations, and other weather data.
The Spaceport weather data is updated every 60 minutes for certain instruments and as frequently as 15 minutes for other instrumentation. CGLSS (Cloud to Ground Lightning) data is updated every 30 minutes. Reference specific links to validate frequency of updates. Data is available 24/7 over a publicly accessible website.
The data is saved as is from the instrumentation and is not under Quality Control. Some data may be missing as a result of communications outages, power outages, routine maintenance and calibration. But the missing data may be available from other sources. Please confer with the KSC Weather Office, 867-0814, prior to using the data to ensure the most appropriate and most applicable use of the data. Frequently the weather office can provide technical advice to guide any research activities toward local operations at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
It is the responsibility of the user of this data to validate the data contents as to accuracy and as to regards to its application for the intended use.
KSC Truth Station Precipitation Measurements
Understanding the role of this released heat in driving the circulation of the global atmosphere is important to the studies of the global hydrological cycle and for testing climate models on a seasonal scale.
Ground based data from "truthing" stations, like Kennedy Space Center are used to verify and improve measurement and predictive capabilities which are part of the TRMM validation program.
Lightning Strikes at Launch Complex 39
Lightning Strikes at Launch Complex 39 Pad B (ARES I-X)
Lightning Strikes at Launch Complex 17 and 37 (Delta)
Lightning Strikes at Launch Complex 41, VIF, ASOC, LOCC and Astrotech (Atlas)
Lightning Strikes at Launch Complex 40 (Falcon)
The KSC Weather Data ftp service for viewing and downloading weather data files has been deactivated. The new public site and user interface is available to perform a database search or download of various KSC Weather data.
Electric Field Mill and Rain Gauge Data Archives
Other Meteorological Data Archives
The existing 50MHz Doppler Radar Wind Profiler is being decommissioned and being replaced. There will be no 50MHz Doppler Radar data during this transition. The current expectation is the new instrumentation will be online October 2014.