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AMeDAS

Overview

  The Automated Meteorological Data Acquisition System (AMeDAS) is a collection of Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs) run by JMA for automatic observation of precipitation, wind direction/speed, temperature and sunshine duration to support real-time monitoring of weather conditions with high temporal and spatial resolution. AMeDAS data play an important role in mitigating the risk of weather-related disasters.

AMeDAS 4 elements (precipitation, wind, temperature and sunshine duration) with snow depth

An AMeDAS observing station measuring precipitation, wind direction/speed,
temperature and sunshine duration (with snow cover meter)


  JMA began operating the AMeDAS system, which currently includes as many as 1,300 rain gauges at average intervals of 17 km nationwide, on 1st November 1974. Around 840 stations also observe wind direction/speed and sunshine duration in addition to precipitation, and snow depth is observed at about 320 manned and unmanned stations in snowy districts.

List of Observation Sites

(PDF)

(CSV)


Display of AMeDAS data on the JMA website   

Latest weather → MAP/Table
Observation element Description Unit
Precipitation amount Amount of rainfall or snowfall Expressed in units of 0.5 mm. Snow, hailstone and graupel amounts are given as melted-water equivalents.
Wind direction Direction of wind origin Expressed using 16 compass points (north (N), north-northeast (NNE), northeast (NE), east-northeast (ENE), east (E), east-southeast (ESE), southeast (SE), south-southeast (SSE), south (S), south-southwest (SSW), southwest (SW), west-southwest (WSW), west (W), west-northwest (WNW), northwest (NW) and north-northwest (NNW)) based on the average for the 10-minute period before the observation time. By way of example, “northeast” represents wind blowing from the northeast.
Wind speed Velocity of wind Expressed in units of 0.1 m/s (1 m/s on maps) based on the average for the 10-minute period before the observation time.
Temperature Air temperature Expressed in units of 0.1 degrees Celsius.
Sunshine duration Number of hours of sunshine Expressed in units of 0.1 hours (6 minutes). By way of example, an hour of sunshine (e.g., from 11:00 to 12:00) is expressed as 1 hour.
Snow depth Height of snow surface from the ground Expressed in units of 1 cm.

Examples of AMeDAS Data on the JMA Website
NameTime TemperaturePrecipitation amountWind direction and speedSunshine durationSnow depth
Map Map Time Map Temperature Map Precipitation amount Map Wind direction and speed Map Sunshine duration Map Snow depth
Table Table


AMeDAS Observation Network

AMeDAS observation network (as of 30 November 2016)

AMeDAS observation network (as of 30 November 2016)

AMeDAS station (4 elemnts)


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