first-order station

first-order station

[¦fərst ‚ȯrd·ər ′stā·shən]
(meteorology)
After U.S. National Weather Service practice, any meteorological station that is staffed in whole or in part by National Weather Service (Civil Service) personnel, regardless of the type or extent of work required of that station.
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However, the data sets from those stations are plagued with breaks, relocations, and discontinuations, while Fairbanks has a complete time series for 100 years and is one of the 21 first-order stations currently in service in Alaska.

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