Many people have many different ways of achieving different
goals. Like the observers participating in the VOS programme, we are all
prone to adapt to routine behavour. This enables us to achieve our aim with
less effort, but dangers lure around the corners. Errors, once adopted, are
hard to change. This goes especially for those errors that are not corrected
in time, and are made over long periods of time. Unfortunately the PMO has
only limited access to those that are making weather observations at sea.
The occasional rendevous in port, is usually not long enough to go into
lengthy detail about the quality of the observations. In many occasions it is not
clear who is responsable for errors occuring in the observations. Promptly feedback
is nessecary but costly in manpower and communication.
Therefor we tried to give a little more insight in the
most commonly occuring errors that are made in Ships' observations format (Fm13). Although we
have supplied our Dutch VOS fleet with Turbo program, many handmade observations
still reach us through LES 12, Burum. It will take time to equip the entire
VOS fleet with the Turbo program. In the mean time a lot of corrections have
to be made in the manual observations.
The observations are sent to us from Burum (station 12) and automaticly
checked. Common errors are corrected automaticly. If not, the PMO gets to see the erroneous nessages and he decides if this error is recurring (feedback
to ship) or the error is just a mistake (no feedback to ship necessary).
The errors you will find here are all examples of obs's
send to us. We changed the call signs, as these examples are for educational