GOES East/West Satellite Soundings Files (23L)
GOES-12/10 satellite sounding files are available in both McIDAS and
binary format, for the latest 24 hours. The files are generated hourly,
and contain GOES East/West soundings over the continental U.S. and adjacent ocean areas.
GOES-East/West Soundings Binary Files
The date and time of the GOES-East/West soundings binary files are identified by the file names. The format is:
gN.YYDDD.HHMMZ, where N is 14(East) or 15(West), YY is Year, DDD is Julian Day, HH is Hour (GMT)
and MM is Minute (GMT).
For example, file g14.12276.1420Z contains GOES-14 soundings for Julian Day 276
(Oct 2) of Year 2012, for the sounder scan beginning at 1420 GMT.
Binary soundings file format.
The binary soundings files are generated on a big endian machine. Please
use the appropriate FORTRAN program below to unpack and read these
If you are running on a big endian machine:
Use the program, rdgret.f, which is available for download.
If you are running on a little endian machine:
Use the program, rdgret_swap.f, which is available for download. This
version of the program will swap the byte order of the data for you.