Comparative Climatic Data

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Comparative Climatic Data is a publication containing data tables of meteorological elements; the publication outlines the climatic conditions at major weather observing stations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Pacific islands. The data are from observing sites presently in use or include data from former sites that are comparable in exposure. Stations having less than three years of data for the current operating site are omitted from the tables of observed data. Some elements will not be in the table for weather stations that do not regularly report that element. Major parameters are monthly and annual values: averages of cloudiness (clear, partly cloudy, cloudy), relative humidity (%), snowfall (in.), and wind speed (mph); mean number of days with minimum temperature 32 deg. F or less and precipitation 0.01 in. or more; average percent of possible sunshine and highest and lowest temperature (Deg F) and maximum wind speed (mph) of record. Monthly and annual normals of maximum, minimum and average temperatures (deg. F), precipitation (in.), and heating-degree days and cooling-degree days (base 65 deg. F).
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Time Period 1860-01-01 to 2015-12-31
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 72.0
S: -15.0
E: -64.0
W: 134.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • U.S Comparative Climatic Data
Publication Dates
  • publication: 1977-04-01
Data Presentation Form Digital image
Hardcopy image - image archived in analog format
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose Comparative Climatic Data tables are arranged so that values of the same element can be compared for different locations by use of a single table. This enables researchers or data users to compare parameters across stations over time.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Maximum/Minimum Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Temperature Anomalies
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Anomalies
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Solid Precipitation > Snow
  • Earth Science > Terrestrial Hydrosphere > Snow/Ice > Snow Depth
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Sunshine
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Frequency
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Water Vapor Indicators > Humidity
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Atmospheric Temperature Indices > Cooling Degree Days
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Atmospheric Temperature Indices > Heating Degree Days
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Precipitation
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Air Temperature
  • Terrestrial - Snow Cover
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Wind Speed And Direction
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Cloud Properties
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • Fixed Observation Stations
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • Thermometers
  • Rain Gauges
  • Anemometers
  • Visual Observations
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Puerto Rico
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Guam
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > American Samoa
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Marshall Islands
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Palau
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • Point Resolution
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Vertical Data Resolution Keywords
  • Point Resolution
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Data were extracted by individual stations from Local Climatological Data Annual Summaries and later, GHCN-D. Data selected for inclusion met certain criteria: data were from observing sites presently in use or include data from former sites that are comparable in exposure, and stations having less than three years of data for the current operating site are omitted from the tables of observed data
Source Datasets
  • Local Climatological Data
    • Local Climatological Data
      More information about the source data.
    • Description of Source: Data in this publication have been extracted from the Normals Means and Extremes table contained in the Local Climatological Data Annual Summary
    • Temporal extent used: 1977 to 2010
  • Global Historical Climatology Network - Daily (GHCN-Daily)
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-05-25
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