Weighing Rain Gauge Recording Charts

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Weighing rain gauge charts record the amount of precipitation that falls at a given location. The vast majority of the Weighing Rain Gauge Recording Charts collection comes from the National Weather Service, cooperative stations, and the Pacific Islands, however, there are some forms that were provided through international organizations and agreements. Throughout much of the history of the collection, observations were taken on paper. However, much of the paper was converted to other media. Of those records that were converted, records are available on microfilm from 1888 through 1972 and on microfiche between 1973 and the mid-1990s. Data contains continuous recording of precipitation amounts to one-hundredth of an inch.
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  • NCEI WebARTIS: CHTRG1
  • NCEI WebARTIS: CHTRG2
  • NCEI WebARTIS: CHTWRG
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  • MICROFICHE / PAPER / MICROFILM
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Time Period 1888-01-01 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 70
S: 0
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
    No administrative dates available
Data Presentation Form Hardcopy image - image archived in analog format
Dataset Progress Status Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Supplemental Information
In the 1980s and 1990s some charts are noted as originating from first-order (professionally manned sites with hourly observations) and second-order (manned by trained staff with fewer elements and less frequent observations) stations.
Purpose Precipitation is a critical component of understanding the climate. Charts record resolution to one minute, providing the opportunity for increased understanding of heavy precipitation events.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • International Organizations
Originators
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • International Organizations
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 > Precipitation
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Surface - Precipitation
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
  • Meteorological Stations
  • WEATHER STATIONS
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • Rain Gauges
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Northern Hemisphere
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement The National Weather Service produced the vast majority of the weighing rain gauge forms. However, other organizations and groups also contributed to the collection.
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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.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • RAIN GAUGES
Platform
  • METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS
Last Modified: 2018-11-05
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