U.S. Local Climatological Data (LCD)

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Local Climatological Data (LCD) are summaries of climatological conditions from airport and other prominent weather stations managed by NWS, FAA, and DOD. The product includes hourly observations and associated remarks, and a record of hourly precipitation for the entire month. Also included are daily summaries summarizing temperature extremes, degree days, precipitation amounts and winds. The tabulated monthly summaries in the product include maximum, minimum, and average temperature, temperature departure from normal, dew point temperature, average station pressure, ceiling, visibility, weather type, wet bulb temperature, relative humidity, degree days (heating and cooling), daily precipitation, average wind speed, fastest wind speed/direction, sky cover, and occurrences of sunshine, snowfall and snow depth. The source data is global hourly (DSI 3505) which includes a number of quality control checks.
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  • NCEI DSI 3505
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    Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    1-828-271-4800
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    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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    Time Period 1931-01-01 to Present
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
    N: 72.0
    S: -15.0
    E: -64.0
    W: 134.0
    Spatial Coverage Map
    Dataset Information
    • Local Climatological Data (LCD) Description
      Local Climatological Data is a monthly summary consisting of: 1) Summary sheet containing daily extremes and averages of temperature , departures from normal, average dew point and wet bulb temperatures, degree days, significant weather, precipitation, snowfall, snow depth, station and sea level pressure, and average and extreme wind speeds; 2) Hourly observations of most of these same weather elements plus sky conditions and visibility; 3) Hourly coded remarks; and 4) Hourly Precipitation table. The LCD is provided for approximately 1000 U.S. stations since 2005.
    General Documentation
    Publication Dates
    • publication: 2005
    Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
    Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
    Data Update Frequency Monthly
    Purpose The LCD product provides a local, long-term, quality controlled climate dataset from land-based in situ observations.
    Dataset Citation
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    Cited Authors
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOD/USAF > U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense
    • DOT/FAA > Federal Aviation Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation
    Originators
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOD/USAF > U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense
    • DOT/FAA > Federal Aviation Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation
    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 > Maximum/Minimum Temperature
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Temperature Anomalies
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Degree Days
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
    • Earth Science > Cryosphere > Sea 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 Temperature > Surface Temperature
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Anomalies
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Air Quality > Visibility
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Dew Point Temperature
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Water Vapor Indicators > Humidity
    • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Ceiling
    Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOD/USAF > U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense
    • DOT/FAA > Federal Aviation Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation
    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 > Central Pacific Ocean > Guam
    • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > American Samoa
    • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Palau
    • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Marshall Islands
    • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia
    Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
    • Vertical Location > Land Surface
    Use Constraints
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    Lineage Statement This dataset was produced by and is archived at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
    Last Modified: 2018-05-25
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