National Weather Service (NWS) Station Information System (SIS), Version 2

NWS SIS

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National Weather Service (NWS) Station Information System (SIS) contains observing station metadata from November 2016 to present. These are renditions are used for daily updates to the Historical Observing Metadata Repository (HOMR). Within this dataset there are embedded PDFs which are loaded into Environmental Document Access and Display System (EDADS) Version 2 (EV2) in the Cooperative Station History library and the JSON formatted machine readable version of the information on the PDFs which are integrated into HOMR. The station updates contain station profile information, and changes in location, instrumentation, obstructions, observers, and observation times. NCEI only receives these files when something is changed on the station, or every 3 years for a NWS-mandated update. Version 2 of this dataset includes new equipment hierarchy and minor changes to how observer information is structured in the JSON interface files.
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  • NCEI DSI 9767_07
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00990
Download Data
  • Historical Observing Metadata Repository (download)
    HOMR tracks detailed information for a variety of weather stations throughout their lifespans, including identifiers, names, locations, equipment modifications, reporting methods, etc.
  • EV2 Image Access System (download)
    EV2 Information and Data Access Page for PDF containing observing station metadata. The NWS SIS images are in the Cooperative Station History Forms Library in EV2.
Distribution Formats
  • JSON
  • PDF
Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
ncei.orders@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Historical Observing Metadata Repository (HOMR) Team
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Stations.NCDC@noaa.gov
Time Period 2016-11-01 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-11-05
Edition Version 2.0
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
Purpose These data update HOMR, the NCEI's land-based station history system, which is used in support of NCEI research, reporting, data products, and web applications. The PDFs are used by both NWS and NCEI doing data research involving COOP stations.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • McMenimen, Frank
    DOC/NOAA/NWS/OBS/SUAD > Surface and Upper Air Division, Office of Observations, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Trizna, Michael
    DOC/NOAA/NWS/OBS/SUAD > Surface and Upper Air Division, Office of Observations, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • McNeill, Shelley
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • McMenimen, Frank
    DOC/NOAA/NWS/OBS/SUAD > Surface and Upper Air Division, Office of Observations, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Trizna, Michael
    DOC/NOAA/NWS/OBS/SUAD > Surface and Upper Air Division, Office of Observations, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collaborators
  • McNeill, Shelley
    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 > Altitude > Station Height
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
  • In Situ Land-based Platforms > WEATHER STATIONS/NETWORKS > WEATHER STATIONS
  • Meteorological Stations
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Continent > > > >
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source.
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement The data are direct station metadata details provided by the National Weather Service.
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS > National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • The data are direct station metadata details provided by the National Weather Service.
    Rationale: To track any changes made to observing stations
Lineage information for: repository
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: 2018-11-05
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