Summary of the Day (CDMP)

CDMP SOD

This Summary of the Day data file contains daily selected elements of observations recorded by certified observers. The stations were located in the U.S. and were operated by the United States Weather Bureau (later the National Weather Service) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This data file spans 1945-1948. These first and second order stations were usually fully instrumented and therefore recorded a complete range of meteorological parameters. The observations were generally recorded for the 24-HR period midnight to midnight. There are a total of 169 stations with recorded observations in this dataset. Stations have varying periods of record and varying types of data elements. In the early years of aviation most stations were located in major cities. As aviation became more sophisticated, stations shifted to airports. Official surface weather observation standards can be found in the Circular N manuals. Images from which the data originated are available on a web based system owned by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
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Time Period 1945-01-01 to 1948-12-31 (time interval: 1-day)
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 72.0
S: 18.0
E: -66.0
W: 172.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
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General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2005-02-01
  • creation: 2005-02-01
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose Prior to this project, the Summary of the Day data were only available in manuscript form. As part of the mission of the National Climatic Data Center's (NCDC) Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP), NCDC embarked upon a massive project to preserve these paper records, and make their data more accessible. To that end, these records were keyed, leading to this dataset. These observations may be integrated with hourly in-situ datasets to extend the period of record.
Dataset Citation
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Cited Authors
  • Joe Elms
    NCDC Climate Database Modernization Program
  • Jason Cooper
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Originators
  • Joe Elms
    NCDC Climate Database Modernization Program
Collaborators
  • Jason Cooper
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Atmospheric Pressure Measurements
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Dew Point Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Air Quality > Visibility
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Fraction
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Height
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds > Wind Speed
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds > Wind Direction
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation
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
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • Fixed Observation Stations
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • Thermometers
  • Rain Gauges
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
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
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
Use Constraints
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Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Data in this dataset were keyed by contract staff under the Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP), sent to NCDC via FTP.
Processor
  • Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP)
Source Datasets
  • Cooperative Weather Observations
    • Cooperative Weather Observations
      More information about the actual forms used are available in the Cooperative Weather Observations landing page.
    • Description of Source: Summary of Day was keyed from forms in the Cooperative Observations library.
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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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