GIS U.S. Snowfall MapsEntry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00704
Abstract: GIS U.S. Snowfall Maps is a web based product available at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The data is extracted from the digital dataset U.S. COOP Summary of the Month (DSI-3220). This is meteorological data from the U.S. Cooperative Observer Network (COOP), which consists of stations operated by state universities, state or federal agencies, and also private individuals whose stations ... are managed and maintained by the National Weather Service (NWS). The network includes regular NWS offices, and airports with weather stations operated by the NWS or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Network also includes U.S. military bases. There are typically about 8,000 stations operating in any one year. The earliest data is from 1886 and is organized by month. Attributes included are COOP ID, WBAN ID, Station Name, State, Year, Latitude, Longitude, Station Elevation, Monthly Snowfall, Annual Snowfall, and Seasonal Snowfall.
Purpose: To make a wide range of climatic data available to researchers and the public.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: data set
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: Ground Condition
Fees, if applicable, are displayed on the web page for obtaining these data; fees are also dependent on customer order specifications. Please contact NCDC for further information on fees and terms for retrieving these data.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: GIS U.S. Snowfall Maps
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: map
Start Date: 1886-01-01
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Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Beginning with the data for January 1982, Cooperative data were processed through a completely revised system. Relying heavily on new computer editing procedures, data have been subjected to internal consistency checks, compared against climatological limits, checked serially, and evaluated against surrounding station observations. The historical data were converted from ... existing digital files and structured into the element structure format. These data were processed through a gross value check and not the current edit system. It is NCDC's goal to bring these historical files up to the same level of quality as those from 1982 onward as resources become available. Thus, benign neglect, state of the art processing (circa 1952), and limited money/people resources have contributed toward less than optimum conditions in maintaining integrity of the digital files before 1982. Some data files contain what appears to be near duplicate records. For example, one record may contain data for January through April and show the remaining months as missing. The second record may show data for January through April as missing and the remaining months as present. The reason there are two records is that the station changed climate divisions during the year. The first record will show some division number, and the second record will show a different division number.
LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Unknown
COMPLETENESS REPORT: Completeness information not available.
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: This product was derived from U.S. COOP Summary of the Month (DSI-3220) (C00504).
PROCESS DATE: Unknown
Access Constraints ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: None
DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of current NOAA quality control procedures. NOAA can only certify that the data provided to its customers is an authentic copy of the records which were accepted for inclusion in NOAA archives. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: ArcIMS
Fees: Please See Summary
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
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Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: ncdc.metadata at noaa.gov
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Province or State: North Carolina
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-11-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-08-30