U.S. Global Surface Airways Hourly Observations (DSI-3280)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00215

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Summary
Abstract: U.S. Global Surface Airways Hourly Observations is digital data set DSI-3280, archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). This is meteorological data. This data set contains hourly or 3-hourly surface weather observations that are taken primarily at major airports and military bases. The stations are operated by the US National Weather Service (NWS), US Air Force Air Weather Service (AWS), U.S. Navy, and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The NWS and FAA sites are located in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and several other Pacific locations. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force operate weather observing stations at military bases worldwide. Observations are made by trained personnel, or by automated equipment that has been tested by the controlling agency. Stations are usually fully instrumented and therefore record a complete range of meteorological parameters. Observations are generally recorded for the 24-hour period midnight to midnight. Basically, the major parameters are clouds, visibility, winds, air temperature, sky cover, relative humidity, air pressure, and present weather. However, there have been several historical changes in the way observations have been recorded, including the advent of the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) in 1992. The detailed parameters, allowing for such changes, are: sky condition in tenths and height per layer; sky condition in eighths and height per layer; altimeter setting; sky condition in tenths and cloud coverage by layer; sky condition in eighths and cloud coverage by layer; ceiling height; cloud type and height by layer; total amount of sky cover by the first two cloud layers and by the first three cloud layers; dew point temperature in tenths Celsius; dew point temperature in Fahrenheit; horizontal visibility; station pressure; present weather code; present weather between 5 and 10 statute miles in vicinity; relative humidity; sea level pressure; air temperature in tenths Celsius; air temperature in Fahrenheit; wet bulb temperature in tenths Fahrenheit; total sky cover in eighths; total sky cover and total opaque sky cover measured in tenths; wind direction and speed to 16 points; wind direction and speed; and wind direction and speed from ASOS. All parameters are not reported by all stations. The oldest data is in manuscript form. Older manuscript data is added to the archived digital data set from time to time; the earliest digital data is currently from 1936.Users must be aware that DSI-3280 and DSI-3283 (C00365) are similar. The only difference is that DSI-3280 contains quality controlled data that has been hand checked by personnel at the National Climatic Data Center. DSI-3283 only contains data that is automatically quality controlled, therefore, it is considered to be raw data.

Purpose: To make a wide range of climatic data available to researchers and the public.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: data set

CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: Ground Condition

Related URL
Link: VIEW EXTENDED METADATA
Description: View Source Metadata document from the Metadata Manager and Repository (NMMR).


Link: VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
Description: NCDC Dataset Documentation for DSI-3280


Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: U.S. Global Surface Airways Hourly Observations (DSI-3280)
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital data
Online Resource: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/documentlibrary/surface-doc.html#3280


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1936-01-01


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL LAND


Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: Hourly


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >VISIBILITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >BAROMETRIC ALTITUDE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ALTITUDE >STATION HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >CYCLONES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >FOG    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >HURRICANES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >LIGHTNING    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >STORMS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >TORNADOES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >TYPHOONS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >PRESSURE TENDENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SEA LEVEL PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SURFACE PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >DEW POINT TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >HUMIDITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD CEILING    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD TYPES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >FREEZING RAIN    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >HAIL    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION RATE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >RAIN    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >SLEET    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >SNOW    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS >ASH/DUST COMPOSITION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >WIND TENDENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD BASE HEIGHT    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ELEVATION


Platform
ASOS >Automated Surface Observing System    [Information]
METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS    [Information]


Instrument
ALTIMETERS    [Information]
AEROVANES    [Information]
ANEMOMETERS    [Information]
AWS >Automated Weather System    [Information]
BAROMETERS    [Information]
DRY BULB THERMOMETERS    [Information]
HUMIDITY SENSORS    [Information]
HYGROMETERS    [Information]
PRESSURE SENSORS
RAIN GAUGES    [Information]
TEMPERATURE SENSORS    [Information]
THERMOMETERS    [Information]
WET BULB THERMOMETERS    [Information]
WIND VANES    [Information]
PYRANOMETERS    [Information]
VISUAL OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Quality
LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Unknown

COMPLETENESS REPORT: Completeness information not available.

LINEAGE/PROCESS STEP:
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: Not derived from another source
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


Keywords
GLOBAL LAND
GOSIC
G3OS/


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center


Data Center
National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/
Dataset ID: ______DSI-3280 ____

Data Center Personnel
Name: NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA


Personnel
NCDC METADATA SERVICES
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.metadata at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: North Carolina
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-06-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-20

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