U.S. 15 Minute Precipitation Data

Precipitation 15 Minute

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U.S. 15 Minute Precipitation Data is digital data set DSI-3260, archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). This is precipitation data. The primary source of data for this file is approximately 2,000 mostly U.S. weather stations operated or managed by the U.S. National Weather Service. Stations are primary, secondary, or cooperative observer sites that have the capability to measure precipitation at 15 minute intervals. This dataset contains 15-minute precipitation data (reported 4 times per hour, if precip occurs) for U.S. stations along with selected non-U.S. stations in U.S. territories and associated nations. It includes major city locations and many small town locations. Daily total precipitation is also included as part of the data record. NCDC has in archive data from most states as far back as 1970 or 1971, and continuing to the present day. The major parameter is precipitation amounts at 15 minute intervals, when precipitation actually occurs.

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  • NCEI DSI 3260
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00505
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DistributorDOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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General Documentation
  • Precipitation 15 Minute Landing Page
    This dataset contains historical 15-minute precipitation observations for selected U.S. stations. Data values are typically delayed six months or more.
Publisher
  • 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
Originator
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Date(s)
  • publication: unknown
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose:This dataset contains historical 15-minute precipitation observations for selected U.S. stations. Data values are typically delayed six months or more.
Time Period:1970-01-01  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 72.0
S: -15.0
E: -60.0
W: 130.0
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • Atmosphere > Altitude > Station Height
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Liquid Water Equivalent
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Rate
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Rain
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
Place keywords
  • Continent > North America > United States Of America
  • Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Guam
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > American Samoa
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Marshall Islands
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Palau
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Wake Island
Stratum keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source.
  • NCEI 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. NCEI makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. 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.
  • Use Constraints: These data are made freely available to the public and the scientific community in the belief that their wide dissemination will lead to greater understanding and new scientific insights. The availability of these data does not constitute publication of the data. NOAA relies on the ethics and integrity of the user to assure that NCDC receives fair credit for their work. If the data are obtained for potential use in a publication or presentation, NCDC should be informed at the outset of the nature of this work. If the NCDC data are essential to the work, or if an important result or conclusion depends on the NCDC data, co-authorship may be appropriate. This should be discussed at an early stage in the work. Manuscripts using the NCDC data should be sent to NCDC for review before they are submitted for publication so we can insure that the quality and limitations of the data are accurately represented.
Fees
  • Electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
Processing Steps
  • Not derived from another source.
  • 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: 2016-01-15

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