Global Climate Summaries

Global Climate Summaries

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The Global Hourly Summaries are simple indicators of observational normals which include climatic data summarizations and frequency distributions. These typically are statistical analyses of station data over 5-, 10-, 20-, 30-year or longer time periods. In a GIS map service, the results of these calculations are represented by a given symbology set for different statistical criteria and observation type. Having the ability to modify the symbology "on-the-fly" is a useful tool in the analysis of station trends, accuracy, and regional or localized variances. The summaries are computed from the global surface hourly dataset. This dataset totaling over 350 gigabytes is comprised of 40 different types of weather observations with 20,000 stations worldwide. NCDC and the U.S. Navy have developed these value added products in the form of hourly summaries from many of these observations. These data are a subset of the Integrated Surface Hourly dataset (DSI-3505) (C00532).

Cite this dataset when used as a source.

  • NCEI DSI 3505 (Subset)
  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00652
Dataset Information
Online Access
Distribution Formats
  • CSV
  • fixed-length ASCII text
  • ArcGIS
DistributorDOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset  Point of Contact User Engagment and Services Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
828-271-4800
ncdc.orders@noaa.gov
General Documentation
  • Global Climate Summaries Landing Page
    The Global Climate Summaries are simple indicators of observational averages which include climatic data summarizations and frequency distributions. These typically are statistical analyses of station data over 5-, 10-, 20-, 30-year or longer time periods or for customized periods. Summaries for the following weather elements are available: Ceiling-visibility, dew point statistics, flying conditions, relative humidity, sky cover, sea-level pressure, station pressure, temperature, wind speed / direction, and present weather. Data were derived from stations observing global hourly data. These data may have conditions placed on their international commercial use. For details, please see WMO Resolution 40 or contact NCEI.
  • NCEI Dataset Documentation
    Documentation of the dataset including a data description, format layout and definitions.
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: 2001-01-01
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: As needed
Purpose:The Global Climate Station Summaries are simple indicators of observational averages which include climatic data summarizations and frequency distributions. These typically are statistical analyses of station data over 5-, 10-, 20-, 30-year or longer time periods or for customized periods. Summaries for the following weather elements are available: Ceiling-visibility, dew point statistics, flying conditions, relative humidity, sky cover, sea-level pressure, station pressure, temperature, wind speed / direction, and present weather. Data were derived from stations observing global hourly data. These data may have conditions placed on their international commercial use. For details, please see WMO Resolution 40 or contact NCEI.
Time Period:1901-01-01  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Air Quality > Visibility
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Pressure > Sea Level Pressure
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Dew Point Temperature
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Upper Level Winds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Amount/Frequency
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Ceiling
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
Place keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global Land
Stratum keywords
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Stratosphere
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source.
  • The following data and products may have conditions placed on their international commercial use. They can be used within the U.S. or for non-commercial international activities without restriction. The non-U.S. data cannot be redistributed for commercial purposes. Re-distribution of these data by others must provide this same notification. A log of IP addresses accessing these data and products will be maintained and may be made available to data providers. For details, please consult WMO Resolution 40, at http://www.wmo.int/pages/about/Resolution40.html. If you have questions about NCEI's implementation of this resolution, please contact NCEI at ncdc.orders@noaa.gov, 828-271-4800.
  • 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.
Fees
  • Electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage StatementThe Global Hourly Surface Data Summaries are a subset from the Integrated Surface Hourly dataset (DSI-3505) that allow for "on-the-fly" calculations for users.
Processing Steps
  • 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.
Source Datasets

Last Modified: 2016-01-15

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