Quality Controlled Local Climatological Data (QCLCD) Publication

browse graphicQuality Controlled Local Climatological Data GIS image of station locations.
Quality Controlled Local Climatological Data (QCLCD) contains summaries from major airport weather stations that include a daily account of temperature extremes, degree days, precipitation amounts and winds. Also included are the hourly precipitation amounts and abbreviated 3-hourly weather observations. The source data is global hourly (DSI 3505) which includes a number of quality control checks. The local climatological data annual file is produced from the National Weather Service (NWS) first and second order stations. The monthly summaries include maximum, minimum, and average temperature, temperature departure from normal, dew point temperature, average station pressure, ceiling, visibility, weather type, wet bulb temperature, relative humidity, degree days (heating and cooling), daily precipitation, average wind speed, fastest wind speed/direction, sky cover, and occurrences of sunshine, snowfall and snow depth. The annual summary with comparative data contains monthly and annual averages of the above basic climatological data in the meteorological data for the current year section, a table of the normals, means, and extremes of these same data, and sequential table of monthly and annual values of average temperature, total precipitation, total snowfall, and total degree days. Also included is a station location table showing in detail a history of, and relative information about, changes in the locations and exposure of instruments.

Cite this dataset when used as a source.

  • gov.noaa.ncdc:C00679
Online Access
Distribution Formats
  • CSV
  • ArcGIS
  • KMZ
  • PDF
DistributorDOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset  Point of Contact Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
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General Documentation
  • Quality Controlled Local Climatological Data (QCLCD) Publication Landing Page
    Dataset landing page with general information and access links for the dataset.
  • Quality Controlled Local Climatological Data (QCLCD) Description
    Quality-Controlled Local Climatological Data is a monthly summary consisting of: 1) Summary sheet containing daily extremes and averages of temperature , departures from normal, average dew point and wet bulb temperatures, degree days, significant weather, precipitation, snowfall, snow depth, station and sea level pressure, and average and extreme wind speeds; 2) Hourly observations of most of these same weather elements plus sky conditions and visibility; 3) Hourly coded remarks; and 4) Hourly Precipitation table. The QCLCD is provided for approximately 1000 U.S. stations since 2005.
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: 1996-01-01
Data Presentation Form: Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Daily
Purpose:The QCLCD Publication provides a long-term, quality controlled climate dataset from land-basaed in situ observations.
Time Period:1882-01-01  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 72.0
S: -15.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map:
Theme keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE > MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Temperature Anomalies
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Degree Days
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
  • Cryosphere > Sea Ice > Snow Depth
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Radiation > Sunshine
  • Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Amount/Frequency
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE
  • Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Anomalies
  • Atmosphere > Air Quality > Visibility
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature > Dew Point Temperature
  • Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor > Humidity
  • Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Properties > Cloud Ceiling
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 > Puerto Rico
  • 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 > Palau
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Marshall Islands
  • Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia
Stratum keywords
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
  • Vertical Location > Stratosphere
Use Constraints
  • 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.
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
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.

Last Modified: 2016-05-05

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