U.S. Hourly Precipitation Data
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      gov.noaa.ncdc:C00313
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      eng; USA
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      2023-06-23
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Identification info: Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: U.S. Hourly Precipitation Data Alternate title: Precipitation Hourly Date: Date: Date: 1951-10 Date type: Date type code: publication Identifier: Identifier: Code: NCEI DSI 3240_01 Identifier: Identifier: Code: NCEI DSI 3240_02 Identifier: Identifier: Code: gov.noaa.ncdc:C00313 Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Role: Role code: publisher Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Position name: User Engagement and Services Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: +1 (828) 271-4800 Facsimile: +1 (828) 271-4876 Address: Address: Delivery point: 151 Patton Avenue Delivery point: Veach-Baley Federal Building, Room 468 City: Asheville Administrative area: NC Postal code: 28801-5001 Country: USA Electronic mail address: ncei.orders@noaa.gov Hours of service: 8:00 - 6:00 Eastern Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Position name: User Engagement and Services Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: +1 (828) 271-4800 Facsimile: +1 (828) 271-4876 Address: Address: Delivery point: 151 Patton Avenue Delivery point: Veach-Baley Federal Building, Room 468 City: Asheville Administrative area: NC Postal code: 28801-5001 Country: USA Electronic mail address: ncei.orders@noaa.gov Hours of service: 8:00 - 6:00 Eastern Role: Role code: author Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Position name: User Engagement and Services Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: +1 (828) 271-4800 Facsimile: +1 (828) 271-4876 Address: Address: Delivery point: 151 Patton Avenue Delivery point: Veach-Baley Federal Building, Room 468 City: Asheville Administrative area: NC Postal code: 28801-5001 Country: USA Electronic mail address: ncei.orders@noaa.gov Hours of service: 8:00 - 6:00 Eastern Role: Role code: author Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Position name: User Engagement and Services Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: +1 828-271-4800 Facsimile: +1 828-271-4876 Address: Address: Delivery point: Federal Building, Room 468 Delivery point: 151 Patton Avenue City: Asheville Administrative area: NC Postal code: 28801-5001 Country: USA Electronic mail address: ncei.orders@noaa.gov Hours of service: 8:00 - 5:00 Eastern Role: Role code: publisher Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: missing Contact info: Contact: Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/hpd/hpd.html Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Information Name: Hourly Precipitation Dataset Homepage Description: Informational resources and data from the Hourly Precipitation dataset. Function: Online function code: information Role: missing Presentation form: Presentation form code: tableDigital Abstract: Hourly Precipitation Data (HPD) is digital data set DSI-3240, archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The primary source of data for this file is approximately 5,500 US National Weather Service (NWS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and cooperative observer stations in the United States of America, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and various Pacific Islands. The earliest data dates vary considerably by state and region: Maine, Pennsylvania, and Texas have data since 1900. The western Pacific region that includes Guam, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau have data since 1978. Other states and regions have earliest dates between those extremes. The latest data in all states and regions is from the present day. The major parameter in DSI-3240 is precipitation amounts, which are measurements of hourly or daily precipitation accumulation. Accumulation was for longer periods of time if for any reason the rain gauge was out of service or no observer was present. DSI 3240_01 contains data grouped by state; DSI 3240_02 contains data grouped by year. Purpose: This dataset contains historical hourly precipitation observations for selected U.S. stations. Data values are typically delayed six months or more. Status: Progress code: underDevelopment Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Position name: Customer Engagement Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 1-828-271-4800 Facsimile: 1-828-271-4876 Address: Address: Delivery point: 151 Patton Avenue Delivery point: Veach-Baley Federal Building, Room 468 City: Asheville Administrative area: NC Postal code: 28801-5001 Country: USA Electronic mail address: ncei.orders@noaa.gov Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Web Browser Name: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Description: NCEI home page with information, data access and contact information. Function: Online function code: information Hours of service: 8:00 - 6:00 Eastern Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Graphic overview: BrowseGraphic: File name: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/pub/data/metadata/images/C00313_preciphr.png File description: Hourly Precipitation Data GIS image File type: PNG Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Earth Science > Atmosphere > Altitude > Station Height Keyword: Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Amount Keyword: Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Precipitation Rate Keyword: Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Liquid Precipitation > Rain Keyword: Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Solid Precipitation > Snow Type: Keyword type code: theme Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Date: Date: Date: 2018 Date type: Date type code: revision Edition: Version 8.6 Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Global Change Data Center, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Contact info: Contact: Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/about/gcmd/global-change-master-directory-gcmd-keywords Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Web Browser Name: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keywords Description: The information provided on this page seeks to define how the GCMD Keywords are structured, used and accessed. It also provides information on how users can participate in the further development of the keywords. Function: Online function code: information Role: Role code: publisher Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Land Surface Type: Keyword type code: product Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: Keyword Thesaurus Title Date: missing Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Geographic Region > Polar Keyword: Geographic Region > Mid-Latitude Keyword: Geographic Region > Equatorial Keyword: Continent > North America > United States Of America Keyword: Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Puerto Rico Keyword: Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands Keyword: Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands Keyword: Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Guam Keyword: Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > American Samoa Keyword: Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Marshall Islands Keyword: Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia Keyword: Ocean > Pacific Ocean > Western Pacific Ocean > Micronesia > Palau Type: Keyword type code: place Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Date: Date: Date: 2018 Date type: Date type code: revision Edition: Version 8.6 Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Global Change Data Center, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Contact info: Contact: Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/about/gcmd/global-change-master-directory-gcmd-keywords Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Web Browser Name: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keywords Description: The information provided on this page seeks to define how the GCMD Keywords are structured, used and accessed. It also provides information on how users can participate in the further development of the keywords. Function: Online function code: information Role: Role code: publisher Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Vertical Location > Land Surface Type: Keyword type code: stratum Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Date: Date: Date: 2018 Date type: Date type code: revision Edition: Version 8.6 Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Global Change Data Center, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Contact info: Contact: Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/about/gcmd/global-change-master-directory-gcmd-keywords Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Web Browser Name: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keywords Description: The information provided on this page seeks to define how the GCMD Keywords are structured, used and accessed. It also provides information on how users can participate in the further development of the keywords. Function: Online function code: information Role: Role code: publisher Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Keyword: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Type: Keyword type code: dataCentre Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords Date: Date: Date: 2018 Date type: Date type code: revision Edition: Version 8.6 Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Global Change Data Center, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Contact info: Contact: Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/about/gcmd/global-change-master-directory-gcmd-keywords Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Web Browser Name: Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keywords Description: The information provided on this page seeks to define how the GCMD Keywords are structured, used and accessed. It also provides information on how users can participate in the further development of the keywords. Function: Online function code: information Role: Role code: publisher Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Cite dataset when used as a source. Resource constraints: title: Distribution Liability Legal constraints: uuid: dadd4ac3-2b9f-4db5-8603-71285b94c3d7 Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, 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. Resource constraints: title: Use Liability Legal constraints: uuid: e8163b1b-fb5a-4f4e-8d5c-ed06da10e21b Use constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose. Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Hourly Precipitation Data (HPD) Publication Date: Date: Date: 1951-10-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Position name: User Engagement and Services Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: +1 (828) 271-4800 Facsimile: +1 (828) 271-4876 Address: Address: Delivery point: 151 Patton Avenue Delivery point: Federal Building, Room 468 City: Asheville Administrative area: NC Postal code: 28801-5001 Country: USA Electronic mail address: ncei.orders@noaa.gov Hours of service: 8:00 - 6:00 Eastern Role: Role code: publisher Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: missing Contact info: Contact: Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/metadata/geoportal/rest/metadata/item/gov.noaa.ncdc:C00127/html Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Web Browser Name: Hourly Precipitation Data (HPD) Publication Description: Follow the link for more information about the related Hourly Precipitation Data Publication. Function: Online function code: information Role: inapplicable Association Type: Association type code: largerWorkCitation Initiative Type: Initiative type code: collection Language: eng; USA Topic category: Topic category code: climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: West bound longitude: 130.0 East bound longitude: -60.0 South bound latitude: -15.0 North bound latitude: 72.0 Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time period: Begin date: 1940-01-01 End date: 2013-12-31
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Content info: Feature catalogue description: Included with dataset: missing Feature catalogue citation: Citation: Title: Entity and Attribute Overview: Hourly Precipitation Data (labeled Precipitation Hourly in Climate Data Online system) is a database that gives time-sequenced hourly precipitation amounts for a network of over 7000 reporting station located primarily in the United States. Data is collected from a variety of sources including National Weather Service reporting stations, volunteer cooperative observers, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), utility companies, etc. Date: inapplicable
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Distribution info: Distribution: Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: title: NCEI (distributor) Responsible party: uuid: 440b3ac2-64a5-46e2-9846-38305718b644 Organisation name: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: ncei.info@noaa.gov Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/contact Name: NCEI Contact Information Description: Information for contacts at NCEI. Function: Online function code: information Role: Role code: distributor Distribution Order Process: Standard order process: Fees: In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free. However, fees may apply for custom orders, data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media. Ordering instructions: Contact NCEI for other distribution options and instructions. Distributor format: Format: Name: CSV Version: missing Distributor format: Format: Name: fixed-length ASCII text Version: missing Distributor format: Format: Name: ArcGIS Version: missing Distributor format: Format: Name: KMZ Version: missing Distributor format: Format: Name: PDF Version: missing Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/metadata/geoportal/rest/metadata/item/gov.noaa.ncdc:C00313/html Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Landing Page Name: NCEI Dataset Landing Page Description: Landing page for the dataset. Function: Online function code: information Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/search?datasetid=PRECIP_HLY# Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Data Search Application Name: NCEI Climate Data Online Data Search Description: Search for the dataset via a text-based interface. Function: Online function code: search Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/maps/hourly/?layers=001 Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Map Search Application Name: NCEI Climate Data Online Map Server Description: Dynamic GIS mapping application to locate stations and data for selected layers. Function: Online function code: search Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/pub/data/hourly_precip-3240/ Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Download Name: Direct Download (Dataset Files) Description: Direct download for the dataset. Function: Online function code: download Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/cdo/precip_hly/MapServer Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: REST Name: NCEI ArcGIS REST Services Directory Description: ArcGIS Server REST API for the dataset. Function: Online function code: search Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://gis.ncdc.noaa.gov/kml/precip_hly.kmz Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: KML Name: KMZ file for dataset Description: Direct download link for KMZ file. Function: Online function code: download Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/pub/data/cdo/documentation/PRECIP_HLY_documentation.pdf Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Documentation Name: NCEI Dataset Documentation Description: Documentation of the dataset including a data description, format layout and definitions. Function: Online function code: information Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/pub/data/cdo/samples/PRECIP_HLY_sample_csv.csv Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Sample Name: Hourly Precipitation CSV Sample Description: This sample data file shows how the data are formatted in CSV and is for example purposes only. Function: Online function code: download Distributor transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/pub/data/cdo/samples/PRECIP_HLY_sample_ascii.dat Protocol: HTTPS Application profile: Sample Name: Hourly Precipitation fixed-length ASCII Sample Description: This sample data file shows how the data are formatted in fixed-length ASCII text and is for example purposes only. Function: Online function code: download
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Data quality info: Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Lineage: Lineage: Statement: The data in this file are a combination of original observations of hourly and daily accumulated precipitation. Precipitation values are checked and edited as necessary by an automated and manual edit. Process step: Process Step: Description: Fischer-Porter precipitation gauges record data on punched paper tapes. A device known as the Mitron reader translates the data at NCDC. The Universal Rain gauge records data on paper charts. The precipitation recorded on the charts is then digitized. The data from the Surface Climate Information Archive and Dissemination System (SCIADS) or primary stations is also entered. Date and time: unknown Source: Source: Description: Keyed and digitized rain gage forms (historic) and digitally captured precipitation from automated stations (modern). Source citation: Citation: Title: Data from weighing rain gages, Fischer-Porter gages, Universal rain gages and in recent years, more modern measuring equipment in conjunction with automated recording sites Date: missing Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Role: Role code: publisher Source extent: Extent: Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time period: Begin date: 1940-01-01 End date: 2013-12-31 Source step: xlink: ps001
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Data quality info: Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: repository Level description: Scope description: Other: NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Lineage: Lineage: Process step: Process Step: Description: 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. Date and time: 2015-04-22T00:00:00
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Metadata maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Maintenance note: Bulk metadata change applied on 2023-06-23. See version control repository history for metadata change details.
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Acquisition: Acquisition Information: Instrument: Instrument: Identifier: Identifier: Code: AWS > AUTOMATED WEATHER SYSTEM Type: missing Instrument: Instrument: Identifier: Identifier: Code: RAIN GAUGES Type: missing Platform: Platform: Identifier: Identifier: Code: METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS Description: missing Instrument: missing
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