Weather Data formatted for ClimDB — Research Context

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This datatable is part of the LTER Meteorological Stations dataset.

Meteorological data have been collected on the LTER main site since 1988.

Originally, wind direction and speed, total solar radiation, net solar radiation, rainfall, air temperature, and relative humidity were recorded hourly in connection with measurements of evapotranspiration and deep percolation from a 6 m2 in-ground weighing lysimeter. The lysimeter and fetch area were planted to continuous alfalfa.

Although the lysimeter is no longer in operation, weather data collection continues. Precipitation was measured with a tipping bucket rain gauge until fall of 1997, when it was replaced with a weighing bucket rain gauge. In 2007 the belford rain gauge was replaced by a NOAH IV weighing bucket gage. All other sensors are electronic, connected to a data logger that is polled remotely. Instruments to measure wind speed and direction are mounted on a tower at 10 m. Light sensors (net solar radiation and photosynthetically active radiation) a thermometer, and an RH probe (with a built-in thermometer) are mounted at about 3 m. Soil moisture and temperature are monitored near the base of the tower.


Experiment: Research Context
Data available from: January 1988 to February 2017
Dataset: KBS002
Datatable ID: KBS002-011.133
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Last Updated 2024-03-18
Variate Description Units
LTER Site A code identifying the lter site
Station A code identifying the weather station
Date Date of the observation
Daily Precip Total mm Daily precipitation mm
Flag Daily Precip Total mm Flag for the precipitation number
Daily AirTemp Mean C Mean daily air temperature C
Flag Daily AirTemp Mean C Flag for the daily mean air temperature
Daily AirTemp AbsMax C Maximum daily air temperature C
Flag Daily AirTemp AbsMax C Flag for the maximum daily air temperature
Daily AirTemp AbsMin C Minimum daily air temperature C
Flag Daily AirTemp AbsMin C Flag for the minimum daily air temperature
Daily Atmpressure Mean hpa Mean daily air pressure
Flag Daily Atmpressure Mean hpa Flag for the mean daily air pressure
Daily GlobalRad Total mjm2 Daily global solar radiations
Flag Daily GlobalRad Total mjm2 Flag for the daily solar radiation
Daily RH Mean pct Mean daily relative humidity
Flag Daily RH Mean pct Flag for the daily mean relative humidity
Daily WindDir Mean deg Daily average wind direction
Flag Daily WindDir Mean deg Flag for the daily mean wind speed
Daily WindSp Mean msec Daily mean wind speed
Flag Daily WindSp Mean msec Flag for the daily mean wind speed

Data Excerpt

LTER_Site Station Date Daily_Precip_Total_mm Flag_Daily_Precip_Total_mm Daily_AirTemp_Mean_C Flag_Daily_AirTemp_Mean_C Daily_AirTemp_AbsMax_C Flag_Daily_AirTemp_AbsMax_C Daily_AirTemp_AbsMin_C Flag_Daily_AirTemp_AbsMin_C Daily_AtmPressure_Mean_kpa Flag_Daily_AtmPressure_Mean_kpa Daily_GlobalRad_Total_mjm2 Flag_Daily_GlobalRad_Total_mjm2 Daily_RH_Mean_pct Flag_Daily_RH_Mean_pct Daily_WindDir_Mean_deg Flag_Daily_WindDir_Mean_deg Daily_WindSp_Mean_msec Flag_Daily_WindSp_Mean_msec
KBS LTERWS 19880101 0.0 E -6.7 E M M
KBS LTERWS 19880102 0.0 E -9.5 E M M
KBS LTERWS 19880103 0.0 E -5.3 E M M
KBS LTERWS 19880104 0.25 E -7.2 E M M
KBS LTERWS 19880105 0.0 E -15.6 E -13.1 E -17.8 E
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