Annual Temperature and Precipitation — Research Context

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This is a summation of the daily temperature and precipitation dataset

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 January 2019
Dataset: KBS002
Datatable ID: KBS002-008.121
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Last Updated 2023-10-24
Variate Description Units
Year year that is summarised
Precipitation amount of precipitation recorded
Air Temp Mean average temperature
Air temp max maximum temperature recorded
Air temp min minimum temperature recorded

Data Excerpt

year precipitation air_temp_mean air_temp_max air_temp_min
2022 851.0 NaN NaN -20.88
2021 991.0 10.41 33.69 -26.85
2020 1009.0 10.0 34.01 -16.64
2019 1104.0 9.21 34.05 -28.11
2018 1076.0 9.42 37.7 -24.58
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