LTER Weather Station - Daily Precip and Air Temp — Research Context

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A synthetic weather record drawn largely from the LTER Weather station but supplemented with data from nearby stations for completeness.

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 September 2023
Dataset: KBS002
Datatable ID: KBS002-001.133
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Last Updated 2024-06-23
Variate Description Units
date date of observation
precipitation liquid-equivalent depth of precipitation for the date mm
flag precip first letter only, representing: Good, Questionable, Missing, Estimated, or Trace
air temp mean mean air temperature, average of all hourly means C
flag air temp mean first letter only, representing: Good, Questionable, Missing, or Estimated
air temp max maximum air temperature, highest of all hourly maxima C
flag air temp max first letter only, representing: Good, Questionable, Missing, or Estimated
air temp min minimum air temperature, lowest of all hourly minima C
flag air temp min first letter only, representing: Good, Questionable, Missing, or Estimated
year year in which the date occurs

Data Excerpt

date precipitation flag_precip air_temp_mean flag_air_temp_mean air_temp_max flag_air_temp_max air_temp_min flag_air_temp_min year
2024-06-23 8.0 22.01 2024
2024-06-22 0.0 26.37 30.76 21.35 2024
2024-06-21 0.0 26.02 32.23 21.29 2024
2024-06-20 0.0 27.1 33.71 20.8 2024
2024-06-19 0.0 27.66 33.49 23.49 2024
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