15 Minute Precipitation Data DSI-3260

Fifteen minute precipitation data is available for over 2,400 stations located across the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the United States protectorates in the Pacific. This digital file began in May of 1971 as the TD-9927 file, and continued through December 1983 when it was then merged into DS-3260. Data are archived in a variable length element file structure. Archived data are currently sorted by Station-ID (excluding the Division Number) as the primary key and year, month, and day as secondary keys. It must be noted that NCDC has the observations from the time the station opened, but the NWS has the current data. Official surface weather observation standards can be found in the Federal Meteorological Handbook.

Each logical record contains one day of one station's 15-minute data values for a specific meteorological element. The record consists of a control word and identification portion, and a data portion. The control word is used for record length determination. The identification portion identifies the observing station, year and record element code. The data portion contains the meteorological observation for the 15-minute precipitation value and flags. The data portion is repeated for as many values as occur in the given time interval.

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Source https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/15min_precip-3260
Author National Climatic Data Center
Last Updated March 4, 2017, 18:52 (UTC)
Created March 4, 2017, 18:50 (UTC)