December 3, 2023

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Help Decoding Archived Weather Data Abbreviations : meteorology

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I do paralegal work and I have a background in working with weather as well. I have for many years compiled detailed reports on archived weather at specific dates/times/locations for purposes of litigation. I used to be able to navigate NCEI with relative ease, target the data I wanted and then interpret it for attorneys. For some reason now I find the site impossible to navigate, cluttered with far too many links and options, etc. and what used to take me an hour now takes at least three or four.

I also used to be able to access the data with the interpretation done, or at least a METAR abbreviation that I could read. Now when I pull up the hourly dataset for a given location, I get the abbreviations in the attached image and I can’t figure out how to interpret them. Googling it just comes up with how to read METAR abbreviations and that I can usually figure out how to do. Could someone help me interpret what the numbers in these fields actually means for the purposes of me completing a report I’m working on? I understand what CIG, VIS, TMP, DEW and SLP stand for, I just can’t figure out the data in the cells below each.

Any help is greatly appreciated, even if you just can share a link to a site that explains this. Thanks much.


2022-12-16 23:58:24

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