The Climate Prediction Center at NCEP compiled a multi-year gridded hourly precipitation data set over the United States. One of the main goals of the project was to produce a manageable research-quality data set suitable for studies of precipitation variability on timescales ranging from diurnal to interannual. This data set was derived from the hourly observations of approximately 2500 U.S. stations. The observations were gridded, using a modified Cressman scheme, into 2-degree latitude by 2.5-degree longitude boxes.
1963 to 1994
Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Higgins, R.W., J.E. Janowiak, and Y. Yao, 1996: A gridded hourly precipitation database for the U.S. (1963-1993). NCEP/CPC Atlas No. 1, Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, 47 pp.
Binary (see dataset documentation)
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