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NCDC Global Historical Climatology Network Monthly Version 3 (GHCNMV3)


This historical dataset is recommended for ancillary use only and not as a primary research dataset. It has likely been superseded by a newer, improved dataset.


NOTE: Version 3 of GHCN has been discontinued at NCEI, and so this dataset is no longer being updated. Version 4 of GHCN can be accessed here.

The Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN) is a baseline network of long-running surface global stations for the purpose of monitoring and detecting climate change. Monthly-summarized data from various global sources are processed on a daily basis assembled into version 3 of NCDC's GHCNM dataset. The CISL Research Data Archive is hosting a copy of the monthly-average surface temperatures in support of UCAR's Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program.

Temporal Range:
1701-01-01 to 2019-07-31
Air Temperature
Data Types:
Platform Observation
Data Contributors:
National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
J.H. Lawrimore, M.J. Menne, B.E. Gleason, C.N. Williams, D.B. Wuertz, R.S. Vose, and J. Rennie, 2011: An overview of the Global Historical Climatology Network monthly mean temperature data set, version 3 J. Geophys. Res., 116, D19121 (DOI: 10.1029/2011JD016187).

Total Volume:
54.94 MB
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Related RDA Datasets:
Global Historical Climatology Net (GHCN) Version 2 Temperature, Precipitation, Pressure
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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