U.S. Historical Climatology Network (HCN) Temperature and Precipitation, 1880-1994

| DOI: 10.5065/CX31-NX67

The Historical Climatology Network (HCN) was established in part to aid in the detection of regional climate change. Some of the HCN stations are first-order weather stations, but most are U.S. cooperative stations. To be included in the HCN, a station must have been active in 1987 and have had at least 80 years of temperature and precipitation data. The HCN database includes station histories, monthly temperatures, and total monthly precipitation data.

Temporal Range:
1880-01 to 1994-12
Air Temperature Maximum/Minimum Temperature Precipitation Amount
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Data Types:
Platform Observation
Data Contributors:
National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy
Quinlan, F.T., T.R. Karl and C.N. Williams, Jr., 1987: United States Historical Climatology Network (HCN) Serial Temperature and Precipitation Data. NDP-019, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, 33 pp.

Total Volume:
540.49 MB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
ASCII (see dataset documentation)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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