STORM-FEST field experiment and modeled ouput email@example.com or Neal Lott: 704-271-4995; data from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Labora- nlott @ ncdc.noaa.gov). tory. Another on-line data access system offered by The periods of record are 7 days (6-minute profiler), NCDC is the NCDC Bulletin Board. Via modem, cus- 1 month (hourly profiler), and 1 year for most of the tomers have access to one of NCDC's publications, datasets. Data are placed on-line as soon as possible the Local Climatological Data (LCD). The monthly LCD publication presents more than 50 daily and after receipt or processing. This ranges from hourly for monthly meteorological data elements and is avail- the profiler data to a 6 to 7 month delay for the NSW able for more than 270 NWS stations. These data and precipitation data. information products are available for downloading to These data are available without charge via FTP for spreadsheet or print files. The Bulletin Board is menu immediate downloading (up to 50MB) or users can driven and accessible by dialing 704-271-4286. order data for off-line delivery (charges involved). Data are available from NCDC in either enhanced The NCDC is committed to providing meteorologi- BUFR or ASCII format. In addition to data, important cal and climatological information in a timely and metadata are included with the on-line data. Station efficient manner to researcheers in the scientific com- histories, data dictionaries, field experiment informa- munity. As part of the planned growth for the OASIS system, NCDC welcomes input from researchers re- tion, and data inventories are included. garding their priorities for new datasets to be placed The point of contact at NCDC is the Research on-line. • Customer Service Group (Tom Ross: 704-271-4994; Airport vs. City Temperatures Mr. Eric R. Miller, of Madison, Wis., calls attention to the remarkable differences between the minimum temperatures at the city and airport offices of the Weather Bureau there on Mar. 10,11,12,1943. The airport station is 6 miles NE of the city office: Depth of snow on ground the % of evening before Possible Date City Airport Difference (inches) sunshine (March) office Station 10 11°F -1°F 12°F 5.2 65 11 7 -11 18 8.7 80 12 24 8 16 6.5 99 Mr. Miller remarks that the Chicago official observations were transferred from the University of Chicago (pretty much in the city) to the airport last June and that the December mean for the first 23 days was the lowest on record. Portland, Me., similarly, broke its (city) minimum on record of -21 ° with a -39 ° at the airport last February. This does not mean that the weather was the coldest on record for the vicinity of the airport, however, for the "record" relates to warmer locations. Temperature records will continue to be broken frequently on the low side, to the confusion of the public, until the past record used for comparative purposes is that for the same site. This need not wait till a long record accumulates, however, for in only a year or two of comparisons between the old and new sites it becomes possible to compute a set of approximate normals for the new site.—C.F. Brooks. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 24, 252. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1105
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 1993
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