Using Google Earth to Find Climatological Data

One must have at least the free version of Google Earth (GE) installed in order to access the climatological data.  The more familiar you are with GE the better you can take advantage of its features when you search for data.  GE is a very versatile application that allows you to zoom in and out of scalable aerial photos and maps and is well worth taking a bit of time to learn.

Daily values of Precipitation, Maximum and Minimum Temperatures, and Maximum and Mean Flow (in cubic feet per second) are available for downloading (the links show samples).  A Site Report and Topographic Map showing the location of the site are also available.  Each data value has a Quality Code assigned as defined in this table The daily Precipitation and Temperature values are composite values from automatic recorders and manual observations.  These manually observed daily values may not have occurred all on the date reported.  All data is in text format for easy viewing and importing into applications.

GE should open when you click on the links below.  The displays can get VERY crowded as there are many sites in our database so you will have to zoom in and out accordingly during your search.  When you find a site in the area you want, left click on the pushpin icon to display the available information links.

Precipitation Sites    Temperature Sites    Flow Sites