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SOLMET Hourly Solar Radiation and Meteorological Surface Observations (DSI-9724)
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00047


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Summary
Abstract: SOLMET Hourly Solar Radiation and Meteorological Surface Observations is historical data set DSI-9724 archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). SOLMET was designed to provide the solar energy users with easy access to all appropriate historical meteorological data. The major parameters which make up this file are solar time, local standard time, extra terrestrial radiation, direct radiation, diffuse radiation, net radiation, global radiation on a tilted surface, global radiation on a horizontal surface- (observed data), (engineering corrected data), (standard year corrected data), additional radiation measurements, minutes of sunshine, sky conditions, visibility, weather, pressure, temperature, wind, clouds, and snow cover indicator. The salient features of SOLMET are that it: 1. Merged all available insulation and meteorological data into a single source. 2. Presented all data in the International System of Units (SI). 3. Provided time information so users could access the information in true solar and/or standard time. The time of the meteorological observation is also indicated so that the user would be aware of the meteorological observation that has been selected that is closest to the time of the solar observation; i.e., selected to be the observation nearest to the midpoint of the solar hour. Provision has also been made to handle data that are recorded in local standard time for conversion to solar time. 4. Allowed for additional solar radiation parameters (such as direct and tilted, normal incidence, diffuse, net) that was allowed to be available from stations in the future. Allowance was also made in supplemental fields for additional measurements; i.e., ultraviolet, spectral, etc. 5. Converted all historical solar radiation data (including the extraterrestrial radiation field) to the same international scale based on the same solar constant. 6. Eliminated undesirable format features that were inherent in the past data sources such as over punches, blanks, etc. 7. Coded missing observations and those observations that were estimated via models (e.g., sunshine and cloud regression models). 8. Provided global solar radiation data as they were originally observed and provided the user with data corrected for all known scale, instrument, and calibration problems in addition to a data set corrected via a model.

Purpose: To make a wide range of climatic data available to researchers and the public.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: data set

CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: Ground Condition

Related URL
Link: VIEW EXTENDED METADATA
Description: View Source Metadata document from the Metadata Manager and Repository (NMMR).


Geographic Coverage
 N: 72.0 S: 15.0  E: -60.0  W: 170.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: SOLMET Hourly Solar Radiation and Meteorological Surface Observations (DSI-9724)
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital data
Online Resource: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1951-12-01
Stop Date: 1976-12-31


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA > PUERTO RICO


Data Resolution
Temporal Resolution: Hourly


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >AIR QUALITY >VISIBILITY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SEA LEVEL PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >SURFACE PRESSURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE >ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR >DEW POINT TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS >SURFACE WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD FREQUENCY    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD CEILING    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD TYPES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION AMOUNT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >PRECIPITATION RATE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >RAIN    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >PRECIPITATION >SNOW    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >INCOMING SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >NET RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >OUTGOING LONGWAVE RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >SUNSHINE    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW COVER    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >SNOW COVER    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS >CLOUD PROPERTIES >CLOUD BASE HEIGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >DEW POINT TEMPERATURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ELEVATION
ENVIRONMENT


Platform
METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS    [Information]


Instrument
ANEMOMETERS    [Information]
BAROMETERS    [Information]
HYGROMETERS    [Information]
PSYCHROMETERS    [Information]
THERMOMETERS    [Information]
WIND VANES    [Information]
CEILOMETERS    [Information]
PYRANOMETERS    [Information]
PYRGEOMETERS    [Information]
PYRRADIOMETERS    [Information]
SUNSHINE RECORDERS    [Information]
VISUAL OBSERVATIONS    [Information]


Project
ESIP >Earth Science Information Partners Program    [Information]


Quality
ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Unknown

LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Unknown

COMPLETENESS REPORT: Unknown

LINEAGE/PROCESS STEP:
PROCESS DESCRIPTION: Unknown
PROCESS DATE: Unknown


Access Constraints
ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: None

DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of current NOAA quality control procedures. NOAA can only certify that the data provided to its customers is an authentic copy of the records which were accepted for inclusion in NOAA archives. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.


Use Constraints
None


Keywords
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
PUERTO RICO
GOSIC
G3OS/


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/
Dataset ID: ______DSI-9724 ____

Data Center Personnel
Name: NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA


Personnel
NCDC CUSTOMER SERVICE
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 828-271-4800
Fax: 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue, Room 120
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-07-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-07-21


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