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Data Types

Where you can find data on the MRCC website

The MRCC web site is our primary means of ensuring timely access to our data and information. On this site, you can access our online climate data system, cli-MATE, to obtain climate data and value-added products at your convenience. The Midwest Climate Watch page provides weekly and monthly climate summaries, real-time weather and climate data, and other climate resources in the form of both maps and text.

The MRCC database provides access to a vast amount of climate information data types (see list below). Data are provided via the internet, phone, fax, e-mail, or mail. Additionally we can provide station metadata, certification of data, products tailored to specific user requirements, and email/phone support and guidance for weather and climate data. For more information, see our page on how to order and obtain custom data.

Data Types

  • Daily data (currently ~10,000 stations nationwide)
    • Temperature, precipitation, snow, degree days
    • Historical and long-term stations extending back to the late 1800s
    • Climate summaries with normal and extreme values
  • Hourly data (~2500 stations nationwide)
    • Temperature, precipitation, pressure, wind, humidity, present weather, visibility, wind chill, and heat index
    • Wind rose for user specified season and years
  • Mapping of gridded daily data
    • Temperature, precipitation, and snow
    • Coverage of the continental United States
    • User-selectable dates from 1900 to present
    • Many spatial domains available
  • State and climate division averaged data
    • Temperature, precipitation, degree days, drought and precipitation indices
    • Monthly data from 1895 to present
  • Links to, or help acquiring, additional data
    • High-resolution (4 km) precipitation data
    • Data from localized and/or specialized weather and climate networks
    • Soil temperature and moisture
    • Solar radiation
    • Storm reports
    • Upper air data
    • Stream gauge information