Dashboard Week Day 2: National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program

by Andy Kriebel

Londoners love complaining about the weather so for day 2 of Dashboard Week, DS10 will be analyzing daily summary weather observations from the National Weather Service (NWS) stations from 1763-2018. From the NWS:

Through the National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP), more than 10,000 volunteers take daily weather observations at National Parks, seashores, mountaintops, and farms as well as in urban and suburban areas. COOP data usually consist of daily maximum and minimum temperatures, snowfall, and 24-hour precipitation totals.

The team needs to download weather observations from every station for every day. They will also need to enter a search term (I’m not quite sure how that works, but they can figure it out.