The CRU CY datasets consists of country averages at a monthly, seasonal and annual frequency, for ten climate variables in 289 countries. Spatial averages are calculated using area-weighted means. Variables include cloud cover (cld), diurnal temperature range (dtr), frost day frequency (frs), precipitation (pre), daily mean temperature (tmp), monthly average daily maximum (tmx) and minimum (tmn) temperature, vapour pressure (vap), Potential Evapo-transpiration (pet) and wet day frequency (wet). The CRU CY datasets produced by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia.
Spatial averages are calculated using area-weighted means. CRU CY is derived directly from the CRU TS dataset and version numbering is matched between the two datasets. Thus, the first official version of CRU CY is v3.21, as it is based on CRU TS v3.21 (1901-2012) and the latest version of CRU-CY is v3.22 based on CRU TS v3.22 (1901-2013) for 289 countries.
To understand the CRU-CY dataset, it is important to understand the construction and limitations of the underlying dataset, CRU TS. It is therefore recommended that all users read the paper referenced below (Harris et al, 2014).