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MIDAS Open: UK hourly rainfall data, v201901

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Status: Final
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2019-02-12
DOI Publication Date: 2019-03-01
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Abstract

The UK hourly rainfall data contain the rainfall amount (and duration from tilting syphon gauges) during the hour (or hours) ending at the specified time. The data also contains precipitation amounts, however precipitation measured over 24 hours are not stored. Over time a range of rain gauges have been used - see the linked MIDAS User Guide for further details.

The data were collected by observation stations operated by the Met Office across the UK and transmitted within the following message types: NCM, AWSHRLY, DLY3208, SREW and SSER. The data spans from 1915 to 2017.

This dataset is part of the Midas-open dataset collection made available by the Met Office under the UK Open Government Licence, containing only UK mainland land surface observations owned or operated by Met Office. It is a subset of the fuller, restricted Met Office Integrated Data Archive System (MIDAS) Land and Marine Surface Stations dataset, also available through the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis - see the related dataset section on this record. A large proportion of the UK raingauge observing network (associated with WAHRAIN, WADRAIN and WAMRAIN for hourly, daily and monthly rainfall measurements respectively) is operated by other agencies beyond the Met Office, and are consequently currently excluded from the Midas-open dataset.

This dataset is part of a larger dataset, which citable as:  Met Office (2006): MIDAS UK Hourly Rainfall Data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation. http://localhost:8000//uuid/bbd6916225e7475514e17fdbf11141c1
Cite this sub-set dataset as:  Met Office (2019): MIDAS Open: UK hourly rainfall data, v201901. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 01 March 2019. doi:10.5285/7aaa582fb00246b794dc85950f1be265. http://dx.doi.org/10.5285/7aaa582fb00246b794dc85950f1be265
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, MIDAS, UK, meteorology, rainfall, hourly

Details

Previous Info:
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Previously used record identifiers:
No related previous identifiers.
Access rules:
Access to these data is available to any registered CEDA user. Please Login or Register for an account to gain access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/. When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data collated by the Met Office and archived in the Met Office's MIDAS database. Data are extracted from a sub-set of available tables and delivered to Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) approximately on a yearly basis.

Data Quality:
Data undergo quality checking by the Met Office. State of the data in the quality control process and level of data quality are indicated using version numbers and quality control flagging with the data. See documentation about how to use the quality control flagging and version numbers. There are also some known data from commissioning trials in the data, which are given a src_id of 99999. These should be ignored by the user.
File Format:
Data are BADC-CSV formatted.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
Output Description None
  • long_name: Date at end of observation period
  • names: Date at end of observation period
  • long_name: Descriptor: precipitation amount
  • names: Descriptor: precipitation amount
  • long_name: Elapsed time to storage in MIDAS
  • names: Elapsed time to storage in MIDAS
  • long_name: Met Office receipt stamp time
  • names: Met Office receipt stamp time
  • long_name: Observation hour count
  • names: Observation hour count
  • long_name: Precipitation amount
  • names: Precipitation amount
  • long_name: Precipitation duration
  • names: Precipitation duration
  • long_name: QC code: precipitation amount
  • names: QC code: precipitation amount
  • long_name: QC code: precipitation duration
  • names: QC code: precipitation duration
  • long_name: The filename used for this station
  • names: The filename used for this station
  • long_name: The identifier associated with a particular report type for this station
  • names: The identifier associated with a particular report type for this station
  • long_name: The identifier type associated with a particular reporting capability for this station
  • names: The identifier type associated with a particular reporting capability for this station
  • long_name: The name for this station
  • names: The name for this station
  • long_name: The station elevation
  • names: The station elevation
  • long_name: The station latitude (WGS84)
  • names: The station latitude (WGS84)
  • long_name: The station longitude (WGS84)
  • names: The station longitude (WGS84)
  • long_name: The unique MIDAS identifier for the station
  • names: The unique MIDAS identifier for the station
  • long_name: first year of data associated with this id/id_type in this version of this dataset
  • names: first year of data associated with this id/id_type in this version of this dataset
  • long_name: first year of data associated with this station in this dataset
  • names: first year of data associated with this station in this dataset
  • long_name: identifier type
  • names: identifier type
  • long_name: last year of data associated with this id/id_type in this version of this dataset
  • names: last year of data associated with this id/id_type in this version of this dataset
  • long_name: last year of data associated with this station in this dataset
  • names: last year of data associated with this station in this dataset
  • long_name: message type
  • names: message type
  • long_name: midas qc version number
  • names: midas qc version number
  • long_name: state indicator for the record
  • names: state indicator for the record
  • long_name: station identifier
  • names: station identifier
  • long_name: the historic county this station is within
  • names: the historic county this station is within
  • long_name: unique source identifier or station site number
  • names: unique source identifier or station site number

Co-ordinate Variables

Coverage
Temporal Range
Start time:
1915-01-01T18:00:00
End time:
2017-12-31T23:59:59
Geographic Extent

 
60.8562°
 
-8.5636°
 
1.7400°
 
49.9140°
 
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