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Update Frequency: Monthly
Latest Data Update: 2023-06-12
Status: Ongoing
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2006-07-26
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 110 Files | 7GB


The UK hourly rainfall data describes the rainfall amount (and duration from tilting syphon gauges) during the hour (or hours) ending at the specified time. The data also conatins precipitation amounts, however precipitation measured over 24 hours will not be stored. The data is collected by observation stations across the UK and transmitted within the following message types: NCM, AWSHRLY, DLY3208, SREW, SSER and WAHRAIN. The data spans from 1915 to present.

Citable as:  Met Office (2006): MIDAS UK Hourly Rainfall Data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, MIDAS, UK, meteorology, rainfall, hourly


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Use of these data is covered by the following licence: 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 BADC approximately on a monthly basis as flat files.

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 ASCII formatted
  • units: s
  • long_name: Date at end of observation period
  • names: Date at end of observation period
  • units: 1
  • long_name: Descriptor: precipitation amount
  • names: Descriptor: precipitation amount
  • units: minutes
  • long_name: Elapsed time to storage in MIDAS
  • names: Elapsed time to storage in MIDAS
  • long_name: Hourly Rainfall Amount
  • names: Hourly Rainfall Amount
  • units: s
  • long_name: Met Office receipt stamp time
  • names: Met Office receipt stamp time
  • units: hours
  • long_name: Observation hour count
  • names: Observation hour count
  • units: mm
  • long_name: Precipitation amount
  • names: Precipitation amount
  • units: minutes
  • long_name: Precipitation duration
  • names: Precipitation duration
  • units: 1
  • long_name: QC code: precipitation amount
  • names: QC code: precipitation amount
  • units: 1
  • long_name: QC code: precipitation duration
  • names: QC code: precipitation duration
  • long_name: Rain
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Rain
  • names: EARTH SCIENCE > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Rain,
  • units: 1
  • long_name: identifier type
  • names: identifier type
  • units: 1
  • long_name: message type
  • names: message type
  • units: 1
  • long_name: midas qc version number
  • names: midas qc version number
  • units: 1
  • long_name: state indicator for the record
  • names: state indicator for the record
  • units: 1
  • long_name: station identifier
  • names: station identifier
  • units: 1
  • long_name: unique source identifier or station site number
  • names: unique source identifier or station site number

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