Locating Basic Climate Data on the NWS Reno Webpage

Locating Basic Climate Data on the NWS Reno Webpage


Have you ever wondered how much rain fell
in Reno on a particular day? This short informational video will show you how to look up the answer
to that question and other basic local climate questions on the NWS Reno webpage. We hope
you enjoy this presentation. From the National Weather Service Reno homepage
(www.weather.gov/reno), click on the climate tab near the top of the page. This will take
you to our local climate webpage. Climate data is available from a number of
archived reports available on our local climate page.Suppose you wanted
to know how much rain was observed yesterday at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.
To lookup how much precipitation fell yesterday, choose the button for the Daily Climate Report
from the first column. Then choose Reno for the location. Select �most recent� in
the Timeframe column, and then click the yellow �Go� button to view the report. If the
report is an afternoon report for the current day, click on �Archived Data� in the timeframe
column and choose the previous day to see data from yesterday.
Here is an example of the Daily Climate Report that NWS Reno issues each morning after midnight
for the previous day. This product is issued for both Reno, Nevada and South Lake Tahoe,
California. These summaries include high and low temperatures, precipitation, snowfall,
and snow depth.>To answer our question, we can see that no precipitation
was recorded at Reno Tahoe International Airport yesterday (for this example we are looking
at a report from April 30th). Suppose you wanted to know how much precipitation
was reported at South Lake Tahoe last month.>>This information can be
obtained from our Preliminary Monthly Climate Data report that we issue daily.>
Select Preliminary Monthly Climate Data, then select South Lake Tahoe in the Location column.
To obtain the report from last month, select Archived Data for your Timeframe and select
the last month. Then click on the yellow Go button.
Here is the Preliminary Climate Data for April 2013 for South Lake Tahoe Airport. As you
can see, for the month of April 2013, South Lake Tahoe has received 0.70 inches of precipitation
>(listed at the bottom of column 7). The abbreviation WTR stands for
�water equivalent� and represents that amount of rain (or melted snow) that was received
each day. The amount of snow is listed in the next column over (column 8).>
Five inches of snow was recorded in South Lake Tahoe in April 2013.
What if you wanted to know when a record was set at either Reno or South Lake Tahoe? We
send out a Record Event Report any time a new daily record has been set or tied at either
Reno or South Lake Tahoe.>The records that we track are record high
and low temperatures and record amounts of precipitation (rainfall or melted snowfall).
To look up recent records set at either Reno or South Lake Tahoe you can choose Record
Event Report.>It should be noted that Reno is the only choice listed
for this product because a separate product is not created for either Reno or South Lake
Tahoe. Either choose Most Recent or if you want to see a list of possible record dates,
choose Archived Data and select your date. Then click on the Yellow Go button.
Here is the Record Event Report based on the selections that you made. As you can see,
the new record is listed, along with the record that was broken. We hope you enjoyed this tour of the climate
data webpage from the National Weather Service in Reno. Thank you for taking the time to
learn about some of the information that we provide. The products on this page are updated
continuously to provide you with the latest in climate information.

Author: Kevin Mason

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