This function inputs an object created by
ghcnd and cleans up
the data into a tidy form.
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(character) A character vector giving the identification of
the weather stations for which the user would like to pull data. To get a full
and current list of stations, the user can use the
TRUE / FALSE for whether the user would like to keep all the flags for each weather variable. The default is to not keep the flags (FALSE). See the note below for more information on these flags.
A character vector specifying either
A full list of possible weather variables is available in NOAA's README file for the GHCND data (https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/ghcn/daily/readme.txt). Most weather stations will only have a small subset of all the possible weather variables, so the data generated by this function may not include all of the variables the user specifies through this argument.
A character string giving the earliest date of the daily weather time series that the user would like in the final output. This character string should be formatted as "yyyy-mm-dd". If not specified, the default is to keep all daily data for the queried weather site from the earliest available date.
A character string giving the latest date of the daily weather time series that the user would like in the final output. This character string should be formatted as "yyyy-mm-dd". If not specified, the default is to keep all daily data for the queried weather site through the most current available date.
A data frame of daily weather data for a single weather monitor, converted to a tidy format. All weather variables may not exist for all weather stations. Examples of variables returned are:
id: Character string with the weather station site id
date: Date of the observation
prcp: Precipitation, in tenths of mm
tavg: Average temperature, in degrees Celsius
tmax: Maximum temperature, in degrees Celsius
tmin: Minimum temperature, in degrees Celsius
awnd: Average daily wind speed, in meters / second
wsfg: Peak gust wind speed, in meters / second
There are other possible weather variables in the Global Historical
Climatology Network; see
http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/ghcn/daily/readme.txt for a full
list. The variables
have all been converted from tenths of their metric to the metric (e.g.,
from tenths of degrees Celsius to degrees Celsius). All other variables
are in the units specified in the linked file.
The weather flags, which are kept by specifying
keep_flags = TRUE are:
*_mflag: Measurement flag, which gives some information on how
the observation was measured.
*_qflag: Quality flag, which gives quality information on the
measurement, like if it failed to pass certain quality checks.
*_sflag: Source flag. This gives some information on the
weather collection system (e.g., U.S. Cooperative Summary of the Day,
Australian Bureau of Meteorology) the weather observation comes from.
More information on the interpretation of these flags can be found in the README file for the NCDC's Daily Global Historical Climatology Network's data at http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/ghcn/daily/readme.txt
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