Geographic Information
Weather Stations for Idaho
Weather Stations for Idaho
FGDC Metadata
Description Graphic Spatial Data Structure Data Quality Data Source Data Distribution Metadata
+ Resource Description
Citation
Information used to reference the data.
Title: Weather Stations for Idaho
Originators: Idaho State Climate Services
Publisher: Idaho State Climate Services
Publication place: Moscow, ID, USA
Publication date: 20000415
Data type: vector digital data
Description
A characterization of the data, including its intended use and limitations.
Abstract:
This data set reflects National Weather Service (NWS) and National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) stations for the state of Idaho.  There are 213 stations in this data set and these are the stations used to compile the mean annual precipitation map for Idaho which was created by Myron Molnau.
Purpose:
These data are intended to show the general distribution of weather stations throughout in Idaho. The latitude/longitude coordinates used to create this shapfile are in "degree-minutes"--there was no "seconds" value.  Therefore, these point locations are not highly accurate.  This coverage should only be used to represent the general distribution of weather stations throughout the state.  It should not be used to try to "pin-point" exact locations of stations--the useable scale is in the millions. Neither the Idaho State Climate Office, nor the Agricultural Engineering Department of the University of Idaho assume liability of this product.
Supplemental information:
The index used to create the point locations can be found at:  http://baegis.ag.uidaho.edu/~climate/cgi-bin/index.cgi
Dataset credit:
Idaho State Climate Services -- Bruce R. Godfrey, Myron P. Molnau
Point Of Contact
Contact information for the individual or organization that is knowledgeable about the data.
Organization: Idaho State Climate Services
Phone: 208-885-7004
Fax: 208-885-7908
Email: climate@uidaho.edu
Hours of service: 0900-1700 Pacific Time
Address type: mailing and physical address
Address:
Department of Biological and Agriclutural Engineering
Address:
University of Idaho Library
Address:
EP425
City: Moscow
State or Province: Idaho
Postal code: 83844-0904
Country: USA
Data Type
How the data are represented, formatted and maintained by the data producing organization.
Data type: vector digital data
Native dataset environment: ArcInfo 7.1
Time Period of Data
Time period(s) for which the data corresponds to the currentness reference.
Date: unknown
Currentness reference:
unknown
Status
The state of and maintenance information for the data.
Data status: Complete
Update frequency: None planned
Key Words
Words or phrases that summarize certain aspects of the data.
Theme:
Keywords: climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Keyword thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme:
Keywords: Weather Stations, Atmosphere, Climate
Keyword thesaurus: None
Place:
Keywords: Idaho State
Keyword thesaurus: None
Data Access Constraints
Restrictions and legal prerequisites for accessing or using the data after access is granted.
Access constraints:
none
Use constraints:
None
+ Graphic Example
Browse Graphic
Graphic illustration of the data.
Browse graphic 1
Open - Simple image of the data set at full extent
Graphic Image
+ Spatial Reference Information
Horizontal Coordinate System
Reference system from which linear or angular quantities are measured and assigned to the position that a point occupies.
Coordinate System Details
Planar Coordinate Information
Planar coordinate encoding method: coordinate pair
Coordinate representation:
Abscissa resolution: 0.000000
Ordinate resolution: 0.000000
Planar distance units: meters
Geodetic model
Horizontal datum name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of flattening ratio: 298.257222
Spatial Domain
The geographic areal domain of the data that describes the western, eastern, northern, and southern geographic limits of data coverage.
Bounding Coordinates
In Unprojected coordinates (geographic)
Boundary Coordinate
West -117.243540 (longitude)
East -110.813668 (longitude)
North 49.027090 (latitude)
South 41.983394 (latitude)
+ Data Structure and Attribute Information
Overview
Summary of the information content of the data, including other references to complete descriptions of entity types, attributes, and attribute values for the data.
Direct spatial reference method: Vector
Attributes of weatstns_id_ics
Detailed descriptions of entity type, attributes, and attribute values for the data.
Description:
Attributes of the weather stations
Source:
University of Idaho Library
Attributes
FID
Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute values: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute definition source:
ESRI
Shape
Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute values: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute definition source:
ESRI
STNSNAME
Definition:
Name of the station
Attribute values: Example: ABERDEEN EXP STN
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
STNSCODE
Definition:
Station code
Attribute values: Example: 11E10S
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
AGENCY
Definition:
Agency associated with the station
Attribute domain values
Value Definition
NWS
National Weather Service
Definition Source:
University of  Idaho Library
NRCS
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Definition Source:
University of  Idaho Library
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
COUNTY
Definition:
Name of the county that the station is in
Attribute values: The name of each of the county in Idaho. Example: ADA.
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
LONGITUDE
Definition:
Longitude of the station (Degrees-Minutes)
Attribute domain range
Range Value
Minimum -111 07 00
Maximum -117 01 00
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
LATITUDE
Definition:
Latitude of the station (Degrees-Minutes)
Attribute domain range
Range Value
Minimum 42 01 00
Maximum 49 00 00
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
ELEVATION
Definition:
Station elevation
Attribute domain range
Range Value
Minimum 995
Maximum 9150
Attribute definition source:
University of  Idaho Library
STATE
LAT_DD
LONG_DD
LNK_ETID
ETID_PDSW
+ Data Quality and Accuracy Information
General
Information about the fidelity of relationships, data quality and accuracy tests, omissions, selection criteria, generalization, and definitions used to derive the data.
Logical consistency report:
A general test of the graphic data was done in ArcView.  The point locations were overlayed on 1:250,000 DRGs to confirm that a random sample of the point were in the correct geographic area.  The distribution of points appeared accurate from a statewide point of view.
Completeness report:
The index provide by Idaho State Climate Services (http://baegis.ag.uidaho.edu/~climate/cgi-bin/index.cgi) was used to create the data set.  A subset of available attibutes was used for the final data set.
Attribute Accuracy
Accuracy of the identification of data entities, features and assignment of attribute values.
Attribute accuracy report:
Accuracy of the attributes is not know precisely.  The latitude/longitude coordinates are only in degrees-minutes and not in degrees-minutes-seconds.  Therefore, the spatial distribution of the points is thought to be correct on a large scale.  The accuracy of the elevation is unknown.  The station name and county is thought to be correct.
Positional Accuracy
Accuracy of the positional aspects of the data.
Horizontal accuracy report:
The horizontal positional accuracy of the points is not very good.  The Moscow-University of Idaho station was overlayed on a 1:24,000 DRG and found to be approximately 1000 meters to the northwest of it's "real-word" location.
+ Data Source and Process Information
Data Sources
Information about the source data used to construct or derive the data.
Data source information
WSICS
Title: Weather Stations (ICS)
Originators: Idaho State Climate Services
Publisher: Idaho State Climate Services
Publication place: Moscow, ID, USA
Publication date: Unpublished Material
Data type: map
Media: online
Source contribution:
A file containg the list of 213 weather stations with their latitude/logitude coordinates.
Date: unknown
Currentness reference:
Unknown
Process Steps
Information about events, parameters, tolerances and techniques applied to construct or derive the data.
Process step information
Process Step 1
Process description:
A file containg the list of 213 weather stations with their latitude/logitude coordinates was projected from geographic (thought to be NAD27) to IDTM.

The Arc/Info command GENERATE was used to create a point coverage from the projected coordinate file and it was built with point topology.

Attribute information was joined to the INFO table using the Arc/Info commands DBASEINFO and JOINITEM.
Organization: Idaho State Climate Services
Phone: 208-885-7004
Fax: 208-885-7908
Email: climate@uidaho.edu
Hours of service: 0900-1700 Pacific Time
Address type: mailing and physical address
Address:
Department of Biological and Agriclutural Engineering

University of Idaho
EP425
City: Moscow
State or Province: Idaho
Postal code: 83844-0904
Process date: 1998
Process Step 2
Process description:
The coverage was converted to a shapefile. Metadata was created using metadata acquired with the original coverage.
Organization: University of Idaho Library
Person: Bruce Godfrey
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: 208-885-6463
Fax: 208-885-6817
Email: bgodfrey@uidaho.edu
Address type: mailing address
Address:
University of Idaho Library
City: Moscow
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83844-2350
Country: USA
Process date: 20000414 Process time: 130000
Data Source used
WSICS
Title: Weather Stations (ICS)
Originators: Idaho State Climate Services
Publisher: Idaho State Climate Services
Publication place: Moscow, ID, USA
Publication date: Unpublished Material
Data type: map
Media: online
Source contribution:
A file containg the list of 213 weather stations with their latitude/logitude coordinates.
Date: unknown
Currentness reference:
Unknown
Process Step 3
Process description:
Dataset copied.
+ Data Distribution Information
General
Description of the data known by the party from whom the data may be obtained, liability of party distributing data, and technical capabilities required to use the data.
Resource description:
Downloadable Data
Distribution liability:
Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the Idaho State Climate Services office, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.
Distribution Point of Contact
Contact information for the individual or organization distributing the data.
Organization: University of Idaho Library
Person: Bruce Godfrey
Position: GIS Specialist
Phone: 208-885-6463
Fax: 208-885-6817
Email: bgodfrey@uidaho.edu
Address type: mailing address
Address:
Box 442350
City: Moscow
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83844-2350
Country: USA
Standard Order Process
Common ways in which data may be obtained.
Digital form:
Format name: ESRI Shapefile (.shp)
Transfer size: 0.006
File decompression technique: Decompress using software capable of extracting a tar/gzip (.tgz) file (for example, WinZip or Pkzip on Windows operating systems).
Digital transfer option:
Online option:
Computer information:
Network address:
Fees: None
+ Metadata Reference
Metadata Date
Dates associated with creating, updating and reviewing the metadata.
Last updated: 20000414
Last metadata review date: 20040601
Metadata Point of Contact
Contact information for the individual or organization responsible for the metadata information.
Organization: Idaho State Climate Services
Phone: 208-885-7004
Fax: 208-885-7908
Email: bgodfrey@uidaho.edu
Address type: mailing and physical address
Address:
Department of Biological and Agriclutural Engineering
Address:
University of Idaho
Address:
EP425
City: Moscow
State or Province: ID
Postal code: 83844-0904
Country: USA
Metadata Standards
Description of the metadata standard used to document the data and reference to any additional extended profiles to the standard used by the metadata producer.
Standard name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Standard version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Time convention: local time
FGDC Plus Metadata Stylesheet
Stylesheet: FGDC Plus Stylesheet
File name: FGDC Plus.xsl
Version: 2.3
Description: This metadata is displayed using the FGDC Plus Stylesheet, which is an XSL template that can be used with ArcGIS software to display metadata. It displays metadata elements defined in the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM) - aka FGDC Standard, the ESRI Profile of CSDGM, the Biological Data Profile of CSDGM, and the Shoreline Data Profile of CSDGM. CSDGM is the US Federal Metadata standard. The Federal Geographic Data Committee originally adopted the CSDGM in 1994 and revised it in 1998. According to Executive Order 12096 all Federal agencies are ordered to use this standard to document geospatial data created as of January, 1995. The standard is often referred to as the FGDC Metadata Standard and has been implemented beyond the federal level with State and local governments adopting the metadata standard as well. The Biological Data Profile broadens the application of the CSDGM so that it is more easily applied to biological data that are not explicitly geographic (laboratory results, field notes, specimen collections, research reports) but can be associated with a geographic location. Includes taxonomical vocabulary. The Shoreline Data Profile addresses variability in the definition and mapping of shorelines by providing a standardized set of terms and data elements required to support metadata for shoreline and coastal data sets. The FGDC Plus Stylesheet includes the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set. It supports W3C DOM compatible browsers such as IE7, IE6, Netscape 7, and Mozilla Firefox. It is in the public domain and may be freely used, modified, and redistributed. It is provided "AS-IS" without warranty or technical support.
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