Label for Climate Products section

Public Information Statement (Product Category PNS)
Record Event Report (Product Category RER)
Climatological Report (Daily) (Product Category CLI)
Climatological Report (Longer Term) (Product Category CLM)
Preliminary Local Climatological Data (WS Form: F-6)

Public Information Statement (Product Category PNS) [TOP]

Mission Connection. The Public Information Statement (PNS) is an alphanumeric message used to distribute information on non hazardous events; public education; National Weather Service (NWS) service changes, limitations or interruptions; and special guidelines for interpreting NWS data. The PNS is used by a wide variety of customers and partners such as the general public, emergency managers, and the media.

Issuance Time. The PNS is a non-scheduled product issued when appropriate.

Content. The PNS may contain various weather or National Weather Service related information of public interest.

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Record Event Report (Product Category RER)[TOP]

Mission Connection.The Record Event Report (RER) contains meteorological and hydrological events that equal or exceed routine existing records. The RER is used to report occurrences relating to both maxima and minima records for local climatological data sites.

Issuance Time. The RER is issued on an as needed basis whenever an existing record value is met or exceeded.

Content. The RER should be used to report record occurrences of the following meteorological or hydrological events, as data availability allows. Examples of what records may be included in an RER are:

Record Variable For:
Temperature  
maximum day, month, season, all time
minimum day, month, season, all time
highest so early spring
highest so late fall
lowest so late   spring
lowest so early fall
lowest maximum day, month, season, all time
highest minimum day, month, season, all time
Sea level pressure  
highest    all time
lowest all time
Wind  
highest speed all time
highest gust all time
Largest hail size all time
Most/least precipitation or snowfall  
within calendar day day, month, season, all time
within 24-hour period month, season, all time
"storm" total month, season, all time
Greatest snow depth month, season, all time
Highest/lowest river stages all time

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Climatological Report (Daily) (Product Category CLI) [TOP]

Mission Connection. The Climatological Report (Daily) (CLI) provides miscellaneous climatological data on a daily basis.

Issuance Time. The CLI is issued at least twice daily. The first mandatory issuance is between 12:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. local time to capture the previous calendar day’s (midnight-to-midnight Local Standard Time) data. The second mandatory issuance is in the late afternoon/early evening (typically between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm local time), before local newscast times, to capture data for the current day. Other issuances may be made to meet local customer requirements (e.g., a late morning report to capture the current day morning low temperature, an early evening report to capture the final high temperature for the day, etc.)

Content. The CLI contains the standardized data shown in the following example. All elements shown below are required for both mandatory daily issuances for all CLI's year-round. Elements to be included in the optional, intermediate CLI's may be adapted to meet local needs. “MM” will be used to indicate missing data, as appropriate. Weather Forecast Offices (WFO's) may append specialized data to the end of the standard fixed-fields to meet the needs of local customers.

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Climatological Report (Longer Term) (Product Category CLM) [TOP]

Mission Connection. The Climatological Report (Longer Term) (CLM) provides miscellaneous climatological data for a weekly, monthly, seasonal, or yearly basis.

Issuance Time. The CLM is issued at least monthly, no later than the 5th day of the following month.

Content. The CLM contains the standardized data as shown in the example below. All elements shown below are required for all CLM's year-round. “MM” will be used to indicate missing data, as appropriate. Weather Forecast Offices (WFO's) may append specialized data to the end of the standard fixed-fields to meet the needs of local customers.

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Preliminary Local Climatological Data (WS Form: F-6)[TOP]

Mission Connection. Preliminary Local Climatological Data (WS Form F-6), is for use by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and the public.

Issuance Time. Weather Forecast Offices (WFO's) will, at a minimum, post on the World Wide Web the F-6 data for the entire preceding month no later than the 5th day of the following month. WFO's may post the F-6 data more frequently (i.e., month to date). There is no specific time of day at which WFO's post F-6 data to the web. Some offices may post it daily, weekly, or at the end of the month.

Content. WFO's will provide the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of a point of contact for questions relating to the F-6 data. The WFO F-6 web page (with links to all F-6 data) will include a disclaimer stating that the data is "unofficial" and a note stating that NCDC is the official source of climate data. WFO posting F-6s will use the standard format (following the key). Missing data will be indicated with an "M."

Example: See the following link for an example of the F-6 form and how to read it:
How to read the F-6 form