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Climate Division Plots
Data Notes and caveats
How to read file used in plot.
How to reference plots
Climate Division Information
NCEI's Climate Division Webpage. Includes references and related documentation.
Data caveats.
Get climate division boundaries.
Get county boundaries.
Get stations that went into division data (from NCEI's ftp server).
US Map with list of map climate divisions and individual state maps of the climate divisions (with counties).
Get State averaged temperature and precipitation climatologies.
Related Pages
Atmospheric and Ocean Time series (SOI, PNA, etc.).
Get timeseries from climate division dataset and other datasets.
Plot maps and time series at one climate division (from NCEI). Choose "map interface to selected online data". Under select products, choose "divisional data". Uses Flash.

US Climate Division Dataset Mapping Page: Data Notes

Stations go into and out of the resord and all of it is QC'd at NCDC. See their webpage and ftp site for more information about the stations and about the QC process.

  1. 10/17/2014: Heating and Cooling Degrees Added.
  2. 10/17/2014: Mean plots no longer default to white in middle.
  3. 10/01/2014: Tmax and Tmin are available in the new version of the dataset and they have been added to this plotting page
  4. 06/30/2012: Precipitation STD for 1981-2010 was scaled incorrectly. (Old) Values should be increased by 1.9X. Corrected Values are now available.


  1. Data is subject to change at a later date (often 6 months later) though in practice, most values don't change.
  2. PDSI values are calculated at NCDC for each division based on the temperature and precipitation. The PDSI is not linear so averaging different months is not the same thing as getting the PDSI from average temperature and precipitation.
  3. Stations go into and out of the averages depending on many factors. NCDC has the stations that went into averages in their ftp site. See NCDC for more information on data QC.
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