The CRONOS Database hit a milestone this year with its eighteenth birthday. In the web world, that makes it ancient, and in this era of instant access on any device, it was time for something new.
They hatched a plan, and the result was Cardinal, their new data access system and here are a few of the highlights:
- Data is free for all users. You only need an NCSCO user account (also free) to access historical weather observations. While we do limit the number of data points you can retrieve per request, per day, and per month in order to reduce demands on our database, most requests should fall under these limits.
- The data you need is a simple search away. If you’re sweating over which stations measure relative humidity, or if ASOS sounds like something you’d dip your fries in, then fear not! Cardinal takes the guesswork out of identifying the best weather stations for your request. Using the Request Builder and its step-by-step interface, select the locations you’re interested in, the time periods over which you want data, and the parameters you need, and the Cardinal system will show you which stations are the best match.
- Requests are now fully automated. After submitting a request using the Request Builder, you should have your data in just seconds as its automated routines retrieve and prepare your data faster than ever before. Whether you want data from 2020 or 1920, it’s all accessible in an instant through Cardinal.
- New insights into weather stations. If you’re looking for the latest local conditions or exploring the history of a particular weather station, let the Station Scout tool in Cardinal be your guide. It uses intuitive, graphical displays to show current conditions, station details, historical availability, and recent data. With hundreds of active weather stations, there is always plenty to discover!
You’ve likely seen ECONet observations in climate summaries, on different homepages.Now, you can explore these stations and how their data is being used on their new ECONet site.
You’ll find the familiar statewide summary map there, along with station-specific pages showing current conditions, sensor information, and photos from each site. And they’re sharing ECONet-based research applications such as monitoring heat stress, and products like their Monthly Snapshot Viewer tool.
Their Climate Blog will also continue to tell the story of weather and climate in North Carolina. If you’re already subscribed to their mailing list, then you’ll continue to receive emails about new posts as they’re released.
They’ll be adding more information to their website in the months ahead, including additional North Carolina-specific activities and climate change content to their revamped educational pages, findings from research projects, and additional tools to help you explore data from around the state.