Western Regional Climate Center
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, Nevada 89512
Phone: 775 674-7010
Who is the Western Regional Climate Center?
The Western Regional Climate Center, inaugurated in 1986, is one of six regional climate centers in the United States.
The regional climate center program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Specific oversight is provided by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).
The mission of the Western Regional Climate Center is to disseminate high quality climate data and information
pertaining to the western United States; foster better use of this information in decision-making;
conduct applied research related to climate issues;
and improve the coordination of climate-related activities at state, regional and national scales.
What kind of climate data do we have and what kinds of request do we get?
You might be surprised. We get a wide variety of calls such as
lawyer, media, insurance companies, variety of businesses, teachers and students,
Contractors, Forest Service, BLM, State and Local Gov't, individuals who just have a climate
related question and much more.
Climate Data Includes, but not limited to: Daily climate observations
for digital period of record (6,781 stations, about 2,608 now active),
Summarized monthly climate data (5,240 stations), Hourly precipitation
data (1,937 stations), Twice-daily upper air soundings (about 50 stations), Surface airways hourly observations (over 1,800 stations nationwide), Remote Automatic Weather Station (RAWS), Historic lightning data (ALDS) thru 1996,
Access to Natural Resources Conservation Service SNOTEL and other western databases, 3,000 climate stations on the web for the western states, 200,000+ web pages to choose from.
The WRCC exists to fill several roles:
Serve as a focal point for coordination of applied climate activities in the West
Maintain links to other climate programs
- Federal resource management agencies
- Western committees and commissions
Conduct applied research on climate issues affecting the West
- National Climate Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina
- Regional Climate Centers
- State climatologists and state climate programs
- Climate Analysis Center, Washington D.C.
- National Weather Service
- Impacts of climate variability in the western United States
- Quality control of western databases
- Relation of El Nino/Southern Oscillation to western climate
- Climatic trends and fluctuations in the West
- GIS and remote sensing
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