Monthly Climatic Data for the World

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Monthly Climatic Data for the World (MCDW) is a monthly publication of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) division of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States. According to the website, each monthly issue "contains monthly mean temperature, pressure, precipitation, vapor pressure, and sunshine for approximately 2,000 surface data collection stations worldwide and monthly mean upper air temperatures, dew point depressions, and wind velocities for approximately 500 observing sites. This is the final quality controlled copy and generally has a 4 - 6 month time lag."[1][2]

The issues are available for download in portable document format.[1]


MCDW data is recommended as a data source by libraries and other information providers, such as the University of Chicago Library.[3] Other publications, including annual regional climate data publications, have also cited and used MCDW data.[4]

Academic research in meteorology has often cited MCDW data.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Monthly Climatic Data for the World". National Climatic Data Center, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Monthly Climatic Data of the World". Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Climatological Data for the World - Weather & Climate - Library Guides at UChicago". University of Chicago Library. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Climatological Data, Annual Summary: Kentucky. 1996. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  5. ^ Lamb, Peter J. (September 2, 1982). "Persistence of Subsaharan drought". Nature. Nature Magazine. 299 (5878): 46–48. doi:10.1038/299046a0.
  6. ^ Meentemeyer, Vernon; Box, Elgene O.; Thompson, Richard (1982). "World Patterns and Amounts of Terrestrial Plant Litter Production". BioScience. American Institute of Biological Sciences. 32 (2): 125–128. doi:10.2307/1308565. JSTOR 1308565.
  7. ^ K. M. Lugina; et al. (2006). "Monthly Surface Air Temperature Time Series Area-Averaged Over the 30-Degree Latitudinal Belts of the Globe". doi:10.3334/CDIAC/cli.003.

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