Precipitation measurements from historic and current standard, storage and recording rain gauges at the Andrews Experimental Forest, 1951 to present

  • Creator(s): Christopher Daly, Jack S. Rothacher
  • PI(s): Christopher Daly
  • Originator(s): Jack S. Rothacher
  • Other researcher(s): Mark D Schulze, Greg M Cohn, Adam M Kennedy, Stephanie A Schmidt
  • Dates of data collection: Nov 21 1951 - Feb 9 2019
  • Data collection status: Study continues and further data collection is planned
  • Data access: Online
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  • Last update: Feb 21 2019 (Version 4)
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Daly, C.; Rothacher, J. 2019. Precipitation measurements from historic and current standard, storage and recording rain gauges at the Andrews Experimental Forest, 1951 to present. Long-Term Ecological Research. Forest Science Data Bank, Corvallis, OR. [Database]. Available: Accessed 2023-12-11.
Data were provided by the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB 2025755), US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University.
While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". The Andrews LTER shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of data sets.
Andrews Forest precipitation has been measured continuously using various rain gage types since 1951. Most of these rain gages are standard (non-recording) gages with 7.5 or 8 inch orifices or large capacity storage gages intended for sites with limited access collected irregularly over longer intervals. Recording rain gages have also been established to collect higher temporal resolutions (e.g., 5 minute or 15 minute) and also used as a means of parsing (“prorating”) these periodic interval measurements from these standard and storage gages into daily totals. This data set includes an inventory of all rain gages that have operated within the Andrews as well as one site in the nearby Wildcat RNA and one in the town of Blue River. The inventory includes information regarding the date range of operation, gage location, type of gage, the rain network within which it was established, general availability of data and descriptive notes. A second table includes all of the raw measurement data for these non-recording gages over every interval where data were taken, and additionally includes the corresponding recording gage and its measurement total used to prorate data into a daily record. A third table includes the prorated daily data for all of these standard and storage gages as well as the true daily totals for two recording rain gages. A fourth table includes high temporal resolution for one early recording gage at Forks and the Mack Creek recording gage. Note that while precipitation data associated with the 6 benchmark stations are included in this rain gage inventory (Entity 1), the daily and high temporal resolution data for these sites are available through a separate meteorological data set, database code MS001.

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1Rain gauge inventory (Nov 21 1951 - May 1 2017)METADATADATA
2Periodic precipitation from standard and storage rain and snow gauges (Nov 21 1951 - Dec 21 2016)METADATADATA
3Daily precipitation from standard, storage, and recording rain gauges (Nov 21 1951 - Feb 8 2019)METADATADATA
4Fine temporal precipitation for Mack Creek (1984 to present) and the historic Forks recording gage (1951 to 1959) (Nov 21 1951 - Feb 9 2019)METADATADATA

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