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Trying to access a NOAA database

  1. Feb 14, 2010 #1
    I'm trying to read solar radiation data from the following website....can anyone assist me in accessing this information...thank you. (I am expecting to see surface solar radiation strengths by state.)

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/documentlibrary/surface-doc.html

    You have to scroll down to this:

    Dataset 3282: U.S. National Solar Radiation Database

    and then select that line item..they are in numercial order....
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 14, 2010 #2
    Um, you're looking at the metadata tables, not the actual tables.You're gonna have to parse/import the XML file into a db and then read out information, but as far as I can tell these files only give you information about the tables/data (like column name and range limits) anyway.

    Actual database: NSRDB
    hourly data, by state
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
  4. Feb 16, 2010 #3
    So it's yet another useless government expenditure of my tax dollars...just great!!!!

    Thanks for the assistance...
     
  5. Feb 16, 2010 #4
    The data is all there, you just have to know what you're looking at/where to look. Having lab facilities where you can just download all the data and arrange it sensibly helps a lot.
     
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