This data release is the update of the U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase data release by Bera (2020), with the processed data through September 30, 2020. The primary data for water year 2020 (a water year is the 12-month period, October 1 through September 30, in which it ends) is downloaded from the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) (Argonne National Laboratory, 2020) and is processed following the guidelines documented in Over and others (2010). Daily potential evapotranspiration (PET) in thousandths of an inch is computed from average daily air temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (°F), average daily dewpoint temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (°F), daily total wind movement in miles (mi), and daily total solar radiation in Langleys per day (Lg/d) and disaggregated to hourly PET in thousandths of an inch using the Fortran program LXPET (Murphy, 2005). Missing and apparently erroneous data values were replaced with adjusted values from nearby stations used as "backup". Temporal variations in the statistical properties of the data resulting from changes in measurement and data storage methodologies were adjusted to match the statistical properties resulting from the data collection procedures that have been in place since January 1, 1989 (Over and others, 2010). The adjustments were computed based on the regressions between the primary data series from ANL and the backup series using data obtained during common periods; the statistical properties of the regressions were used to assign estimated standard errors to values that were adjusted or filled from other series. The Illinois Climate Network (Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program, 2020) station at St. Charles, Illinois is used as "backup" for the air temperature, solar radiation and wind speed data. The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (Midwestern Regional Climate Center, 2020) provided the hourly dewpoint temperature and wind speed data collected by the National Weather Service from the station at O'Hare International Airport and used as "backup". Each data source flag is of the form "xyz" that allows the user to determine its source and the methods used to process the data (Over and others, 2010).
|Title||Meteorological Database, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, January 1, 1948 - September 30, 2020|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Central Midwest Water Science Center|