Reporting Format for the NEWN

Members of the NEWN report their weather data for the past 24 hours, i.e. 5:30 AM to 5:30 AM, not from the start of the day at midnight to the current time.  Unfortunately this time line may not fit in with some of the view options available on your weather station.  But, most of them will allow you to set the view to the past 24 hours.

The net control stations copy data fairly quickly and it makes their job much easier if stations report their data in the following order:

Temperature (current temperature)

Barometer (current reading plus the trend [rising, falling or steady])

Wind speed and direction (last 10 minutes or so; predominant compass direction; peak wind gusts for the past 24 hours are optional; if there is no wind report it as “calm” not as 0 MPH)

Sky cover (use a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is perfectly clear and 10 is completely overcast; intermediate values are an estimate of the sky cover, i.e. “sky is 5” means an estimate of 50% sky coverage)

Gradient (high and low temperatures for the past 24 hours)

Rain (liquid precipitation for the past 24 hours including the melt from new snow; total amount of new snow for the past 24 hours; total accumulated depth of snow in a representative area of ground)

Other (anything of significance such as moderate to severe flooding, frequent thunder and lightning, damaging winds)

We do not collect data on dew point or humidity.  A typical report will look like:  “54 degrees in Falmouth, barometer of 30.23 and rising, wind indicated SW calm with peak wind gusts of 15 mph overnight, gradient 68 over 54, nothing in the rain gauge”