Monthly precipitation data from a network of standard gauges at the Jornada Experimental Range in southern New Mexico, January 1916 - October 2018

Study number: 

38

Data set ID: 

210038001

Data Access: 

Unrestricted

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Date range: 

1915-01-01 to 2018-10-31

Original investigator: 

USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range (JER)

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Abstract: 

This ongoing dataset contains monthly precipitation measurements from a network of standard can rain gauges at the Jornada Experimental Range in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA.

Precipitation physically collects within gauges during the month and is manually measured with a graduated cylinder at the end of each month. This network is maintained by USDA Agicultural Research Service personnel. This dataset includes 39 different locations but only 29 of them are currently sampled. Other precipitation data exist for this area, including event-based tipping bucket data with timestamps, but do not go as far back in time as this dataset.

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Description: 

<p>Jornada Experimental Range standard rain gauge monthly data file</p>

Methods: 

 Precipitation is collected monthly at each location in a National Weather Service type standard rain gauge with an 8-inch diameter catchment orifice. A small amount of mineral oil is used to prevent evaporation during the month. As close to the end of the month as possible, USDA-ARS personnel travel to each standard gauge and measure the collected rainfall with a graduated cylinder. These measurements are entered directly into a spreadsheet and emailed to the Jornada experimental Range network. 

Belfort Standard gauges (8 in.) with gauge stands are used for the collection of the precipitation. These gauges are placed in predetermined locations across the Jornada Experimental Range. Once a month each of these gauges are visited and the precipitation amounts measured. The measurement is done by pouring the collected precipitation into the Belfort measurement cylinder and submerging the magnified measurement stick into the cylinder and the results recorded on a data sheet. The measurements are in inches.

Additional information: 

    UTM Zone 13 WGS84, X = East, Y = North
    X, Y coordinates = UTMs
    REC     X=EAST          Y=NORTH         Z       Gauge#  NAME            PASTURE YEARS
    30      336697.91       3609961.00      1317.57 1       Headquarters    HQ      1915
    16      326890.56       3608809.90      1320.86 2       West Well       2S      1918 -
    21      329346.88       3620288.20      1315.94 3       Red Lake        3       1918 -
    28      353756.81       3616391.30      1725.05 4       Ropes Springs   MTN     1918 -
    9       336063.44       3601186.60      1314.12 5       South Well      11A     1919 -
    3       348218.06       3604250.30      1440.23 6       Ragged Tank     2B      1922 -
    8       335535.06       3595595.40      1325.55 7       Dona Ana        6       1926 -
    22      332539.66       3618297.90      1314.17 8       Middle Well     1B      1926 -
    29      344593.38       3615926.20      1412.24 9       Road Tank       19      1926 -
    7       337180.31       3595170.60      1309.37 10      Stuart Well     6       1926 -
    11      334881.88       3605176.50      1320.43 11      Yucca           11A     1926 -
    20      327424.41       3615432.70      1331.17 12      Aristida        2N      1927 -
    1       343005.38       3609491.60      1357.07 13      Brown Tank      12B     1927 -
    27      347685.06       3620577.10      1486.95 14      New Well        19      1927 -
    17      331434.19       3609132.30      1325.25 15      Rabbit          8A      1927 -
    26      339433.13       3619686.40      1377.41 16      Sandhill        1B      1927 -
    25      338998.78       3615946.50      1348.28 17      Restoration     12B     1934 - 1997
    12      329979.94       3604757.40      1329.96 18      Co-op           8C      1937 -
    33      355357.69       3609794.00      1740.01 19      Little Tank     MTN     1937 - 1995
    18      332759.41       3613529.00      1320.41 20      Mesquite        4A      1937 -
    5       341168.78       3603876.00      1331.80 21      Taylor Well     7A      1937 -
    23      333507.75       3621397.20      1332.90 22      Antelope        1B      1938 -
    2       347964.59       3612393.70      1443.40 23      Parker Tank     20A     1942 -
    10      336310.34       3604619.10      1319.79 24      Excl A          11A     1959 -
    13      330951.03       3604937.80      1324.47 25      Excl B          8C      1959 -
    24      335710.38       3615633.20      1315.99 26      NE Excl         12A     1959 -
    6       338109.28       3594292.30      1309.26 27      Southeast Exc   6       1959 - 1997
    15      327441.53       3607446.00      1319.81 28      BER             9       1961 - 1997
    34      356629.69       3605549.00      1867.01 29      St Nicholas     MTN     1963 -
    19      324657.56       3610231.30      1328.09 30      Pasture 2       2S      1965
    35      360182.81       3603035.00      1983.66 31      Goat Mtn        MTN     1967 -
    32      352225.59       3622241.00      1589.92 32      Lead Camp       MTN     1967 - 1982
    31      351439.50       3628093.00      1585.33 33      San Andrecito   MTN     1967 - 1976
    14      327017.69       3606750.30      1323.69 34      IBP             9       1970 -
    0       340031.47       3618218.41      1364.73 35      Turney          12B     1997
    0       324700.66       3613486.42      1331.35 36      Permanent Exc 1 2S      1997-
    0       324752.88       3618894.99      1336.27 37      Permanent Exc 6 2N      1997
    0       346428.19       3608128.28      1397.41 38      Cross Tank      20A     1997-
    0       342154.13       3613588.23      1382.   39      Wooten          12B     1997
 

Maintenance: 

Monthly

Date Data Last Updated: 

2018-10-31

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DOI: 

10.6073/pasta/fee63fbfa78c3c8f0d929c3fa85be385

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