Data Sources and Collection
The data used in the WETS Tables are observed by the National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program. This nationwide network consists of several thousand active climatic stations. Observations at cooperative stations are performed by private citizens, institutions (such as utilities and television stations), or state and Federal agencies.
The data collection engine for creating WETS Tables is the Agricultural Applied Climate Information System (AgACIS). AgACIS was developed and is maintained by the NOAA Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) to manage the flow of information from climate data collectors to end users. Its main objective is to help people using climate data make management decisions.