NYS Mesonet Data Information

The mission of the New York State (NYS) Mesonet is to operate a world-class environmental monitoring network and deliver high-quality observations and timely value-added products to New York State residents and workers in order to support state decision makers, to enhance public safety and education, and to stimulate advances in resource management, agriculture, industry, and research. As such, the Mesonet provides a service to the state of New York through its collection, quality control, and dissemination of its observations and products. All users of this service must agree to its data policy and terms of use, as outlined below.

For technical information about our standard 126-site network, including file format options, please review our Read Me file, found here.

Data Access Policy

A cost-recovery fee may be charged for some data requests. NYS Mesonet data are free to the general public for personal use and available for licensing to other entities in accordance with the NYS Mesonet Data Policy. For more information, please contact the NYS Mesonet Program Manager, Dr. June Wang, at jwang20@aREMOVE_THIS_PARTlbany.edu.

All New York State Mesonet data are copyrighted and protected as the intellectual property of the Mesonet. NYS Mesonet data includes all raw and quality-assured observations as well as all value-added products directly created and distributed by the Mesonet. With the exception of media users and explicit agreements to the contrary, no redistribution, sharing, or selling of the data is allowed. Penalty is termination of access to data and possible legal action to recover lost revenue.

Request Data Access

NYS Mesonet data may be requested from the data request page. Please review our data access policy above, which includes pricing information for certain groups.

Research Policy

All papers published using Mesonet data should reference Brotzge et al. (2020) and must include the NYS Mesonet acknowledgment statement below. Co-authorship with Mesonet personnel is highly encouraged to ensure the most accurate use of the data, although this is not a requirement. Researchers using Mesonet data must agree to the Data Policy and Terms of Use.

Acknowledgement Statement

This research is made possible by the New York State (NYS) Mesonet. Original funding for the NYS Mesonet (NYSM) buildup was provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency grant FEMA-4085-DR-NY. The continued operation and maintenance of the NYSM is supported by National Mesonet Program, University at Albany, Federal and private grants, and others.

All University at Albany researchers planning to use NYS Mesonet data within a proposal must fill out a "Proposal Request Form", and this must be submitted to the NYSM Program Manager (June Wang) prior to submission of the proposal. Please download the form here.

Terms of Use

All users of the NYS Mesonet data agree to its Data Access Policy and financial contracts. In return, the NYS Mesonet will work in good faith to uphold the reliability and accuracy of its network, data and products. However, the Mesonet is not legally responsible for the accuracy of its observations and products, the reliability of its network, or the decisions made as a result of the use of these data.

All NYS Mesonet observations, products, and web content and graphics are copyrighted and remain the property of the Mesonet. No text or graphics may be copied from the NYS Mesonet website without the written consent of the Mesonet.

All content presented on NYS Mesonet materials and website are presented as accurately and as timely as possible. However, we do not guarantee that the materials are error-free, and is the responsibility of the user to verify the veracity of all information presented.

The NYS Mesonet is not responsible for any computer viruses or related problems that users may incur when accessing our data and web services.

If you have any questions regarding the NYS Mesonet terms of use policy, please contact the NYS Mesonet Program Manager, Dr. June Wang, at jwang20@aREMOVE_THIS_PARTlbany.edu.

Known Siting Problems

Consistent Shadow Issues Caused by Trees

The following list documents stations that consistently have shadows impacting the data.

SiteTime ImpactedDescription
Claryville (CLAR)MorningTrees to the east
Croghan (CROG)Morning and EveningTrees surrounding
Duanesburg (DUAN)MorningTrees surrounding
Eldred (ELDR)Morning and EveningTrees surrounding
High Falls (HFAL)Morning and EveningTrees surrounding
North Branch (NBRA)EveningMountain shadow
North Hudson (NHUD)MorningTrees to the south
Osceola (OSCE)EveningTrees and building to the south and west
Piseco (PISE)MorningTrees to the north, east, and south
Raquette Lake (RAQU)Morning and EveningTrees surrounding
Suffern (SUFF)MorningTrees to the east and south
Tannersville (TANN)MorningTrees surrounding
Tupper Lake (TUPP)MorningTrees to the north, east, and south
Whiteface Mountain Base (WFMB)EveningTrees surrounding, building to the south
Woodgate (WGAT)EveningTrees to the south, west, and north