As part of the Long Term Ecological Research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, meteorological data was collected from various locations throughout Beacon, Taylor, Wright and Victoria Valleys. These files contain daily averages for the data for the Garwood Ice Cliff meteorology station. This station reported data for about a year, during 2011. On January 10, 2012 the station was being transferred to the custody of the MCM LTER program by Joe Levy (UT), completing of the handover on the Austral summer of 2014. The GAFM station was moved ~5 m from its original site in 2013 (out of the stream bed).
On Season 2010/11, by Thomas Nylen
1. Converted station to LTER format
2. CR10X time was set to UTC, but changed to local daylight saving time. CR10X 55 secs behind. Changed at 12/23/2010 0930. Changed output results to local time (UTC + 13hrs)
3. Wind Pointing north, declination at site is 152 degrees
4. GPS location: 77.74738, 161.51634
5. Sensor Heights: Temp/RH = 2.5m, Wind = 3.6m and NetRad = 2.05m
6. Loaded new program Friis1011v1 on 12/23/2010 1007.
7. Processed data back to 2005. Duplicated line of data on 1/18/2008 10:55 (local time). Deleted second extra line.
8. Replaced HMP45C RH sensor on Dec 16, 2008 @ 1304 (local). Wind direction alignment checked and is pointing north.
9. Pressure added by Wisconsin AWS group on 02/04/2008 11:00
Meteorological data is collected year-round at each of the stations in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. After retrieving this data (usually every January), the parameters that are recorded are processed from level 0 (raw) to level 1 (processed, provided on the web). The raw data file descriptions and task lists summarize what was done to get from level 0 to level 1 for all station found at the following address: http://mcmlter.org/meteorological-task-lists
Note, soil temperatures and surface changes did not offer good data as of now for this station - no averages are derived.