Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

PostBy: 63roundbadge On: Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 9:34 pm

I'm looking for a SIMPLE website that tells me how many heating/cooling degree days for either year to date, or season to season. All of the degree day websites I've found have been written by scientists for scientists. I am not a scientist, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn.

I simply want to compare coal and oil usage relative to the need.

I apologize if I'm in the wrong forum, but it is in relation to my hand-fired.
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Re: Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

PostBy: franco b On: Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 10:28 pm

This site should help.

http://www.degreedays.net/#
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Re: Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

PostBy: Sting On: Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 10:33 pm

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Re: Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

PostBy: rockwood On: Tue. Mar. 26, 2013 12:18 am

An important thing to consider when using degree day data is where the data is coming from...you want consistent data season to season.
Data from a nearby aviation site would be what I would use.

I'm kind of a weather nut and so I use official data from National Climatic Data Center :oops:
Here is a direct link to the National Climatic Data access page http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/lcd/lcd.html ....You'll see a little window with states in the middle of the screen...scroll to your state...click next...choose the station (these stations are most likely aviation weather station sites)...click next...choose a month or annual...click next....click on the link in blue.

All the climate data you will ever need will be shown.

Repeat these steps for whatever month or year you want :)

Here is a sample for Allentown for 2012.
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Re: Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

PostBy: 63roundbadge On: Tue. Mar. 26, 2013 6:59 am

rockwood wrote:An important thing to consider when using degree day data is where the data is coming from...you want consistent data season to season.
Data from a nearby aviation site would be what I would use.

I'm kind of a weather nut and so I use official data from National Climatic Data Center :oops:
Here is a direct link to the National Climatic Data access page http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/lcd/lcd.html ....You'll see a little window with states in the middle of the screen...scroll to your state...click next...choose the station (these stations are most likely aviation weather station sites)...click next...choose a month or annual...click next....click on the link in blue.

All the climate data you will ever need will be shown.

Repeat these steps for whatever month or year you want :)

Here is a sample for Allentown for 2012.
**Broken Link(s) Removed**


BINGO! The summary above is EXACTLY what I've been searching for-the last column shows total heating DD for the season. One season relative to the other. This way I can say it was 10% colder, but I used the same amount of coal/oil so I know if I'm improving my stove operation.

THANK YOU ROCKWOOD!
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Re: Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

PostBy: rockwood On: Wed. Mar. 27, 2013 11:05 am

Your welcome. The only downside to getting monthly data from this source is lag time...it takes a month or two for the latest data to be posted.
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