Today we released a fourth beta release of the databank holdings. The associated readme file is available at ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/globaldatabank/monthly/stage3/updates_to_beta4.pdf. The fourth beta release involves changes to the metadata format (see the README) and the provision of files in netcdf format. We have made every effort to make these netcdf files compliant with the CF conventions. Put more honestly we have managed to fool the available online python script-based checker into concurring that these are CF compliant. But we would greatly appreciate anyone taing these for a road test and telling us if we are missing things or things break so we can modify the netcdf file formats as necessary.
The formal release is still planned to occur upon acceptance of the methods paper which at this time remains as submitted status at the journal.
The set of stations remains over 30,000, with many longer stations than available in GHCNMv3