CFSR Global Weather Data for SWAT 1979-2014

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) was completed over the 36-year period of 1979 through 2014. The CFSR was designed and executed as a global, high resolution, coupled atmosphere-ocean-land surface-sea ice system to provide the best estimate of the state of these coupled domains over this period. You may download daily CFSR data (precipitation, wind, relative humidity, and solar) in SWAT file format and CSV for the entire period in a zip file by continent.

Zipped Data by Continent

Each zip file contains daily precipitation, wind, relative humidity, and solar data in SWAT file format and CSV for 1979-2014. This data is available as is and there are no plans to update it in the future. More recent global weather data for SWAT is available at the W3S-Water website.


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