HOW TO CORRECTLY FILL OUT YOUR B-92 FORM AND TIPS

Filling out the header

Image of the top portion of the B-92 form.
 
There are 6 boxes you need to fill out:
  • Box 1: Fill in your station name.
  • Box 2: Fill in the county that the weather station is located in.
  • Box 3: Fill in the state; TX.
  • Box 4: Fill in the month either by name or number and fill in the year.
  • Box 5: Fill in the time that you take your observation using local time (i.e. 0700 or 0800 for 7 am or 8 am).
  • Boxes 6: Fill in the time zone: "Central". If you wish to put "Central Daylight (CDT)" or "Central Standard (CST)", you may. Note: CDT refers to the timeframe of early spring through mid fall and CST refers to the mid fall through winter timeframe.
  Filling out the bottom
Image of the bottom portion of the B-92 form.
 There are 2 boxes you need to fill out:
  • Box 7: Please sign your name in this box.
  • Box 8: If your 7 digit ID number is not already stamped in this box, please fill in this box with your ID number. This number has two dashes in it and begins with "41-". The prefix "41-" refers to Texas .
  TIPS FOR FILLING IN THE BODY/DAILY RECORDS
  • Remember to fill in your data on the row for the date you take your reading!!  If you read the temperature and precipitation on the 16th of the month, write the values on the row for the 16th.  DO NOT write your values on the day before (or the day after), even though the high temperature reading may have been on the previous day and/or it rained on the previous day (the 15th of the month in this example).  NCDC has a way of accounting for the day and time difference, so make sure you are writing your readings on the actual day that you take them!
  • Your "At Ob" temperature should be recorded in the column titled "Dry-bulb" under the section titled "At Observation"
  • Regarding temperature readings taken at 7 or 8 am... The rule of thumb for temperature reporting is that the high temperature must be equal to or higher than the "At Ob" temperature recorded that day and the previous day; and the low temperature must be equal to or lower than the "At Ob" temperature recorded that day and the previous day. For example, you take your temperature readings on the 16th and the "At Ob" temperature is 74.  The previous day (the 15th), your "At Ob" temperature was 72. Therefore, for your temperature readings that you take on the 16th, your max temperature must be equal to or higher than 74 (the higher of the two "At Ob" temperature readings) and your min temperature must be equal to or lower than 72 (the lower of the two "At Ob" temperature readings).
  • Please remember to fill in a value for every day of the month! If there was no precipitation on a certain day, please record "0.00" precipitation. If a zero ("0.00") value is not filled in, the data could be assumed to be missing. By filling in a value for every day, you define in your permanent records the days precipitation was recorded and the days no precipitation fell.
  • Precipitation is recorded to the nearest hundredth of an inch (two decimal places; i.e.: 0.05, 1.70, 11.06). Please make sure each entry has two decimal places and please place the decimal in the correct location. (Snowfall is recorded the nearest tenth of an inch. See "How to Measure and Record Snow" for additional information and instructions)
  • Record a Trace of precipitation with a "T". A trace is defined as a measurement less than 1/100 of an inch. You may also record a trace of precipitation when it briefly rains at your location but doesn't hit the rain gauge, or if it sprinkles for a short time, but not enough to measure 0.01".
  • Add up your total precipitation at the end of each month and enter the total at the bottom of the "Rain, melted snow, etc" column. This total should be written in the second to last box of the column (on the row marked "Sum"). If you have missing days on your report, do not enter a total.
  • Be careful when recording precipitation on foggy or hazy mornings.  Oftentimes, dew will form on the plastic funnel that then drops into the rain gauge (plastic tube) . Your rain gauge may record 0.01" inches or more, but this is false and should not be recorded!
  • Please go back and fill in any missing days before you send in your report at the end of the month. If you don't have data for a certain day(s), please fill in an "M" to indicate missing data.
  • You can  enhance your weather report by marking the time(s) of precipitation as it occurs; if you know the the time. Mark these times on the actual day that it rains/snows! Fill in the beginning and ending times in the columns marked "Time of beginning" and "Time of ending" under the "Precipitation" section.

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