Create a Multi-Station Report

This tutorial describes how to create custom reports for multiple stations in Report Generator. The example will use several SNOTEL (Snow Telemetry) stations in the state of Oregon to compare standard elements and generate two reports: a multi-station report grouped by element and a multi-station report grouped by month.

Overview

Briefly, there are 5 steps to create a custom, multi-station report:

  1. Select stations
  2. Select columns
  3. Determine column order
  4. Determine report layout
  5. Generate the report

Step 1: Select stations

  1. Start Report Generator. The application will open with the Mt. Hood Test Site selected (the default).
  2. Select the Create/Modify Report tab.
  3. Add the stations to the Selected Stations list. In Select network: select SNOTEL from the dropdown list.
  4. In Enter station(s): enter 619 (the station ID for McKenzie). Optionally, enter the first few characters of the Station Name to activate the auto-fill capability.
  5. Select the Add button to add Station 619 to the Selected Stations list.

  1. Repeat Steps #4 and #5 to add each of these stations to the Selected Stations list:

-  Three Creeks Meadow (815)
-  Roaring River (719)
-  Santiam Junction (733)

When finished, there should be five stations in the Selected Stations list.

Step 2: Select columns

The next step is to determine the data columns which will be part of the multi-station report. For this tutorial, we will add a metadata column to display the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) for the multiple stations.

  1. Add the metadata column. In the Select Columns pane, select the Metadata.
  2. Select Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC).
  3. Select the Add button to add the metadata type to the Manage Selected Columns list.

Step 3: Determine column order

In this step we will remove data columns for snow depth and for the three air temperature elements (minimum, maximum, average).

  1. In Manage Selected Columns, enable (select) the checkboxes to the left of snow depth and the three air temperature data types.
  2. Select the Remove Selected Columns link to delete the data types from the list.

Step 4: Determine report layout

For this example, the report will be generated with a frequency of Water Year, a time period of the Last 3 Water Years and Standard (non-grouped) layout.

  1. In the Select Time Period, Layout, and Units pane, select the following:

Frequency = Water year
Time Period = Last 3 Water Years
Layout = Standard - No Grouping
Units = English

Step 5: Generate the report

Now that the stations have been identified, the data types and their order defined, and the look and feel of the final report determined, it's time to generate the report and analyze the results.

  1. Select the button. The results of the report are displayed in the View Report tab.

Note that Snow Water Equivalent and Precipitation Accumulation data are displayed for the last three water years for the five selected stations. Note, too, that Report Generator automatically added the Site ID and Site Name into the report.

Tip: To save the results of the report, select the Export icon (). Use the Layout, Units, and Time Period menus to change the output of the report.

The final step in this tutorial is to create a multi-station report grouped by month:

  1. In the Select Time Period, Layout, and Units pane, select the following:

Frequency = Monthly
Time Period = Current Calendar Year and All Months
Layout = Group Elements by Month
Units = English

  1. Select the button. The results of the report are displayed in the View Report tab.

Note that snow water equivalent and precipitation accumulation data are displayed for the last calendar year by month for the five selected stations.

This completes the Create a Multi-Station Report tutorial.