Select Predefined Reports
This tutorial shows how to work with predefined reports in Report Generator. There are two types of predefined reports:
Data Reports. These reports are based on several standard elements (such as precipitation or snow depth), values, and time periods.
Metadata Reports. These reports are based on current and historic sensor data and site information.
Note: This tutorial uses the set of the Data Reports and Metadata Reports that are available in the current release of Report Generator. Your version of Report Generator may have additional reports available.
The tutorial consists of three, short lessons:
Lesson 1 shows how to display the different predefined Data Reports in the View Reports pane.
Lesson 2 shows how to take the results in the View Reports pane and save them to a .csv (comma-separated value) file for further analysis.
Lesson 3 shows how to quickly change the layout of a single station Data Report from tabular view to chart view.
Lesson 1: View Report
Start Report Generator. The application will open with the Mt. Hood Test Site selected (the default) and the Standard Sensors-Daily report displayed in the View Report tab.
Go to the Reports dropdown list and select Standard Sensors-Hourly. Note that the data in the View Reports tab changes from daily to hourly.
Next, select Snow Depth from the Reports dropdown list. The data changes to reflect Snow Water Equivalent and Snow Depth for the last 30 days.
Try the remaining selections in the Reports dropdown list to see what’s available.
Lesson 2: Export Data
This lesson uses components in the View Report tab to take the data from the Standard Sensors-Daily report and save it to .csv (comma-separated value) or .xls (Excel) format for further analysis.
Open a text editor (such as Notepad or Excel).
Copy and paste the data from the web page into the text editor.
Save the file with a .csv or .xls extension.
Lesson 3: Change from Standard to Chart Layout
Important: The ability to change from Standard (tabular) to Chart Layout is available for single station reports only.
This lesson uses the Layout dropdown menu in the View Report tab to change the display of the Standard Sensors-Daily report from tabular to line chart view.
If not already there, go to the Reports dropdown list and select Standard Sensors-Daily. The predefined report displays in the View Reports tab.
In the View Reports tab, select Chart (Single station only) from the Layout dropdown list.
The report will change to chart format.
To save the chart as a PDF file, select the PDF icon (), right-click the file to perform a Save As... and supply a filename.
To export the data to .csv, select the Export icon () and save according to the instructions in Lesson 2.
To save the image, right click on the image, select Save Image As... and save the file to a graphics format, such as .png or .jpg.
To return to tabular format, select Standard from the Layout dropdown list.