Create a Single Station Report

This tutorial describes how to create a custom report for a single station in Report Generator. The example will use a SNOTEL station (Site 526, Hogg Pass) to create a report which compares snow water equivalent (SWE) and snow depth data for the current year and the previous year.

Overview

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

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

Step 1: Select station

  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. Remove the Mt. Hood Test Site from the Selected Stations list. In the Select Stations (1) area, select the Remove link for the Mt. Hood Test Site.

  1. Add the Hogg Pass station to the Selected Stations list. In Select network: select SNOTEL from the dropdown list.
  2. In Enter station(s): enter 526 (the station ID for Hogg Pass). Optionally, enter the first few characters of the Station Name to activate the auto-fill capability.
  3. Select the Add button to add Station 526 to the Selected Stations list.

The Hogg Pass station is now the selected station for the custom report.

Step 2: Select columns

The next step is to determine the data columns which will be part of the single station report. For this tutorial, we will add columns to display the previous year's snow water equivalent (SWE) and snow depth data for the Hogg Pass station.

  1. In the Select Columns pane, ensure the Data tab is selected.
  2. In the Element area, select snow water equivalent. Change the Value Type to Previous Year's Value.
  3. Select the Add button to add the element to the Manage Selected Columns list.

  1. In the Element area, select snow depth. Change the Value Type to Previous Year's Value.
  2. Select the Add button to add the element to the Manage Selected Columns list.

Step 3: Determine column order

The next step is to determine which columns will be included in the report and the order in which those columns will be displayed.  For this example, we'll be removing the precipitation and air temperature data types (since they aren't germane to this report) and changing the order of the remaining columns.

  1. In the Manage Selected Columns list, enable (select) the checkboxes to the left of these data types:

precipitation accumulation
air temperature maximum
air temperature minimum
air temperature average

  1. Select the Remove Selected Columns link. The data types will be removed from the list.

  1. Change the order of a column. Enable (select) the checkbox to the left of the snow water equivalent Previous Year's Value data type.
  2. Select the Move Up button. The snow water equivalent Previous Year's Value will move up one level in order.

The report will contain snow water equivalent data for the current year and the previous year, followed by snow depth data for the current year and the previous year for the Hogg Pass station (526).

Now that the data types and order of the columns are complete, it's time to determine the layout of the final report.

Step 4: Determine report layout

For this example, the initial report will be generated with a frequency of monthly and Standard (non-grouped) layout.

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

Frequency = Monthly
Time Period = Current Calendar Year and All Months
Layout = Standard - No Grouping
Units = English

Step 5: Generate the report

Now that the station has 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 snow depth data are displayed for the current and previous year for the Hogg Pass station (526).

  1. To change the report from tabular to chart view, select Chart (Single station only) from the Layout drop-down menu.

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.

This completes the Create a Single Station Report tutorial. If you'd like to learn how to create a report with data from multiple stations, go to the next tutorial.

Proceed to Create a Multi-Station Report tutorial