API and Data Disclaimer

The data provided to MesoWest and SynopticLabs are made available either by accessing open-source data repositories or provided voluntarily to us by government agencies, educational institutions, or commercial firms. These data are intended to be used by: governmental agencies to protect lives and property, the public for general information, and educational institutions for instructional and research purposes. Other uses of the data from one or more stations may require written approval from the agencies that installed the weather sensors. Contact MesoWest/SynopticLabs or the entity providing the data to determine whether written approval may be required.

Due to the nature of data transmission across the Internet and other communication methods, information accessible via MesoWest/SynopticLabs services may not always be available or current. No warranties are expressed or implied regarding the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of the information contained herein.

Data users are also cautioned to consider the provisional nature of the data before using it for decision making. The user assumes the entire risk related to use of the data. The data are provided "as is" and the originating source for the data or MesoWest/SynopticLabs is not liable for any damages, including, without limitation, damages resulting from lost data or lost profits or revenue, the costs of recovering such data, the costs of substitute data, claims by third parties or for other similar costs, or any special, incidental, or consequential damages, arising out of the use of the data. The accuracy or reliability of the data is not guaranteed or warranted in any way and the providers disclaim liability of any kind whatsoever, including, without limitation, liability for quality, performance, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose arising out of the use, or inability to use the data.

Authors of research publications that depend upon substantial use of data available via MesoWest/SynopticLabs should acknowledge the data providers by including a statement similar to: This study was made possible in part due to the data made available by (1) a specific source or (2) more generically, governmental agencies, commercial firms, and educational institutions. In addition to acknowledging the providers, two Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society articles may also be referenced if appropriate. These articles are Mesowest: Cooperative Mesonets in the Western United States (Horel et al. 2002) and Weather Support for the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (Horel et al. 2002).

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