Degree Days-Is There a Simple Website?

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Post Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 9:34 pm

I'm looking for a SIMPLE website that tells me how many heating/cooling degree days for either year to date, or season to season. All of the degree day websites I've found have been written by scientists for scientists. I am not a scientist, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn.

I simply want to compare coal and oil usage relative to the need.

I apologize if I'm in the wrong forum, but it is in relation to my hand-fired.
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Post Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 10:28 pm

This site should help.

http://www.degreedays.net/#

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Post Mon. Mar. 25, 2013 10:33 pm

When you turn your boiler on -Does it return the favor?
I have finally lost my mind. Don't bother to return it. It wasn't working properly anyway!

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Post Tue. Mar. 26, 2013 12:18 am

An important thing to consider when using degree day data is where the data is coming from...you want consistent data season to season.
Data from a nearby aviation site would be what I would use.

I'm kind of a weather nut and so I use official data from National Climatic Data Center :oops:
Here is a direct link to the National Climatic Data access page http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/lcd/lcd.html ....You'll see a little window with states in the middle of the screen...scroll to your state...click next...choose the station (these stations are most likely aviation weather station sites)...click next...choose a month or annual...click next....click on the link in blue.

All the climate data you will ever need will be shown.

Repeat these steps for whatever month or year you want :)

Here is a sample for Allentown for 2012.
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Post Tue. Mar. 26, 2013 6:59 am

rockwood wrote:An important thing to consider when using degree day data is where the data is coming from...you want consistent data season to season.
Data from a nearby aviation site would be what I would use.

I'm kind of a weather nut and so I use official data from National Climatic Data Center :oops:
Here is a direct link to the National Climatic Data access page http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/IPS/lcd/lcd.html ....You'll see a little window with states in the middle of the screen...scroll to your state...click next...choose the station (these stations are most likely aviation weather station sites)...click next...choose a month or annual...click next....click on the link in blue.

All the climate data you will ever need will be shown.

Repeat these steps for whatever month or year you want :)

Here is a sample for Allentown for 2012.
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BINGO! The summary above is EXACTLY what I've been searching for-the last column shows total heating DD for the season. One season relative to the other. This way I can say it was 10% colder, but I used the same amount of coal/oil so I know if I'm improving my stove operation.

THANK YOU ROCKWOOD!
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Post Wed. Mar. 27, 2013 11:05 am

Your welcome. The only downside to getting monthly data from this source is lag time...it takes a month or two for the latest data to be posted.
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