This page is designed to help you create in Energy Scheming a custom climate file for your location. Below you will find the most accessible sources for creating climate files based on average data.

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Data Sources
General Climate Information
Abbreviated Climate Data for Individual Days

Forms for Recording Input Data

Ten Day Climate File Forms (PageMaker 6.0 format)
Input Form for General Data (1st Climate Input Screen)
Input Form for Individual Days (Use one for each evaluation day)

Data Sources

Sources listed below are abbreviated as follows:

ES Manual

Energy Scheming Manual


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data. "Normals, Means, and Extremes," most readily available in:

NOAA (1980). Climates of the States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2nd ed. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co.


NOAA Normals are also available in:

  • Comparative Climatic Data On-Line Tables listed by data type comparing US cities. Most normals can be found here, but you will have to look at a several tables to get it.
  • U.S. Divisional and Station Climatic Data and Normals Vol. 1.0, CD-ROM. Order on-line from National Climatic Data Center, or more specifically a description can be found here.


Canadian Climate Normals, 1961-1990
from the Canadian Meteorological Centre of Environment Canada

NREL Buildings

NREL (September 1995). Solar Radiation Data Manual for Buildings. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP -463-7904. DE95009254. Also available on-line at: .

NREL Collectors

NREL (April 1994). Solar Radiation Data Manual for Flat - Plate and Concentrating Collectors. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP -463-5607. DE93018229. Also available on-line at: .



Reynolds, John S. and Benjamin Stein (1992). Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 8th edition. New York: Wiley.



International Station Meteorological Climate Summary, version 3.0 (CD-ROM). March, 1995. National Climatic Data Center. Purchase information is available on-line at: , or more specifically a description can be found at:


Typical Metoerological Year data. TMY is detailed hourly data for high-end computer simulation of energy. TMY is available on line at:

Climate Consultant


  • A current list of climate files available for Climate Consultant on the Washington University School of Architecture file server. Contact Mark DeKay to obtain copies of these files.
  • Download climate files
  • Instructions for loading the files into the software Climate Consultant.

Climate Consultant and a file converter for TMY files are available free from UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

General Climate Information

The first input screen, shown below, asks for data that applies to all evaluation days. Later, you will input data for each of the individual days in your climate file.


Abbreviated Climate Data for Individual Days

For each individual evaluation day, you need to fill out an input screen like the one shown below.