1 Intro

rdwd is an R package to handle data from the German Weather Service (DWD).

This vignette has 3 main sections:

  • time series from meteorological stations (chapters 2-5)
  • raster data from radar + interpolation (chapter 6)
  • use cases, i.e. extended usage examples (chapter 7-end)

Important links:

The remainder of this intro chapter is a copy of the github README file.


rdwd is an R package to select, download and read climate data from the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD).
The DWD provides thousands of datasets with weather observations online at opendata.dwd.de.
Since May 2019, rdwd also supports reading the Radolan (binary) raster data at grids_germany.

rdwd is available on CRAN: CRAN_Status_Badge downloads Rdoc “rdwd dependencies”

It has been presented at FOSDEM 2017 and UseR!2017 in Brussels, featured in Rstudios data package list and written about in OSOR.

1.2 Installation

1.2.3 Full

Suggested (not mandatory) dependencies:

  • RCurl for indexFTP and selectDWD(…, current=TRUE)
  • data.table for readDWD(…, fread=TRUE)
  • raster, R.utils, ncdf4, dwdradar for readDWD with gridded data
  • readr for readDWD.stand(…, fast=TRUE)
  • knitr, rmarkdown, testthat for recreating the vignette and local testing
  • leaflet, OSMscale for interactive/static maps, see OSMscale installation tips

Note: on Linux (Ubuntu), install RCurl via the terminal (CTRL+ALT+T, note lowercase rcurl):

sudo apt install r-cran-rcurl