In January 1987 the National Climatic Data Center introduced automated graphics into its Climatological Data publications. The publications, which are produced for each state and distributed to thousands of subscribers monthly, have, in the past, presented data only in a tabular fashion. Graphics afford the opportunity to put the monthly data into historical and areal perspective. An operational scenario of the graphics subsystem is presented. In addition, selected maps of monthly and seasonal precipitation departures from normal, for stations within the National Weather Service's Cooperative Data network, are presented and discussed.

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