I need the daily mean temperatures and precipitation values for particular days and specific localities, far from any weather gauge. I guess that, for example, this dataset kindly provided by NOAA could fit my requirements, but I would be more than thankful to anybody who may recommend me a different one with a highest resolution and easiest accessibility. I downloaded the temperature data for the specific years I need (.gz), I uncompressed them, but I was unable to do something else: I have been unable to read/load the uncompressed datasets. I have been googleing for a solution, but found nothing I was able to replicate. Can anybody be so kind as to provide me with an idiot-proof explanation of how to handle this information in R language?