Guide to the Washington State Climatological records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Critchfield, Howard J.
Title: Washington State Climatological records
Dates: 1865-1989 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 linear feet
Collection Number: XOE_CPNWS0252WAClimate
Summary: The Washington State Climatological records date from around 1865 to 1989, and include reports and publications containing climate data from around the state.
Repository: Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Contact Information: Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

The Washington State Climatological records date from around 1865 to 1989, and include monthly reports published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration, miscellaneous reports and publications from various entities, Washington State climate records on microfilm and microfiche, and local climatological data from Washington weather stations.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

Washington State Climatological records, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Washington State Climatological records are organized according to the following series arrangement:

  • Series I. Washington Climatological Reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1950-1989
  • Series II. Reports and Publications 1890-1986
  • Series III. Climate Records 1880-1985
  • Series IV. Local Climatological Data from Washington Stations 1877-1987
Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Professor Howard J. Critchfield of Western Washington University, date unknown.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I. :  Washington Climatological Reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration1950-1989
1-2 Monthly reports 1950-1989

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Series II. :  Reports and Publications1890-1986
3 Miscellaneous Publications and Pricelist 1970s
3 “Guide to Climatic Information, Washington State,” by Howard Critchfield, WWU 1984
3 Climatology, Meteorology of Austrialia (2 booklets) 1948; 1956
3 Evaporation/Evapotranspiration Washington 1961
3 Some Weather Extremes in Oregon 1978
3 Climatological Summary for Grand Forks, North Dakota 1967
3 U.S. Standard Atmosphere Properties Atmosphere Chart 1964
3 Comparative Climatic Data For the United States 1984
3 Atlas of Mean Winter Temperature Departures From The Long-Term Mean Over The Contiguous United States 1895-1979 1980
3 Extreme Maximum Values of Evaporation At Selected Stations in Eleven Western States and Texas 1972
3 A Service-Oriented State Climate Program for the Citizens of the United States 1978
3 NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS WR-28: Weather Extremes by Robert J. Schmidli 1978
3 Probability of Selected Precipitation Amounts In The Western Region of the United States Section for Washington 1967
3 Washington Climate for Adams, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman Counties 1965
3 Washington Climate for Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Pacific, Wahkiakum Counties 1972
3 Washington Climate for Ferry, Pend Oreille, Stevens Counties 1972
3 Washington Climate for Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla Counties 1970
3 Washington Climate for Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Thurston Counties 1964
3 Washington Climate for Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan Counties 1975
3 Washington Climate for Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima Counties 1979
3 Washington Climate for King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce Counties 1968
3 Washington Climate for Clallam, Jefferson, Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Whatcom Counties 1966
3 Climate of the States: Climate of Washington 1972
3 Climatic Data Lower Yakima Valley 1954-1962 1965
3 Climatic Guide For Seattle, Washington and Adjacent Puget Sound Area 1961
3 Monthly Normals of Temperature, Percipitation, and Heating and Cooling Degree Days for Washington State 1941-70 1973
3 Monthly Normals of Temperature, Percipitation, and Heating and Cooling Degree Days for Washington State 1951-80 1982
3 Monthly Normals Summary of Hourly Observations For Sea-Tac, Spokane, Seattle, Climatic Summary of the United States 1941-1970
3 Climatic Information for Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, and Alabama 1976-1980
3 Potential Hazards From Future Eruptions of Mount St. Helens Volcano 1979
3 Climatic Summary of the U.S. For 1951 Through 1960, For 1931 to 1952 Climatic Guide For Seattle and 1930 (or Earlier) 1930s-1960
3 Climatological Summaries For Bellingham, Blaine, Anacortes, Solmet Conversion Table Airport Climatological Summaries For Spokane, Seattle, Decadal Census of Weather Stations Applied Meteorology 1957-1978
3 Climate Change Studies: Washington 1890-1982
3 Variability of Precipitation In The Pacific Northwest: Johnson and Dart 1982
3 A Bibliography of Weather and Climate Hazards 1986
3 Climatography Of The U.S. No. 60: Alabama-Kansas 1976
3 Climatography Of The U.S. No. 60: Kentucky-Ohio 1976
3 Climatography Of The U.S. No. 60: Oklahoma-Wyoming 1976

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Series III. :  Climate Records1880-1985
4 Climatological Data Washington 1897-1979
4 Hourly Precipitation Washington 1951-1976
4 Surface Weather Observations (some counties) 1977-1980
4 Local Climatological Data (some counties) 1949-1976
4 Summary of Hourly Observations Washington undated
4 Heating Degree Day Normals Washington 1931-1960
4 Climatic Guide for Seattle, WA and Puget Sound Areas undated
4 Substation History Washington undated
4 Climatic Summary Wash, Ore, Ida 1930 1931-1952; 1951-1960
4 Climates of the States (WA, OR, ID) undated
4 Daily Normals (OR, ID) 1931-1960
4 Monthly Averages (WA, OR, ID) 1931-1960; 1941-1970
4 Storage Gage Precipitation Western U.S. 1955-1976
4 Supplement (WA, OR, ID) 1931-1952; 1951-1960
4 Storm Data All States 1959-1976
4 Microfilm (17 reels) of climate records in Washington and Oregon 1880s-1890s
4 Microfilm (3 reels) Maps 1977; 1985
4 “Substation History, Washington; Key to Meteorological Records Documentation No. 1.1; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau" 1956

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Series IV. :  Local Climatological Data form Washington stations1877-1987
5 Olympia 1977-1987
5 Quillayute 1977-1987
5 SeaTac 1950-1987
5 Seattle Urban 1977-1987
5 Spokane 1977-1987
5 Stampede Pass 1977-1987
5 Walla Walla 1977-1987
5 Yakima 1977-1987
5 Index of Original Surface Weather Records, Washington 1877-1975
5 Means and Extremes, Washington by town, alphabetically 1931-1960
5 Climate of Washington by town, alphabetically April 1978

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Geographical Names :
  • Washington (State)--Climate--History--Sources
  • Subject Terms :
  • Climatology--History--Sources

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