World Weather Records (DSI-9644)Entry ID: gov.noaa.ncdc.C00160
Abstract: World Weather Records (WWR) is a publication/digital data set, archived as DSI-9644 at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). WWR is meteorological data from locations around the world. Through most of its history, WWR has been a publication. In response to a 1923 recommendation from the International Meteorological Conference Committee (IMCC), the Smithsonian Institution of the United States ... sponsored the first series of WWR, edited by H. Helm Clayton, covering the period 1800-1920, and published in a single volume of 1196 pages in 1927. The publication included, as IMCC recommended, a full period of record through 1920 of monthly means of temperature, pressure (station and sea level) and precipitation for selected global stations. This was reprinted by the Smithsonian ("Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Volume 79") in 1944. The second series of WWR was published by the Smithsonian ("Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Volume 90") as a single volume, 646 pages, in 1934. This series covered the period 1921- 30. In this series the precedent to include data back to the beginning of record for stations not previously published in WWR was established. The third series of WWR was published the Smithsonian ("Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Volume 105") as a single volume, 616 pages, in 1947. This series covered the period 1931-40. In the fourth series of WWR, publication responsibility passed from the Smithsonian Institution to the US Weather Bureau (precessor agency of the National Weather Service). Maintaining previous publication formats and elements, the Weather Bureau published a single 1361-page volume ("World Weather Records, 1941-50") in 1959. In the fifth series of WWR, publication responsibility passed to the old National Weather Records Center (NWRC), one of NCDC's predecessor agencies. This series marked the start of digital data archived of WWR. In addition, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) became involved, offering its sponsored collection of data included in the Weather Bureau's "Monthly Climatic Data for the World" (archived at NCDC as DSI-3500) as a source for the WWR 1951-60 series. WMO sponsorship of WWR was formalized in 1963. In 1960, the WMO Commission for Climatology recommended that WWR data be published in six separate volumes. This recommendation was adopted, and the six volumes were published between 1965 and 1968. Upon completion, the entire 1951-60 series was archived as the initial input into DSI-9644. In the data set, the six volumes are in one file. The sixth series of WWR was published by the National Climatic Center (NCC), another of NCDC's predecessor agencies, in six separate volumes. With this series, one nation in each of the WMO Regional Associations was designated as a Regional Collector. The Regional Collector was responsible for collecting monthly pressure, temperature and precipitation data from nationswithin its region specifically for inclusion in WWR. This arrangement was agreed upon in 1973 by the WMO Commission for Special Applications of Meteorology and Climatology (CoSAMC). Upon completion, the entire 1961-70 series was added to DSI-9644 as one new file. The seventh series of WWR was published by the NCDC in six separate volumes. Upon completion, the entire 1971-80 series was added to DSI-9644 as one new file. Parameters from 1951-70 include monthly means of pressure (station and sea level) and temperature, as well as monthly amounts of precipitation. The eighth series of WWR was published by the NCDC in six separate volumes. Upon completion, the entire 1981-1990 series was added to DSI-9644 as one new file. Beginning with the 1981-90 series, values of mean maximum and minimum monthly temperatures are included in DSI-9644. These temperature parameters were not published in the 1981-90 volume series, but their availability in DSI-9644 is indicated in each volume's index. Beginning with the 1951-60 series, WWR has been published by NCDC (and its predecessors) in a six- volume set: Volume 1 North America Volume 2 Europe Volume 3 West Indies, Central and South America Volume 4 Asia Volume 5 Africa Volume 6 Islands of the World.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: World Weather Records (DSI-9644)
Dataset Release Date: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital dataOnline Resource: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/wdc/index.php?name=worldweatherrecords
Start Date: 1800-01-01Stop Date: 1990-12-31
Temporal Resolution: Monthly
Temporal Resolution Range: Monthly - < Annual
ATMOSPHERE > ALTITUDE > GEOPOTENTIAL HEIGHT
ATMOSPHERE > ALTITUDE > STATION HEIGHT
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > SEA LEVEL PRESSURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > SURFACE PRESSURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > MAXIMUM/MINIMUM TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION AMOUNT
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-03-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-11-05