Climate History of the Mojave Desert Region, 1892 - 1996Entry ID: USGS_MOJAVE_CLIM
Abstract: The Climate History of the Mojava Desert Region provides an overview of
regional climate variations including precipitation and temperature
To evaluate climate variation, weather data was compiled from 48 long-term
weather stations across the Mojave Desert. The stations are in western Arizona,
eastern California, southern Nevada, and southwest Utah.
The primary data set consists ... of about 1.2 and 1.8 million daily observations
of precipitation and temperature, respectively. These data were collected
mainly at weather stations staffed by volunteers (NOAA, 1986). Some of the raw
data were purchased in electronic form from EarthInfo, Inc. who obtained it
from the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), Asheville, North Carolina. These
data do not contain the entire record of a particular station, as the available
electronic record typically begins in 1948. To evaluate climate variation, the
longest possible record is necessary. Thus, the USGS obtained from the NCDC the
complete National Weather Service reports on microfiche for the four-state
region of the Mojave Desert. These data were entered into the computer
manually, producing a record of precipitation beginning in 1892.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Richard Hereford and Claire Longpre
Dataset Title: Climate History of the Mojave Desert Region, 1892 - 1996
Dataset Release Place: Flagstaff, Arizona
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological SurveyOnline Resource: http://geography.wr.usgs.gov/mojave/climate-history/
Start Date: 1892-01-01Stop Date: 1996-12-31
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
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Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: rhereford at usgs.gov
US Geological Survey 2255 N. Gemini Drive, 319
Province or State: AZ
Postal Code: 86001
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-05-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2005-05-24