UmrnSSm /! /! announcements ^ ^ p p V V Ne w Magazine Focuses on Colorado Weather Nationa l Database on Thunderstorms Completed Colorado Climate is a new nonprofit magazine A two-year project to assess historical thunder- describing in detail the climate of the state with the storm-related datasets for the United States and to highest elevation in the country. Published and edited develop an electronic database based on the quality by the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State data has been completed. The project was performed University, this new magazine is written by climatolo- by Changnon Climatologist, which specializes in as- gists and weather observers who know and understand sessing historical data on various weather conditions. the importance of climate as a natural resource and a The new database consists of three separate datasets. societal influence. Each issue contains articles about First, all first-order stations with quality 95-year-or- Colorado's climate history as well as results of some longer records of thunder-day data have been included of the latest climate research. Ideas for teaching sci- after evaluation with a special data assessment proce- ence are followed by explorations into the folklore of dure developed for this purpose. Colorado's early explorers and homesteaders. For the new generation of Web surfers, there are reviews of Second, long-term cooperative substation data of some of the myriad of Websites where information the National Weather Service for all 48 contiguous about the weather and climate of Colorado can be states were acquired and their thunder-day values were found. Anyone with a love for watching the sky and a evaluated using a three-step procedure. The resulting curiosity to learn why mountain ranges have so much 48-state database includes 731 substations with qual- impact on climate will enjoy this new publication. ity thunder data during the 1901-93 period. The third dataset is based on the catastrophe loss Colorado Climate is published four times a year. data of the property insurance industry. These data For more information write to Colorado Climate Cen- allowed the development of a specialized dataset based ter, Atmospheric Science Department, Colorado State on thunderstorm-created losses for the 1949-98 pe- University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1371.# riod, totaling 892 storm events. The loss data have been normalized to 1998 dollars, allowing compari- son of storm losses between years. The three datasets provide opportunities for vari- ous analysis of the temporal and spatial variations of storm days and storm losses. CD-ROMs containing the three datasets have been distributed to the National Climatic Data Center, the 1191 Thomas L. Johnston 2001 six regional climate centers, and other storm-interested 1192 Michael Morrison 2001 agencies. The Midwestern Regional Climate Center 1193 Karen Minton 2001 (MRCC) has also added the text and illustrations of 1194 Cindi Berger 2001 the project's final report to the CD-ROM containing 1195 Heather Hope 2001 the data. The text explains how the data evaluations 1196 Kristy Blasey 2001 were done. Availability and cost information can be 1197 George Myers 2001 obtained by calling the MRCC at 217-244-8226 or 1198 Julie Bologna 2001 sending an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information 1199 William Turner 2001 and an order form will also be available on the MRCC Web site: http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu. It is expected that the other climate centers will archive the dataset and help serve as distributors of the data CD-ROM. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1227
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2001
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