United States Weather Bureau, Raleigh Office 1887-1972

Size
15 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00288

This collection consists of surface weather observations recorded by the Weather Bureau in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1887 to 1972. Barometric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind, clouds, precipitation, dew point, frosts, and general weather observations were compiled monthly. For some years, daily records and annual summaries are included. Occasionally, newspaper clippings have been pasted into the volumes.

Biographical/historical note

The United States Weather Bureau was created in 1870 as part of the Signal Service of the War Department. It was transferred to the Department of Agriculture in 1892 and then to the Department of Commerce in 1949. Today it is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The North Carolina State Weather Service was established in 1886 as part of the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, which was opened on January 1, 1887.

W. O. Bailey was assigned by the Signal Service as station meteorologist and was followed by H. McP. Baldwin and then by C. F. von Herrmann. In 1896, the Experiment Station discontinued its weather service activities. From 1896-1908, observations were recorded at the Fisher Building at the corner of Fayetteville Street and Exchange Place and then at the Masonic Temple at the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett until 1940, when the location was moved to the municipal airport. For some years, there are additional observations taken at the Weather Bureau Office, 1911 Building, State College, Raleigh.

Scope/content

This collection consists of surface weather observations recorded by the Weather Bureau in Raleigh from 1887-1972. Barometric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, wind, clouds, precipitation, dew point, frosts, and general weather observations were compiled monthly. For some years, daily records and annual summaries are included. Occasionally, newspaper clippings have been pasted into the volumes.

The collection is divided into two series. Meteorological Trends, 1887-1947 shows high, low, and normal temperatures over time. Data was graphically and numerically recorded on government forms that were adapted locally to show trends in temperature. Monthly Meteorological Reports, 1887-1972 gives surface weather observation data for Raleigh, with some years including daily records and annual summaries. Data was recorded on forms received from the United States government.

Custodial history

Given by the late Al Hardy, former State Climatologist, when he was a reference librarian at North Carolina State University in the late 1970s-early 1980s.

Physical description

88 volumes

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], United States Weather Bureau, Raleigh Office, MC 00288, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Processing information

Processed by Susan J. Erickson

Completed August 2000

The collection is organized into two principal series:

Meteorological Trends 1887-1947 (MC 00288 Series 01)

The series Meteorological Trends includes Voluntary Observer's Meteorological Record, 1887-1947, which graphically and numerically presents temperature highs and lows for Raleigh, and Substation Temperature Normals Computed to Include Year 1938.

Voluntary Observer's Meteorological Record 1887-1947
Volume 1
Substation Temperature Normals Computed to Include Year 1938
Volume 2
Monthly Meteorological Reports 1887-1972 (MC 00288 Series 02)

The series Monthly Meteorological Reports, which began in 1887, includes surface weather observation data for each month. Beginning in 1905, these volumes include daily local records and, for many years, an annual summary.

September 1887-June 1889
Volume 1
July 1889-June 1892
Volume 2
Practice observations July 1892-December 1892, November 1903-January 1904
Volume 3
January 1893-December 1893
Volume 4
January 1894-December 1894
Volume 5
January 1895-December 1895
Volume 6
January 1896-December 1896
Volume 7
January 1897-December 1897
Volume 8
January 1898-December 1898
Volume 9
January 1899-December 1899
Volume 10
January 1900-December 1900
Volume 11
January 1901-December 1901
Volume 12
January 1902-December 1902
Volume 13
January 1903-December 1903
Volume 14
January 1904-December 1904
Volume 15
January 1905-December 1905
Volume 16
January 1906-December 1906
Volume 17
January 1907-December 1907
Volume 18
January 1908-December 1908
Volume 19
January 1909-December 1909
Volume 20
January 1910-December 1910
Volume 21
January 1911-December 1911
Volume 22
January 1912-December 1912
Volume 23
January 1913-December 1913
Volume 24
January 1914-December 1914
Volume 25
January 1915-December 1915
Volume 26
January 1916-December 1916
Volume 27
January 1917-December 1917
Volume 28
January 1918-December 1918
Volume 29
January 1919-December 1919
Volume 30
January 1920-December 1920
Volume 31
January 1921-December 1921
Volume 32
January 1922-December 1922
Volume 33
January 1923-December 1923
Volume 34
January 1924-December 1924
Volume 35
January 1925-December 1925
Volume 36
January 1926-December 1926
Volume 37
January 1927-December 1927
Volume 38
January 1928-December 1928
Volume 39
January 1929-December 1929
Volume 40
January 1930-December 1930
Volume 41
January 1931-December 1931
Volume 42
January 1932-December 1932
Volume 43
January 1933-December 1933
Volume 44
January 1934-December 1934
Volume 45
January 1935-December 1935
Volume 46
January 1936-December 1936
Volume 47
January 1937-December 1937
Volume 48
January 1938-December 1938
Volume 49
(with "noon observations" for 1939 and 1940 laid in) January 1939-December 1939
Volume 50
January 1940-December 1940
Volume 51
January 1941-December 1941
Volume 52
January 1942-December 1942
Volume 53
January 1943-December 1943
Volume 54
January 1944-December 1944
Volume 55
January 1945-December 1945
Volume 56
January 1946-December 1946
Volume 57
(annual summary laid in) January 1947-December 1947
Volume 58
(instructions and annual summary laid in) January 1948-December 1948
Volume 59
(Weather Bureau Airport Station) January 1949-December 1949
Volume 60
(Weather Bureau Office) January 1949-December 1949
Volume 61
(WBAS) January 1950-December 1950
Volume 62
(WBAS) January 1951-December 1951
Volume 63
(WBO) January 1951-December 1951
Volume 64
(filed in reverse order) December 1952-January 1952
Volume 65
(WBO) January 1953-May 1954
Volume 66
(WBAS) January 1953-December 1953
Volume 67
(with "Pilot Reports" for ) December 1954-January 1954 1949-1950
Volume 68
December 1955-January 1955
Volume 69
December 1956-January 1956
Volume 70
December 1957-January 1957
Volume 71
December 1958-January 1958
Volume 72
December 1959-January 1959
Volume 73
December 1960-January 1960
Volume 74
December 1961-January 1961
Volume 75
January 1962-December 1962
Volume 76
January 1963-December 1963
Volume 77
January 1964-December 1964
Volume 78
January 1965-December 1965
Volume 79
January 1966-December 1966
Volume 80
January 1967-December 1967
Volume 81
January 1968-December 1968
Volume 82
January 1969-December 1969
Volume 83
January 1970-December 1970
Volume 84
January 1971-December 1971
Volume 85
January 1972-December 1972
Volume 86

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

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Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], United States Weather Bureau, Raleigh Office, MC 00288, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.