January 23, 2022

NOAA's National Weather Service Releases Three New Digital Collections

New from NOAA/NWS:

1.  Hurricane Reports

Beginning with Hurricanes Edna and Hazel in 1954 and ending with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Hurricane Reports contain preliminary advisories and reports with bulletins issued by the U.S. Weather Bureau and in some instances post hurricane service assessments. The NOAA Central Library maintains the collection of Hurricane Reports 1954-2005.

2. Report of the Chief of the Weather Bureau

The NOAA Central Library maintains the Report of the Chief of the Weather Bureau from 1891-1953.  Report of the Chief of the Weather Bureau was submitted by Professor Mark W. Harrington, 1891-1894; Professor Willis L. Moore, 1895-1913; Professor Charles F. Marvin, 1913-1934; Dr. Willis L. Gregg, 1934-1938; and Dr. Francis W. Reichelderfer, 1938-1963.  The following reports are missing from this collection: 1894, 1902, 1927, 1932, 1943, 1944, 1945 and 1952.

3. Weather Bureau Topics and Personnel

Beginning with the July, 1915 issue, the Monthly List of Changes in Personnel was incorporated into a publication, of a larger scope, which also contained a series of short notes and comments designed to be helpful, to station officials and the Central Office, in the conduct of Weather Bureau affairs. It was believed that a medium for the exchange of views, methods and tips would be of value to Weather Bureau personnel. To secure this desired result, every employee was invited to contribute any helpful suggestion or item of interest, which was forwarded to the Chief of the Bureau for approval and publication. These notes were not intended to supersede regulations, circulars or circular letters, nor regarded as instructions to be rigidly followed, but to conveyed an informal interpretation or application of the formal instructions. The Central Office believed that many experienced Weather Bureau personnel had developed effective yet simplistic work-flow methods that should be shared. Topics and Personnel was intended to serve as a clearing-house of ideas rather than imposing regulations.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.