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A Historical Perspective of U.S. Climate Divisions

TitleA Historical Perspective of U.S. Climate Divisions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsGuttman, N. B., and R. G. Quayle
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Date PublishedFEB 1996
ISBN Number0003-0007
KeywordsDROUGHT SEVERITY INDEX, sensitivity

The history of climatic divisions in the contiguous United States has been pieced together from fragmentary documentation. Each of the 48 contiguous states has been subdivided into climatic divisions. Divisional boundaries are now standardized, and a set of climatic variables for time-invariant divisional boundaries has been compiled for the period of record beginning in 1895. This paper documents the origins of climatic divisions, the computational methodology of an area-invariant divisional dataset maintained by the National Climatic Data Center, and the strengths and weaknesses of divisional data.

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Short TitleA Historical Perspective of U.S. Climate Divisions
Citation Key144