Update Dec 11th
: permanent link with some browser issues resolved at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/webartis
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
have undertaken an inventory of their substantial basement holdings of hard copy data. These include a rich mix of data types on varied media including paper, fiche and microfilm.
|One row of several dozen in the NCDC archive of hard copy paper holdings from around the world|
|Microfilm holdings arising from Europe over the second world war|
Some, but far from all, of this data has been imaged and / or digitized. NCDC have now released the catalogue online and made it searchable. The catalogue interface can be found at https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo/f?p=222
(click on search records). The degree to which a given holding has been catalogued varies but this is a good place to at least begin to ascertain what holdings there are there and what their status is. For example searching on American Samoa as country provides a list of holdings most of which are hard copy only.
|Example search results for American Samoa|
For those interested in aspects of data rescue, this is likely to be a useful tool to ascertain whether NCDC hold any relevant records. By reasonable estimates at least as much data exists in hard copy / imaged format as has been digitised for the pre-1950 period. That is a lot of unknown knowns and could provide such rich information to improve understanding ...
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