Michael Mace michaelcmace@gmail.com
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:48:04 PDT
Rodger wrote:

>>I propose to generate hythergraphs of locales dear to bulb-growing hearts
and (if I can master converting them from Open Office spreadsheets to .svg
files) post them on the PBS wiki. 

That would be excellent, Rodger!

Check out the comparative temperature and rainfall graphs that Lee Poulsen
did for the wiki a few years ago.  You may be able to re-use some of that


Elaine wrote:

> If possible, I'd like to find out about Palo Alto. Though isn't this
available on the weather sites?

The whole western US is thick with weather stations.  There's one in Palo
Alto; you just have to know where to look online (the info is not easy to
find).  Here's the weather record for Palo Alto:

1906 to 1953:  http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ca6642   
1953 to 2012:  http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/cliMAIN.pl?ca6646

There is a cool zoomable map online that lets you view all of the weather
stations in the western US.  Just zoom in on the area you are interested in,
click "Show Stations," click on the particular station you want, and then
click "Access climate information":


It's amazing how variable the microclimates are in the mediterranean parts
of the world.

There are similar sites for Australia and South Africa, and you can find
some info for Europe, although it's less organized because there are so many
countries.  The info for Chile, alas, is very thin and hard to find.  I
suspect they just don't have a lot of weather stations.  Maybe there's
better info available online in Spanish, but I don't speak the language.  If
anyone finds a good source for Chile, let me know.

San Jose, CA

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