Nebraska Weather Service [RG0791.AM]

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG0791.AM:  Nebraska Weather Service

Records: 1861-1956
Size:  6.0 cu.ft.; 11 boxes + oversize

BACKGROUND NOTE

Only a few weather observations were made in Nebraska prior to 1878.  The observations at that time were taken mainly at widely scattered military posts such as Fort Kearney, and at apparently independent observation posts such as Plattsmouth, Nebraska.  A group of professors at the University of Nebraska recognized the need for better and additional information.  Therefore the “Nebraska Weather Service” was organized in 1878 by professors Gilbert E. Bailey and Wayland Bailey.  This service developed into the Cooperative Observer Network.

When the Director, Professor S.R. Thompson, left the University in 1884, the Central Office of the Nebraska Weather Service was moved to Doane College under the directorship of Professor G.D. Sweezey.  The University continued to cooperate with the agency, to supply observations, and to make use of the data from around the state.  When professor Sweezey joined the staff at the university in 1894, the Central Office of the Nebraska Weather Service was transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 1897 all the weather duties were assumed by the United States Weather Bureau and the Nebraska Weather Service was disbanded.  Mr. Loveland, the former assistant, was appointed Section Director by the US Weather Bureau and was supplied with an operating staff.

The US Weather Service for State Climatology in Nebraska, under the direction of the State Climatologist, continued to collect data from numerous substations and weather observers throughout the state.  Such reports included temperatures, humidity, precipitations, wind velocity, snowfall and storms.  This office maintained duplicates of the substation reports, and the originals were sent to the National Weather Bureau Records Center at Asheville, North Carolina.  They then compiled the data into various publications.  This aspect of the US Weather Service was discontinued in April of 1973 and its functions were assumed by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  The bulk of the records of the State Climatologist have remained in the custody of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of records of the Nebraska Weather Service and related agencies, arranged in six series: (1) Smithsonian Institute Reports, 1861, 1866-1875; (2) Signal Service, Weather Bureau Records, 1887-1893; (3) US Dept. of Ag., Weather Bureau Records, 1876-1933; (4) Nebraska Weather Service Bulletins, 1880-1893; (5) Original Voluntary Climatological Reports, 1878-1898, and (6) US Dept. of Commerce, Weather Bureau Records, 1956

The bulk of this collection consists of records of climatological data obtained at numerous locations in Nebraska, but primarily at Lincoln, Plattsmouth, Crete, and Kearney, 1861-1955.  Included are records of temperatures, precipitation, degree of cloudiness, wind velocity, visibility, etc.  The Nebraska Weather Service Bulletins (1880-1882) are incomplete but are interesting since they provide a synopsis of weather conditions across the state on a periodic basis.  Also included are the original voluntary Climatological Reports by numerous local observers throughout Nebraska.  These, however, are incomplete with the majority of the material relating to the late 1880’s or the early 1890’s.  In addition, a history of substations in Nebraska from their date of establishment to 1955 is included.  Contained is a summary of information available on substation locations, elevations, exposures, instrumentations, records, and observers.

As the bulk of these records consisted of materials created by the Nebraska Weather Service, a few items of the related Federal Weather Agencies have been retained in the interest of continuity

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - Smithsonian Institute Reports, 1861, 1866-1875

Volume 1 - Monthly Meteorological Records, Plattsmouth, Nebr. 1861, 1866-1875

Series 2 - Signal Service, Weather Bureau Records, 1887-1893

Box 1
Volume

  1. Monthly Meteorological Reports, Crete, Nebr. July 1887- Dec. 1888, War Dept., Signal Service US Army
  2. US Army, January 1891- December 1893

Box 2
Volume

  1. Daily Journal (Observations), Crete, Nebr. Sept. 1887-Dec. 1891
  2. Daily Journal (Observations), Crete, Nebr. Jan. 1892- June 1893

Series 3 - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Weather Bureau Records, 1876-1933

Volume

  1. Daily Journal (Observations) Kearney, Nebraska March 1892- March 1894
  2. Original Monthly Record of Observations at Kearney, Nebr. 1892
  3. Records Compiled by the Central Office, Lincoln, Nebr. 1876-1933

Series 4 - Nebraska Weather Service Bulletins, 1880-1933

Box 3
Folder

  1. 1880-1885
  2. 1886- 1890
  3. 1891- 1895

Series 5 - Original Voluntary Climatological Reports, 1878-1898

Box 3
Folder

  1. Agee (1891-1892)
  2. Ainsley (1891-1892)
  3. Albion (1890- 1896)
  4. Ames (1901-1903)
  5. Arborville (1890-1892)
  6. Ashland (1883-1898)
  7. Avon (1880-1882)
  8. Auburn (1891-1892; 1896-1898)
  9. Aurora (1880-1881)
  10. Bancroft (1895)
  11. Bassett (1890-1896)
  12. Beatrice (1878; 1891-1892)
  13. Beaver City (1891; 1899)
  14. Benedict (1897)
  15. Belvidere (1891-1893)
  16. Bethany (1094-1908)
  17. Bingham (1889-1890)
  18. Blair (1896-1897)
  19. Blue Springs (1907)
  20. Bookwater (1892)
  21. Bostwick (1908)
  22. Bradshaw (1898)
  23. Brock (1882)
  24. Broken Bow (1896; 1915)
  25. Burwell (1892)

Box 4
Folder

  1. Camden (1878-1881)
  2. Cedar Bend (1880-1882)
  3. Cedar County (1878-1880)
  4. Cedar Rapids (1902-1903)
  5. Central City (1884; 1894-1896)
  6. Clearwater (1905-1906)
  7. Craig (1890)
  8. Creighton (1887-1892)
  9. Crete (1892-1893)
  10. Cooleyton (1892-1894)
  11. Cook (1896)
  12. Cornlea (1896-1898)
  13. Culbertson (1888-1889)
  14. David City (1878)
  15. Desoto (1878-1885)
  16. Dewitt (1879-1888)
  17. Dunning (1893)
  18. Elwood (1890-1896)
  19. Elmwood (1878)
  20. Erickson (1892)
  21. Ewing (1891-1892)
  22. Falls City (1883-1892)

Box 5
Folder

  1. Fairbury (1883-1892)
  2. Fairfield/Fairmont (1894-1898)
  3. Filley (1895-1897)
  4. Fontanelle (1894-1895)
  5. Forest Home (1891)
  6. Fort Robinson (1888-1892)
  7. Fort Sidney (1889-1892)
  8. Franklin (1887-1888; 1892)
  9. Fremont (1878-1886)
  10. Friend (1878-1879)
  11. Fort Niobrara (1889-1891)

Box 6
Folder

  1. Genoa (1884; 1888-1892)
  2. Gering (1890- 1892)
  3. Gibbon (1878-1880; 1884)
  4. Grand Island (1890-1892; 1888)
  5. Haigler (1892)
  6. Harbine (1892)
  7. Hartington (1891-1892)
  8. Harvard (1878; 1885-1886; 1890-1892)
  9. Hebron (1890-1892)
  10. Holdrege (1890-1892)
  11. Howe (1889-1891)
  12. Hubbard (1899)
  13. Imperial (1890-1892)
  14. Inavale (1878; 1882- 1884)
  15. Johnson (1882-1884)
  16. Kearney (1892-1894)
  17. Keene (1884-1885)
  18. Kennedy (1889-1896)

Box 7
Folder

  1. Kimball (1887-1892)
  2. Nuckolls County (1878-1879)
  3. Lamar (1901)
  4. Lena (1900-1901)
  5. Level (1905-1906)
  6. Lexington (1890-1892)
  7. Lincoln (1905)
  8. Long Pine (1890)
  9. Madrid (1892)
  10. Marquette (1882; 1884-1892)
  11. Marysville (1878-1881)
  12. Mission Creek (1878-1881)
  13. McCool Junction (1893-1896)
  14. Mead (1888)
  15. Milford (1881-1882)
  16. Minden (1879-1886)
  17. Mullen (1890-1892)
  18. Nebraska City (1881-1884)
  19. Neligh (1883-1886)
  20. Nesbitt (1892)

Box 8
Folder

  1. Norfolk (1878-1879; 1887-1892)
  2. Norman (1896)
  3. Northloup (1887-1891)
  4. Oakdale (1878; 1888-1899)
  5. Ogalalla (1885-1888)
  6. O’Neill (1888-1892)
  7. Ough (1890-1893)
  8. Plainview (1878)
  9. Ord  (1881; 1895-1898)
  10. Orleans (1881)
  11. Palmer (1892)
  12. Palmyra (1878-1881; 1898)

Box 9
Folder

  1. Pawnee (1879-1884)
  2. Plattsmouth (1880; 1892-1894)
  3. Pleasant Hill (1878-1879)
  4. Peru (1879-1884)
  5. Ponca (1893)
  6. Purple Cane (1891)
  7. Precept (1892)
  8. Purdum (1886-1888)
  9. Ravenna (1879-1885)
  10. Red Willow (1882-1889)
  11. Santee Agency- Niobrara (1892)
  12. St Paul (1879-1880; 1896)
  13. Sargent (1883-1886; 1897)
  14. Scottsbluff (1928)
  15. Schuyler (1883; 1891-1892)
  16. Scribner (1887)
  17. Seward (1886-1887; 1891-1892)
  18. South Middle Creek (1881)
  19. Spencer (1895-1896)

Box 10
Folder

  1. Springview (1891-1892)
  2. Stanton (1884-1885, 1892)
  3. St. Libory (1895-1896)
  4. Sterling (1874; 1884-1888)
  5. Steinauer (1891-1893)
  6. Stowe (1878-1879)
  7. Stratton (1889; 1895-1897)
  8. Stromsburg (1895-1897)
  9. Superior (1879-1885; 1889-1892)
  10. Syracuse (1883-1885)
  11. Table Rock (1878-1885; 1892-1894)
  12. Tecumseh (1878-1880; 1887-1894)
  13. Tekamah (1890-1892)
  14. Thedford (1890-1892)
  15. Union (1895)
  16. Utica (1878-1880)

Box 11
Folder

  1. Wahoo (1889-1890; 1895)
  2. Wallace (1891-1892)
  3. Wayne (1893)
  4. Weeping Water (1878-1885)
  5. West Hill (1879-1887)
  6. West Point (1884-1886)
  7. Willard (1897)
  8. Whitman (1891)
  9. Wisner (1895-1897)
  10. Woodlawn (1895-1897, 1910)
  11. York (1884-1886; 1890-1891; 1905)

Volume 1 - Records kept by Garry Treat, volunteer observer at Weeping Water, 1873-1895. (see folder 147)

Oversize- summary charts, 1902-1926

Series 6 - U.S. Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau, 1956

Volume 1 - Substation History: Nebraska

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