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Collection Summary
Administrative Information
Access:
Publication Rights:
Background Note
Scope and Content Note
Container List
Series 1 Albany Observers Daily Form, 1981, 1983-1990
Series 2 AMOS (Automated Meteorological Observation System), 1976-1991
Series 3 Cooperative Meteorological Observers Records/River & Climatological Charts, 1894-1997, gaps
Series 4 Daily Observations, May 1960 - Aug 1992
Series 5 Synoptic Observation Records, Nov 1961-Oct 1975
Series 6 Radio Broadcast Scripts, 1980-83, 1985-90
Series 7 Weather Files, 1948-1971
Series 8 Other Records
Series 9 Anemograph Charts, Feb 28, 1956 - Dec 21, 1994 (1980-81 gap)

Records of the Northern New England Weather Center

Collection Summary

Repository
The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Archives.1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Creator
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Title
Records of the Northern New England Weather Center
Dates [inclusive]
1894-1997
Shelf location
For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Archives.
Language
English
Abstract
The Northern New England Weather Center is a program of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. Collection includes weather observations and recordings documenting meteorological conditions in St. Johnsbury and other sites in northern Vermont from 1894 to the present.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Records of the Northern New England Weather Center Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Archives.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 2001 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Archives.

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Background Note

Franklin Fairbanks was an avid amateur naturalist who kept concise records at his family home, Underclyffe, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. When the Fairbanks Museum was built in 1891, he continued his work, and, in 1894, set up an observation station at the Museum and began to share his information with the National Weather Service Bureau. In the late 1940's, Fairbanks Museum Director Fred Mold added radio broadcasting to the weather recording functions. Taking advantage of important new technology, newly available to the northern Vermont region, Mold initiated 3 minute weather reports three times daily on radio station WTWN (now WSTJ 1340 AM). Part of the popularity of these early broadcasts came from Mold's folksy style, with weather interspersed with local stories, bird calls and nature lore. With regional corporate funding for new state-of-the-art facilities, the Museum created The Northern New England Weather Center (NNEWC) in January 1986. Staffed by professional meteorologists trained at Lyndon State College, Mark Breen and Steve Maleski, the Museum began an alliance with the College and its worldwide computer and satellite weather data service. The NNEWC continues to create accurate, local weather forecasts covering the tri-state region of Vermont, New Hampshire, and upper New York, and adjacent areas in the US and Canada. NNEWC has provided contracted weather services to commercial and public radio stations (including Vermont Public Radio) with a listener base of over three million, plus regional ski resorts, public utility corporations and private professional firms.

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Scope and Content Note

The Northern New England Weather Center Records, 1894 - 1997, 34 linear feet, are the observations and recordings compiled at the Fairbanks Museum's Center. The records document meteorological conditions in St. Johnsbury and northern New England from 1894 to the present. While much of the information contained in the records can also be accessed through the National Climatic Data Center, some of it, most notably the wind data, is unique and only available through the Fairbanks Museum Archives. The records include observation forms and recorded charts of weather conditions. The records are organized in 9 series.

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