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This is an introduction to some of the resources that may be helpful in your research. We'd be happy to assist you with additional materials available at the State Library. Please call us at 860-757-6500 or e-mail us at

State Library Resources

The State Library has extensive resources available in paper, microform and/or online formats.  For a listing of those resources related to weather, search our online catalog using the following subjects :


As a Regional Depository Library for United States Government publications, the Connecticut State Library offers free access to selected weather resources collected by the National Climatic Data Center, the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC has produced climatological publications for over 100 years, including
Local Climatological Data  summarizes temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, wind speed and direction observations.  For free online access to data from July 1996, produced monthly and annually for about 270 cities, consult a librarian at the Connecticut State Library at 860-757-6500.

Other NCDC publications available at the State Library include Climatological Data ; Monthly Climatic Data of the World ; Storm Data ; Hourly Precipitation Data and Monthly Normals.  Some titles are available for free at the NCDC web site.  

The library also houses historical issues of Local Climatological Data for Hartford (Bradley Airport), Bridgeport, and New Haven as well as other cities throughout the United States, in paper and/or microform formats. In addition to Local Climatological Data, other historical resources available include Climatological Data. New England ; Forecasts ... for Hartford and Vicinity ; Hourly Precipitation Data. New England ; New England Weather Service Bulletin ; and U.S. Monthly Weather Review.

Full-text of the following publications is available through our online catalog :

Climate Change Roadmap for Connecticut : Economic and Environmental Opportunities, published by Environmental Northeast, 2003.

Global Climate Change and the U.S. Climate Action Report : hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, United States Senate, 107th Congress, second session, July 11, 2002.

These publications are available in paper and/or microform format at the State Library :

The Weather and Climate of Connecticut, by Joseph Milton Kirk, 1939.  [CSL Call Number ConnDoc G292 No. 61]
Considered to be the basic written work on the history of Connecticut weather.

The Climate of Connecticut,  by Joseph Brumbach, 1965. [CSL Call Number ConnDoc G292 No. 99]
An update to Kirk's book.


Electronic Journals

Use your public or State Library card barcode to access where you will find full-text journal and newspaper articles.

The State Library subscribes to an extensive variety of electronic journals, which are only accessible through public computer terminals at the State Library.  Our Electronic Journals page details the titles, available dates and coverage. Pertinent titles with information on weather include:

Climate of the past
Climate of the past discussions
Journal of applied meteorology
Journal of climate
Journal of the atmospheric sciences
Mariners weather log
Monthly weather review
National weather digest




National Climatic Data Center

Certification Information
 A detailed description of the types of certification offered by the National Climatic Data Center with information about ordering certified copies.

Climate at a Glance
Temperature and precipitation data for Connecticut, 1895 to the present.

Products and Publications
Some NCDC publications and products are available to the general public for free in a variety of formats.  Others are available for purchase.


Related Agencies/Organizations

Climate Resources at Connecticut's Heritage Gateway
Identifies and describes source material for the study of Connecticut climate.

Connecticut Disasters
Includes locations and dates of major Connecticut blizzards, floods and hurricanes.

Connecticut Institute of Water Resources -- Special Reports, including Climate Change: What's in store for Connecticut? and Precipitation in Connecticut

Connecticut Weather Center
The Connecticut Weather Center in Danbury provides facts about past, present and future weather events, including official weather information for court or legal disputes and crisis information.

Connecticut State Climate Center
Offers links to current weather sites, climate data resources and some statistics.

Connecticut's Official Climate Change Web Site
Co-administered by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund at the direction of the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change.  Includes information on the Connecticut Climate Change Action Plan 2005.

Connecticut's Weather Fun Facts
General weather facts and monthly facts including average precipitation and snowfall.

Current Weather Conditions
The latest weather from the weather station on the roof of Copernicus Hall at Central Connecticut State University, updated every 5 minutes.

Daily Weather History
From the Old Farmer's Almanac, daily weather history for Hartford and other Connecticut weather stations, generally from Jan. 1, 1973 to the present, within 10 days.  Access requires free registration.

The Eye of the Storm : A Journey into the Natural Disasters in Connecticut
Photo essays about the Blizzard of 1888, the Floods of 1955 and more.

Hazardous Weather Preparedness
From the National Weather Service Forecast Office, Upton, New York : Definitions and links related to weather emergency preparedness.

Long-Range Forecast
From the Old Farmer's Almanac, the long-range forecast for New England.

New England Weekly Crop-Weather Report
Contact information for obtaining New England state crop reports.

Northeast Regional Climate Center
Current weather conditions in the northeastern United States and a variety of research reports available.

Precipitation Totals and more compiled by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, including data for Mount Carmel, Hamden, Connecticut from 1931-1960 and 1993 to present.

Recent New England Earthquakes  A listing of New England earthquakes that occurred in the last few years, compiled by Weston Observatory associated with Boston College. Some seismograms available.

Weather Station Locator
View a list of weather observation stations in Connecticut.

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Prepared by the Government Information and Reference Services Unit, page revised 10/2008.