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Q: Climatic Data at Imperial, California ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Climatic Data at Imperial, California
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: bob1218-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 20 Apr 2003 08:57 PDT
Expires: 20 May 2003 08:57 PDT
Question ID: 192968
Wind velocies, temperatures and sky conditions for April 25 to May 25
for the years 1993 to 2002 at Imperial, California at 8:00 PM Pacific
Daylight Savings Time.  This will require 930 data entries.

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 20 Apr 2003 09:04 PDT
This is a duplicate question. You may wish to remove one so you won't
be charged twice.

Request for Question Clarification by journalist-ga on 20 Apr 2003 12:55 PDT
Or did you wish to obtain an additional independent verification by
posting your question twice?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 21 Apr 2003 08:29 PDT
Hello Bob1218-ga,

This has turned out to be a challenging question.  However, after
numerous web site visits, emails and phone calls, I have located a
government meteorological service that can provide precisely the data
you're intersted in.  However, they charge a fee of approximately $75
to retrieve the information (the exact amount can't be determined
until the data is actually extracted).

We can proceed in two ways, if you're interested:

1.  I can answer your question by providing precise contact
information (name, phone, email) of the meteorologist who can provide
the data, and you can get it directly from him.  This has the
advantage of your being able to work out directly with the
meteorologist the exact data points you need (for instance, there are
numerous indications of temperature, wind and sky conditions, even for
a given hour.  There are also different formats in which the data can
be presented).  If you opt for this information, you may want to
re-price your question to reflect the fact that I won't be providing
the full data set.

2.  I can get the data through the meteorologist, and pass it along to
you.  However, I would have to ask you to increase the price of the
question to $175 in order to cover the costs I would incur.

Let me know if you would like to proceed with either of these options.


Clarification of Question by bob1218-ga on 21 Apr 2003 08:46 PDT
I would like to go with Option One in which you would provide contact
information (name, phone, email) of the meteorologist who can provide
the data.

Thank you.
Subject: Re: Climatic Data at Imperial, California
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 21 Apr 2003 09:07 PDT
Hello again, Bob, and thanks for the quick feedback.  The contact
information you requested is:

Jim Ashby
Western Regional Climate Center
Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV   89512
phone: 775-674-7010
fax:   775-674-7016

You can visit the website of the Western Regional Climate Center at:

This may be a worthwhile step before contacting Jim directly so that
you can familiarize yourself with some of the main data products they
have available.

Also, Jim and I communicated via email, so that if he should mention
that your request "sounds familiar", you can explain that I was acting
(more or less) as your research assistant.

I also want to mention that NOAA's National Data Center told me they,
too, could probably handle your request, but they were less definitive
than Jim Ashby was about their capabilities or pricing.  But if you
want to contact them, their customer service number is 828-271-4800.

I hope this works out well for you, but if you should hit any snags,
please let me know through a Request for Clarification.  I'd be glad
to go to bat for you to help untangle any problems that may arise.


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