Paper records housed at the JMD primarily consist of Notebooks containing daily and sub-hourly data, and a multitude of charts. Data from about 60 stations have been keyed into the Jordanian Climate Data System (JCDMS). The Jordan Meteorology Department (JMD) staff created an inventory of these data. During an ESCWA/WMO mission to develop a Climate Data Rescue Plan for Jordan, a new group of older notebooks was found, consisting of 9 stations, 3 of which have data that would fill in gaps in the data already in the JCDMS. Approximately 98% of the JMD paper notebook data have been keyed and quality controlled. As of December 2012, 1646 station-years have been keyed and quality controlled, and about 17 station-years have been identified to be keyed and quality controlled in the JCDMS. During the process of boxing and further inventorying the notebooks, some additional months of data may be found that need to be keyed and quality controlled. The monthly registeres and associated charts (temperature, humidity, rainfall, pressure, sunshine, winds) have been organized, stored in labeled archival boxes, with each box catelogued electronically. Charts have been organized by station and element and stored in boxes along with note-books, monthly registers and other related paperwork. The boxes are labeled, with information on box contents stored in an electronic database. Monthly registers and charts remain to be imaged (photographed) that will require a source of funding. Keying monthly registers from the 1950s-1960s for 10 stations in Palestine/West Bank await funding from (ESCWA/WMO).
Midwestern Regional CLimate Center, University of Illinois