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How Do I Get Old Synoptic Charts?

  1. Aug 23, 2011 #1
    Hey, you've already guessed that I'm looking into the Lake Michigan/Southern Lake Huron Firestorms of October 8th-9th, 1871.

    I need to get the synoptic charts for this region for the period 7 October through 12 October 1871. Can anyone tell me how to get these materials?
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  3. Aug 24, 2011 #2


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    have you queried your local met office ?
    They may have archived data, but it may be hard copy rather than on computer

    would be interesting to know if they even had synoptic charts that far back

  4. Aug 25, 2011 #3
    They did have them back then. I think I once heard that they were compiled by collecting weather reports from Weather Bureau offices and telegraphers.

    I'll try looking at newspapers of the time, seeing as I live one block away from a library that has complete collections of newspapers on microfilm going back to before the Civil War.
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