Talk:2009 Pacific Northwest heat wave
|WikiProject United States / Washington / Seattle||(Rated Start-class, Low-importance)|
|WikiProject Meteorology||(Rated Start-class, Low-importance)|
I created a page a week or so ago about this particular heat wave, but centered more on Seattle, which may have gotten more attention about it because of its status of a larger city and the fact that it broke its all-time record high of 100 degrees. I also live in the Seattle area. Perhaps these two articles could be merged and maybe titled something a bit different like 2009 Pacific Northwest Heat Wave? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Seattle_heat_wave ... unfortunately neither has reference sources just yet, because my experience as a meteorologist allows me access to data in locations not available to the public. However, all climatic data can be found, at least in the short term, on National Weather Service websites for Portland, Seattle and Medford. Nje310 (talk) 18:47, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
- I agree that 2009 Seattle heat wave should be merged here.
- I think it's fine to cite data that isn't easily available to the general public. In fact such contributions are even more valuable, because not everyone could make them. However, the policy Wikipedia:Verifiability does require that the data be "published"; it should be possible for a future determined individual to verify material by checking it against the source. If that requires calling up one's meteorologist friend and asking for Record 1234.5678 in the XYZ database then so be it. Does that help? Melchoir (talk) 19:42, 8 August 2009 (UTC)
Virtually all data on this page can be found at the following websites: http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=pqr and http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=sew. If someone who is more experienced at adding references onto the page would be able to do so, that would be wonderful. The data is also published by the Northeast Regional Climate Center (located at Cornell University), but the website is not to be distributed to the public. It will also be distributed in the future by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). For now, and for at least a few years, however, the data itself, though maybe not the specific records, will be available on the National Weather Service websites for Seattle and Portland. Nje310 (talk) 03:31, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
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