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).
Additional data found in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) archives were provided to the JMD. The first, are monthly tables (Rainfall Data for Palestine and Adjacent Counties, Ashbel, 1938) for the late 1800s to about 1937. The rainfall data for these stations could be easily added to the JCDMS. Secondly, digital historical (through March 2013) sub-daily data for the Middle East stations from the Global Integrated Surface Hourly (ISH) dataset were found. This includes 9 Jordanian stations already in the JCDMS (provided by Jordan to WMO and thus the ISH database through the WMO Global Telecommunications System (GTS), plus the Aqaba station, and stations from surrounding countries. The Aqaba data would need to be converted to a format for ingest into the JCDMS. Quality control procedures applied to the ISH data are described in “The Quality Control of the Integrated Surface Hourly Database”, by Neil Lott, 2004, preprint, 14th Conference on Applied Climatology, American Meteorological Society, Boston, MA, 7p. This reference also was provided to the JMD, and is a good template for quality control procedures. The ISHD is available online, free to all with the caveat that data cannot be sold for profit from NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information(NCEI) http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/land-based-station-data/land-based-datasets.