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A wealth of historical information on climate and weather exists for the African continent. Documentary information, hydrologic indicators, and rain gauge records have been compiled and combined into a semiquantitative precipitation dataset that extends from 1801 to 1900. That dataset describes “wetness” for 90 regions of Africa, using a seven-category index. A regional gauge dataset for 1901–2000 has been converted to the seven-class system, extending coverage to two centuries. These datasets are available through the Paleoclimate Data Center.

*CURRENT AFILIATION: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Sharon Nicholson, EOAS—Meteorology, The Florida State University, P.O. Box 3064520, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4520 E-mail: snicholson@fsu.edu

A wealth of historical information on climate and weather exists for the African continent. Documentary information, hydrologic indicators, and rain gauge records have been compiled and combined into a semiquantitative precipitation dataset that extends from 1801 to 1900. That dataset describes “wetness” for 90 regions of Africa, using a seven-category index. A regional gauge dataset for 1901–2000 has been converted to the seven-class system, extending coverage to two centuries. These datasets are available through the Paleoclimate Data Center.

*CURRENT AFILIATION: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Sharon Nicholson, EOAS—Meteorology, The Florida State University, P.O. Box 3064520, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4520 E-mail: snicholson@fsu.edu
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