North Pacific storm track reconstruction:

Tree-ring chronologies developed for this study are sites WA136-WA142 in the International Tree-Ring Databank.

Original citation:  E.K. Wise and M.P. Dannenberg. 2017. Reconstructed storm tracks reveal three centuries of changing moisture delivery to North America. Science Advances, 3 (6), e1602263, doi:10.1126/sciadv.1602263.

Oct-Mar Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) gridded reconstruction:

Original citation:  Wise, E.K. 2016. Five centuries of U.S. West Coast drought: Occurrence, spatial distribution, and associated atmospheric circulation patternsGeophysical Research Letters, 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL068487.

500hPa geopotential height gridded reconstructions:

Original citation:  Wise, E.K. and M.P. Dannenberg. 2014. Persistence of pressure patterns over North America and the North Pacific since AD 1500. Nature Communications, 5:4912, doi: 10.1038/ncomms5912

Snake River streamflow reconstructions: (recommended — provides more context and background)

also available from:

Original citation:  Wise, E.K. 2010.  Tree ring record of streamflow and drought in the upper Snake River. Water Resources Research 46 (W11529): doi:10.1029/2010WR009282.

I compiled the list below primarily for use with research- and lab-based classes I teach.  Feel free to email me if you have suggestions for useful climate data sources that are not listed here! I try to update these once a year, but some links may be invalid.


General climate data (historical temperature, precipitation, etc.)

Climate-related GIS and Google Earth data

Hydrology / water-related data

Paleoclimate data

Teleconnection data

Emissions / greenhouse gas data

Snow and ice data

Ocean data

Drought data

Multiple types of climate change-related data

Climate change impact data / Miscellaneous

Climate Model Projection Visualization Tools

Climate Model Projection Data

Miscellaneous Gridded Climate Data