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Weather or not

Blogger is actually up and running — amazing.

I have a question. I’m trying to find a site that would give me a month-by-month breakdown of rainfall in Boston for 2006 to date, as well as historical figures. It seems like something I should have been able to Google up in a minute, but no luck. Given that Blogger’s been down more than it’s been up, I’d appreciate it if you could e-mail me. Thanks!

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  1. Thomas

    Dan, go here: the box for “Monthly Climate Summary” and the one for “Archived Data.” Then click view. Scroll down for precip data. You’ll have to open each month to get what you need but it’s all there.Thomas

  2. Dan Kennedy

    Oh, yeah! Thank you, Thomas. I was actually there earlier this morning but couldn’t figure it out. Thanks for leading me back.

  3. A.J. Cordi

    In case this helps, I found this website: …I think it is just a chart of what the weather usually is and when.

  4. Amusedbutinformedobserver

    The question is more interesting than the answer. Apparently, the first impulse was to try to Google up something that would provide the answer, rather than look at an authoritative weather site, such as NOAA at Taunton. This can lead to accepting and relying on Google’s first choices rather than heading first to a trusted source and using that as an indicia of reliability by searching its site or links to sites that it has deemed reliable.That’s the trouble with Internet fact-finding in all forms, be it as citizen journalism or as research. The answers sometimes come too easily and are accepted because they were spit out by a search engine. Fortunately, there’s not much room for value-loaded or incorrect answers when it comes to how much rain fell, but on many subjects it’s a minefield.

  5. Dan Kennedy

    Amused — As I teach my students, Google is often the fastest way to come up with an authoritative site. In fact, Googling brought up NOAA immediately. My problem was that I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. Thomas bailed me out.

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