Monthly and Annual Reports of the Weather Service of the U.S. and the Palos Verdes Syndicate. Volume 1, July 1914 to June 1915, Ford Ashman Carpenter Weather Reports

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Abstract/Description: This volume of weather reports by meteorologist Ford Ashman Carpenter provides a rare glimpse of the Palos Verdes Peninsula just prior to the first wave of the Peninsula's development in the 1920s. Commissioned by Frank Vanderlip and the Palos Verdes Syndicate who purchased the property in 1913, Carpenter installed weather stations on the Peninsula and recorded details of the area's temperature, relative humidity, wind velocity and sunshine from 1914 to 1920. The data was used by the Syndicate and developers to help determine the best areas suited for building sites, reservoirs and roads. Carpenter's work is one of the first known practical applications of meteorological data. In addition to weather data, Carpenter also includes photographs and descriptions of the great kelp beds along the shore, farming activity and the wildflowers of the Peninsula.
Subject(s): Meteorology--California--Palos Verdes Peninsula
Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)
Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)--Climate
Date Created: July 1915