Historical Phenology Data Browser Instructions

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE NYS HISTORICAL PHENOLOGY DATA BROWSER (But, on the first time around, please read the instructions below).


1. Get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and a good book; the browser is not lightening fast, yet.

2. After clicking on the link at the top or bottom of this page, it'll take a noticeable few moments to load (read your book, sip your tea).

3. Once you get to the interface, please read the caveat at the top. As has already been amply proven, we're imperfect.

4. Searching is easy, just select the filters you want in the top boxes. After you have made each selection, the little black & white barber's pole will spin (read a bit more in your book) and then... Voila, the results will appear!

5. You can now continue sipping your tea while reading your enthralling search results.

6. The browser only shows you the possibilities available for the filters you have chosen. For example, if you have 1846 selected, you'll only be able to select those stations that reported during that year. If you want to see all available stations, select "ANY" in all categories (but see point #9).

7. You can click on a column header to search by that field. For example, if you want to find out what happend on today's date (say it's 4 May). You could set month to May and the rest of the fields to "Any" and then, once that filter result has appeared, click at the top of the "Day of the Month" so that sorting occurs. Be patient, this doesn't happen in the blink of an eye (unless, of course, you nod off).

8. If you want to print the results, use your browser's print button.

9. If you like living dangerously, you can try setting all search fields to "Any", but if you want to avoid periodic server crashes, it would be best to avoid the "Any" full house.

10. Those interested in seeing it all or working with the data, should contact us; we're glad to collaborate.

11. Please let us know how you like it. What would you improve? What other options would you like?

12. Thank the team that has helped put this together: the data proofers and enterers, volunteer Isabel Sieta and intern Dylan Cipcowski; and James Thompson (of JTWebServices) who was able to assemble the browser despite the fact that our small start-up wallet placed limits on our server capabilities and his budget. (By the way, James designed our entire web page.)


CLICK HERE to got to the NYS Historical Phenology Data Browser

CLICK HERE for background on the data and project.

CLICK HERE to visit our "Progress of the Seasons" blog  or HERE for short updates on Facebook (look back at our Spring 2015 postings).