State Climate Office of Ohio
The Office of the State Climatologist for Ohio (OSCO) is housed within the Department of Geography and the Atmospheric Sciences Program in Columbus at the Ohio State University. OSCO strives to acquire, archive, process and disseminate all climate and weather information that is of value to public officials and organizations, corporations, research scientists, and private citizens of the state. At this time the OSCO does not operate or maintain any statewide weather or climate monitoring networks such as is, for example, already done through the National Weather Service, CoCoRaHS, or the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Dissemination of climate data, particularly harder to access or older paper data, can be done by contacting the state climatologist by phone or e-mail. Interpretation of weather and climate data is performed by the state climatologist and is typically free to educators and to everyone if the job of interpretation is perceived to be under a half hour of work. Such interpretation in the form or discussion and explanation of the data, or simple data analysis, is available by phone or e-mail.
The Office of the State Climatologist for Ohio is a member of the American Association of State Climate Offices (AASC). The AASC is an integral component of the National Climate Service Partnership, which also includes NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and six Regional Climate Centers (RCCs).
Phone: (614) 292-2514
- National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- Ohio State University
- American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)
- Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, Snow (CoCoRaHS)