Historical weather observations were recorded using a nonstandard methodology, and therefore require rigorous screening and correction routines to extract the highest quality weather data that are also compatible with modern observations. While standard techniques are difficult to implement on these data, careful screening and correction can proceed in a series of small steps. Historical OBservation (HOB) Tools is a collection of techniques used to aid in the recovery of historical climate data for Kansas (Burnette and Stahle in press, Computers and Geosciences). The current state of HOB Tools is not meant to be a final solution, but instead a first step of many toward synthesizing the helpful routines used in the recovery and reanalysis of historical climate records. HOB Tools is an open source project, licensed under the GNU General Public License (see Program Notes below). Any problems that have been detected in the current version of the HOB Tools are listed on the "Current Version Status" page. Details about the HOB Tools open source project are also on that webpage including how to submit new or revised code.
There are two different download options for the program. The first is the typical Windows operating system setup (Download Setup). The second option is for those interested in the source code (Download Source Code), and is not required in order to run the program. Complete details on how to set up the source code are included within the "readme.txt" file.
HOB Tools contains the following groups of tools:
HOB Tools comes with a user's guide that can be accessed in three ways: selecting "HOB Tools User's Guide" from the HOB Tools shortcut folder in the Windows Start Menu, pressing F1 when running HOB Tools, or by selecting "Help” from the program's main menu and then selecting "User's Guide...”. This help system is not only searchable but also integrated within HOB Tools such that if F1 is pressed when a tool is open, the HOB Tools User's Guide will open directly to the help topic associated with that tool.
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Download Setup [6.06 MB]
Download Source Code [35.4 MB]
*GNU General Public License: HOB Tools is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. HOB Tools is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with HOB Tools. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
**Microsoft .NET Framework: The setup program will validate that the .NET Framework is installed. If the .NET Framework is not installed, then setup will automatically download it and install it for you. Do note though that the download size is 22.4 MB, which could take some time on slower Internet connections.