Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

May 1996


Published in Great Plains Research 6:1 (Spring 1996). Copyright © 1996 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


Thematic atlases depicting aspects of past weather events and climatic summaries are an important resource for researchers, educators, and the general public. The authors of the Atlas of Oklahoma Climate have produced an engaging text providing a good overview of a subject about which both are highly knowledgeable: Howard Johnson serves as an Assistant State Climatologist in the Oklahoma Climatological Survey; Claude Duchon is a Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

The atlas is divided into six major sections: an "Introduction"; "Geography and Oklahoma's Weather and Climate"; "Annual Climate"; "Seasonal Climate"; "Wind and Humidity"; and "Climate and Agriculture." The written text makes frequent reference to the over 150 accompanying black and white illustrations that comprise the larger part of the publication. Illustrations are primarily isoline maps showing the geographic pattern of selected climate elements and graphs depicting data from either specific weather stations or representations of temporal variations in a selected climatic variable. The net result is an excellent resource destined to be found in public libraries across Oklahoma and the Great Plains and in the personal book collections of individuals fascinated by the weather and climate of Oklahoma.