This report provides a climatological summary and perspective against which specific research results presented later can be viewed. A regional data base containing historical daily climate time series and climate change scenarios for the Southeastern United States was developed for the U.S. Forest Service Southern Global Change Program (SGCP). Daily historical values of maximum temperature, minimum temperature and precipitation and empirically derived estimates of vapor pressure deficit and solar radiation across a uniform 1 deg latitude x 1 deg longitude grid were obtained. Climate change scenarios of temperature, precipitation, vapor pressure deficit and solar radiation were generated using semi-empirical techniques which combined historical time series and simulation field summaries from GISS, GFDL, OSU and UKMO General Circulation Model (GCM) experiments. An internally consistent 1 deg latitude x 1 deg longitude climate change scenario data base was produced in which vapor pressure deficit and solar radiation conditions were driving by the GCM temperature projections, but were not constrained to agree with GCM calculated radiation and humidity fields. Map summaries of these historical and climate change conditions are presented.