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1983 to date

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©Philip Eden

Robert Tyssen-Gee’s untimely death in 1983 left the Society without an honorary meteorologist, but his wife Helen Tyssen-Gee succeeded in persuading Philip Eden, a writer and broadcaster on meteorological matters, to take on the mantle.

Although living at some distance from London he maintained the daily observations through renewed crises with funding and availability of observers. During the 1990s the readings were undertaken almost exclusively by Eden himself together with his deputy Geoff Shelley. Also during the 1990s a fund was set up with the express purpose of establishing an automatic weather station at the observatory site to mark the Hampstead Scientific Society’s centenary in 1999. This electronic station was commissioned on 26 January 2000 and it monitors air and ground temperature, humidity, rainfall, solar radiation and sunshine duration every minute, storing the information on a data-logger.

In the new millennium the Hampstead Scientific Society can claim a unique record of almost 100 years of continued meteorological observation from one place, superintended by just three honorary meteorologists. The closure of Kew Observatory, the movement between sites at Greenwich, and lengthy gaps in the record at St James’s Park, mean that Hampstead now can fairly lay claim to the longest continuous record from a single site in the capital.

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