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Ready-prepared articles on measuring the weather


  • 990123  Weathercams on the Internet  As I sit at my computer scratching my head and wondering what to write about, I usually end of staring out of the office window watching
  • 000129   Electronic weather stations  A small piece of meteorological history was made in a quiet north London suburb last Tuesday. After ninety years of daily readings by a flesh and
  • 000304   Measuring the wind  According to the old saying, March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. Somehow, I think those flowers would get on perfectly well without
  • 010728   Measuring sunshine  Sunshine recording has been a particular obsession of the British, perhaps because of the paucity of sunshine in this cloudy corner of western Europe
  • 030111  The trouble with estimating Climate experts have a rule of thumb: snow depths estimated by most people are roughly double the measured depth. Nearly all of us have an
  • 030614  Rainfall at sea Measuring rainfall over the oceans must be one of the most esoteric aspects of meteorology. Flood, drought, the growth of crops, soil erosion, water supply: all
  • 030803  Faulty weather memories  A fortnight ago many people were saying what a splendid summer it was, although those of us who dislike high temperatures begged to differ.
  • 000717 Measuring thunderstorms  My Collins desk dictionary does not mention the “brontometer”. Nor does it appear in the Met Office’s “Meteorological Glossary”. But it
  • 880101  The origin of the thermometer  Not only do we take our ability to measure temperature for granted, we also automatically assume that higher temperatures mean
  • 880102  Who was Mr Fahrenheit?  During the late 17th century thermometers were being manufactured all over Europe, but they all had different scales. Fahrenheit was the first man
  • 880103  The Celsius temperature scale  The centigrade scale in world-wide use today usually bears the name of Anders Celsius, a Swedish physicist of the early-18th century,
  • 880104  The development of the rain-gauge  Measuring rainfall is, on the surface of it, one of the simplest exercises of all in meteorology. Just stick an old can or dish outside in the
  • 880105  A problem with wind  In the nineteenth century it was clear that a detailed understanding of the wind was vital to an understanding of many meteorological processes
  • 880106  Studying the upper air in Victorian times  The British Association were persuaded by a number of scientists in the 1860s to launch a series of balloon ascents to study the
  • 880107  Measuring the pressure of the air  We know now that barometric pressure – that is, the downward pressure exerted by the air above us – is one of three most important
  • 880108  The family of observers  Unmanned electronic weather stations are beginning to supplant the human observer, but these stations are expensive, they need maintenance and
  • 880109  Mountain top observatories  19th century meteorologists learned a lot about weather patterns near the Earth’s surface, but, with a few honourable exceptions, they knew
  • 880110  The development of the radiosonde  The radiosonde, a British invention, first took to the skies in 1937, although it was after the Second World War before it really came into its