You probably know that the English are famous for talking about the weather too. Not sure what to say, talk about the weather. Meeting someone you don't know, yes, you guessed it. Need to change the subject... On it goes. We talk about the weather a lot.
So it didn't surprise me at all when we visited Chatsworth to find out that they are obsessed with recording the weather as well. This little weather recording station is set up in the gardens near the house.
The thing you see above is the Stevenson screen and inside the temperatures are recorded.
Below is the Campbell Stokes sunshine recorder, which yes, you guessed it, records the sunshine each day!
The little fence around the weather station displays some facts about the weather at Chatsworth and how it is recorded.
The Campbell Stokes sunshine recorder measures the hours of sunshine per day
Our sunniest month was July 1989 with 255 hours of sunshine
Our darkest month was December 1930 with barely 7 hours of sunshine
1981 was a very wet year with 106 cm of rain
Our driest year was 1780 with 49 cm of rain
Our wettest month was December 1914 with 23 cm of rain
In 1962 a great storm destroyed hundreds of Chatsworth trees
We have recorded the weather here since the 1700's
The garden team makes sure the weather is recorded every morning
Our coldest temperature was -19 degrees C on 24 February 1947
The temperature fell to -18 degrees C on 23 December 2010
There are thermometers inside the Stevenson Screen which record daily temperatures
I have a thermometer in the garden and often look to see what the weather is doing, although mostly we can tell by looking out of the window. I don't think that I will be scientifically recording the weather every day though!