Monday, 16 November 2015

Recording the weather

I think that bloggers are quite interested in the weather.  We often talk about it.  How hot, cold, sunny, wet, dark or snowy it has been.  We mark the changes of the seasons with great zeal as well.  Weather is definitely important to bloggers!

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
 
Fascinating hey!  For comparison, minus 19 degrees C is minus 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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!

Amy

30 comments:

  1. having just got a weather station for my birthday, I hope to start keeping records from the start of the year, We had a friend who use to keep weather records from when he was 14 until he passed away at 66 all logged in note books, it was fascinating reading, even when he went on holiday he arrange for some-one to carry on the records :-)

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  2. This is very interesting. I have never seen anything similar to this! It must have been beautiful to visit such a historic place... And it also loks like you had a particularly sunny day as well :-)

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  3. My daughters used to have a weather station and recorded the weather for years as they were growing up, I wouldn't have been at all surprised if one of them had become a weather reporter.

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  4. That's one of my favourite things at Chatsworth!

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  5. Fascinating stuff. We have a weather station and I've got a thermometer in my greenhouse.

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  6. It always intrigues me to see how different the years are - nature seems to know what it's doing and adjusts accordingly. Waiting for the first apple blossom or the first snowdrop, or wondering why there are so few plums this year. I love how it's all connected. The Chatsworth weather station is fab. I wouldn't mind being on their garden team. I hope you have a good week Amy. CJ xx

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  7. that sunshine recorder is a thing of beauty, I want one! x

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  8. The weather will be what it will be – that's what I love about it. That sunshine recorder is gorgeous. Sam x

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  9. There is a pub by us that has a flood gauge on the outside because living by the river Severn means weather means a lot to people round here. Interesting facts Amy. Jo x

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  10. I think Americans are even more obsessed with the weather, we have 2 twenty-four hour weather channels. Mac has a home weather station too.

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  11. Amazing . . Looks kinda magical . . . I never would have guessed . . kinda happy making, isn't it?
    You sure have excellent shares. Thanks.

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  12. I love the idea of a weather station. My 93 year old neighbour was a meteorologist during the war and worked with Bomber Harris; she is still fascinated by clouds and the weather. It certainly feels a bit nippy here today! xx

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  13. How interesting! December 1930 sounds a grim month, only 7 hours of sunshine. And given that "Our driest year was 1780 with 49 cm of rain" and yet "1981 was a very wet year with 106 cm of rain" that doesn't sound a huge difference to me given that they were extremes. Starts me off thinking about all sorts of things.... Thank you Amy!
    Caz xx

    Our driest year was 1780 with 49 cm of rain

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  14. This cracks me up Amy - but it's so true!! I've realized this more and more as I"ve been in blogland. We are obsessed with our weather. ;)
    This place is truly fascinating and what wonderful tools! Happy week ahead my Friend. xoxo

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  15. Fascinating. I think the British talk about the weather so much because it's so variable and because so much of what we do is, if not quite weather-dependent any more, at least weather-affected, and I love that. x

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  16. There was a sunshine recorder just like that one on Flog It last week. (I think it was Flog It - it was one of the antiquey programmes.) As for talking about the weather - I often wonder what people who live in places with "nice" weather talk about! :oD

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  17. We Brits are fixated by the weather. I just tend to look out of the window to see whether I need sunglasses or a brolly, or stand at the (open) back door to know whether I need a woolly, jacket or to return to indoors and the fireside!
    Margaret P
    PS Translating Celsius to Fahrenheit, I think to get a rough idea, you double it and add thirty.

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  18. Yes, we are weather obsessed, aren't we! Possibly it's because it can be so variable and quite often not what was forecast!! xx

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  19. I always admire people who record the weather daily - that takes dedication that I just don't have!

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  20. Having visited Monticello in Virginia we learned how Thomas Jefferson recorded weather daily

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  21. It becomes very interesting over time. December 1930 sounds most unpleasant!

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  22. It's the one thing we all share in common - weather! Love that solar device - it looks so interesting. I read the Farmer's Almanac daily! x K

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  23. Hi Amy. Now that is an interesting little contraption! It's so true, we bloggers love to inform each other on our weather. I'll tell you about mine! :) It's been wonderfully in the high 50s and sunshine! They say it's very unusual for the middle of November! I love it! Take care sweet friend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. It's so true! I thing the look backs are very interesting and the little stations are quite cute!

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  25. Wether is usually a safe topic to talk about. :))

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  26. The sunshine recorder looks like a pretty garden accent! I like looking back at weather readings for some reason. The seven hours of sunshine in that December must have been a dreary time!

    Here we often see weather "rocks" ... a large rock hanging from a rope with a sign explaining how it works. If the rock is dry, the weather is fine. If the rock is wet, it's raining. If the rock has snow on top, it's snowing, etc. We're fairly simple folk I guess ;)

    Wendy

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  27. How fascinating! As I was planning our homeschooling lessons for the next few months at the weekend, I was drawn to setting up our own little weather station at home. Of course it won't be nearly as grand as Chatsworth House's set up but I think it will be fun :)

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  28. That is so interesting. Imagine them having the presence of mind to start recording the weather in the 1700 and for us to still be so fascinated by it. Also the records would make an interesting read - well they would to me. I'm a bit obsessed by the weather. A fab post and I really must get to Chatsworth xx

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  29. I love checking what the weather is doing Amy. Hubby bought me a proper weather station years ago and I still have it. It was great recording the weather up at Berry Head where our last house was...so windy I once recorded 89 mph. It would be lovely to have these pretty weather stations in the garden.

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