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Winter 1947     1979  

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2000  2001  2002  2003      

Climate Change     

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Cedric Roberts MBE 1931 - 2004

ABOUT CEDRIC ROBERTS (MBE)

I have been fortunate to be given some of the weather records kept by the late Cedric Roberts MBE, who ran Halesowen Climatological Station as a Volunteer Observer Station for the Met Office from 1956 until he died in November 2004 .  

Cedric was born in 1931 in Halesowen where he lived all his life. While in National Service at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, he worked as a radio and radar technician on Lancasters. It seems that Cedric wanted to be the Met man, and their Met man wanted to be a radio man, but the RAF would not agree to a swap!

He became a teacher of maths and physics in a local school, progressing to become Deputy Head teacher at Windsor High School until 1986 when he retired aged 55.

Cedric became interested in meteorology from an early age, making his first regular observations from 1st January 1946. He made continuous observations from 1956, and when computers appeared on the scene he spent 12 months transferring his first 40 years records onto spreadsheets. He became especially interested in weather satellite systems, downloading images from both orbiting and geostationary satellites, and used automated recording systems as they became available alongside his ongoing manual observations. For some time Alan Davies, a close friend, assisted Cedric in building, maintaining and mending his equipment, and I am most grateful  to Alan for seeing that I had a copy of the records I now possess, both electronic data and some handwritten records which are of historic interest.

Cedric certainly was an experienced and dedicated observer, which is evident from the clarity and detail he included in his daily records. He regularly provided reports to television and the press as well as giving talks to local groups.

 I have a copy of an article he wrote "Watching the Weather - My Years with Satellite Acquisition" for the launch issue of GEO (Group for Earth Observation) quarterly magazine in the Spring of 2002, and it is with sadness that  Issue 5 of the same magazine published in March 2005 carried his obituary and some letters from those who had known him.

I cannot bring myself to remove the black Rotring pen he left in the current page of his blue recording book, with the last entry filled in on 5th November 2004, the last observation he was able to write in it.

His observations were his life, and took precedence over everything else.

Cedric Roberts MBE 1931 - 2004

 

 

ARTICLES 1947 and 1979 to 2003

Here is a selection of Cedric's articles, documenting weather in Halesowen between 1979 and 2003, also the very cold winter of 1947 which he wrote about before setting up his official weather station.

All these pdf files can be opened directly, but I recommend that for those marked "large file", you right click and "save as" to download the file to your own computer first (otherwise you'll be wondering why it's taking a long time to download):


Winter of 1947
19470300 The Winter of 1947 in Halesowen.pdf
19470300 The Winter of 1947 in detail.pdf
  (large file)
19470300 The Winter of 1947 in Halesowen (with pics).pdf
   (large file)


1979
19790400 Temps rise to herald spring.pdf

19790406 Cold weather blues this spring.pdf

19790500 May makes mockery of spring.pdf

19790600 Glimpse of sizzling summer.pdf

19790700 Unusually dry July.pdf

19790800 Heavy rainfall.pdf

19791000 October weather report.pdf

19791012 Only 17 hrs of rain in Sept.pdf

19791100 Anomalies in weather.pdf

1980
19800100 A winter to remember.pdf

19800100 January was chilly.pdf

19800111 Weather moods were variable.pdf

19800200 Feb turned out nice and warm.pdf

19800300 Miserable wet March.pdf

19800400 Do you remember the drought.pdf

19800400 Records tumble.pdf

19800600 It was such a wet June.pdf

19800700 July was cold and damp.pdf

19800800 Fifth worst summer since 1956.pdf

19800900 Touch of Battle days in Sept.pdf

19801000 Dripping depressing Oct weather.pdf

19801100 Our November weather.pdf

19801200 Doom and gloom 1980.pdf

19801200 Wet year finishes with drier Dec.pdf

1981
19810200 February snow was a chilly reminder.pdf

19810213 Icy winter forecast seems off beam.pdf

19810300 This so wet March is best forgotten.pdf

19810400 Aprils freak snowstorm worst.pdf

19810600 Dull but driest June since 1976.pdf

19810700 July was so dry.pdf

19810800 Driest season for 36 years.pdf

19810900 September wet warm stormy.pdf

19811000 October a cold and wet month.pdf

19811100 Mild November.pdf

19811200 Records broken in big freeze.pdf

1982
19820100 Worst freeze since 1963 - record low.pdf

19820200 February drier and milder.pdf

19820300 March was wet but sunnier.pdf

19820400 April showers, No a drought.pdf

19820500 Mays wide range of temperatures.pdf

19820600 Junes flame was doused.pdf

19820700 Why July seemed hot and sticky.pdf

19820800 Summer 1982 dampest on record.pdf

19820900 Dramatic turn in September weather.pdf

19821000 October weather report.pdf

19821100 Autumn under the weather again.pdf

19821200 December blew hot and cold.pdf

1983
19830100 January weather mildest on record.pdf

19830200 Weather notes - cold and dry.pdf

19830400 April - a month best forgotten.pdf

19830412 In like a lamb - out like a lion.pdf

19830500 A gloomy record.pdf

19830600 June driest for 34 years.pdf

19830600 June weather turns turtle.pdf

19830700 July 1983.pdf

19830700 Wet but wonderful.pdf

19830800 Pleasant old-style summer weather.pdf

19830900 September 1983.pdf

19830900 Wetter cooler duller.pdf

19831000 Weather watchers autumn chill.pdf

19831100 Dry story.pdf

19831200 Stormy and mild.pdf

1984
19840100 Bright but breezy.pdf

19840200 Blustery and dull.pdf

19840200 Extreme weather.pdf

19840200 The Winter of 1983-1984.pdf

19840300 March - A Dull,Damp and Cool month.pdf

19840400 April was a record.pdf

19840400 Hot sunny days, clear cold nights.pdf

19840500 Bank holiday blues.pdf

19840600 A warm and dry month.pdf

19840700 Months of rain needed.pdf

19840800 Hot often sultry days, plentiful sunshine.pdf

19840900 Sept- Changeable and rather unsettled.pdf

19841000 October 1984.pdf

19841100 Twice normal rainfall.pdf

19841200 Average December.pdf

1985
19850100 January bared its icy teeth.pdf

19850200 Siberian weather - lowest for 40 years.pdf

19850300 A month for ducks.pdf

19850400 April 1985.pdf

19850800 Splish splosh.pdf

19850900 September 1985.pdf

19850900 Summer ends in flood.pdf

19851000 October- Bonus month starts autumn.pdf

19851100 November was so cold.pdf

19851200 December 1985.pdf

1986
19860100 January 1986.pdf

19860100 Wet and windy.pdf

19860200 A very cold but dry and sunny month.pdf

19860200 The freezing truth about February.pdf

19860200 Third coldest Feb this century.pdf

19860300 March 1986.pdf


1987

19870600 June 1987.pdf

19870900 Sept 1987.pdf

19871000 Oct 1987.pdf

19871100 Nov 1987.pdf

1988
19880100 Jan 1988.pdf

19880200 Feb 1988.pdf

19880300 Mar 1988.pdf

19880400 Apr 1988.pdf

19880500 May 1988.pdf

19880600 Jun 1988.pdf

19880700 July deluge.pdf

19880800 Aug 1988.pdf

19880900 Sep 1988.pdf

19881000 Oct 1988.pdf

19881100 Nov 1988.pdf

19881200 Dec 1988.pdf

1989
19890100 Jan 1989.pdf

19890300 Mar 1989.pdf

19890400 Apr 1989.pdf

19890500 May 1989.pdf

19890500 May weather in Halesowen.pdf

19890600 Jun 1989.pdf

19890600 June weather in Halesowen.pdf

19890800 Aug 1989.pdf

19890900 Sep 1989.pdf

19890900 Sep weather in Halesowen.pdf

19891000 Oct 1989.pdf

19891000 Oct weather in Halesowen.pdf

19891200 Dec 1989 - lightning.pdf

19891200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

1990
19900100 Jan 1990.pdf

19900200 Feb 1990.pdf

19900200 Feb weather in Halesowen.pdf

19900300 Mar 1990 In like a lion, Out like a lamb.pdf

19900300 Mar 1990.pdf

19900300 March weather in Halesowen.pdf

19900500 Abnormally dry and sunny spring.pdf

19900600 Jun 1990.pdf

19900600 June weather in Halesowen.pdf

19900600 Not so flaming June.pdf

19900700 Jul 1990.pdf

19900700 July weather in Halesowen.pdf

19900700 Long term records tumble in mini-heatwave.pdf

19900800 Aug 1990.pdf

19900800 Aug weather in Halesowen.pdf

19900800 Summer of 1990.pdf

19900900 Sep 1990.pdf

19900900 Sep 1990 (2).pdf

19900900 Sep weather in Halesowen.pdf

19901000 Oct 1990.pdf

19901000 Oct weather in Halesowen.pdf

19901100 Nov 1990.pdf

19901100 Nov 1990 (2).pdf

19901100 Nov weather in Halesowen.pdf

19901200 Dec 1990.pdf

1991
19910100 Jan 1991.pdf

19910200 Feb 1991.pdf

19910200 Feb weather in Halesowen.pdf

19910200 The winter of 1991.pdf

19910400 Apr 1991.pdf

19910400 Apr 1991 (2).pdf

19910400 Apr weather in Halesowen.pdf

19910500 May 1991.pdf

19910500 May weather in Halesowen.pdf

19910600 Jun 1991.pdf

19910600 Jun weather in Halesowen.pdf

19910700 Jul 1991.pdf

19910700 Jul weather in Halesowen.pdf

19910800 Aug 1991.pdf

19910800 Aug Bank Holiday 1991.pdf

19910800 Aug weather in Halesowen.pdf

19910900 Sep 1991.pdf

19911000 Oct 1991.pdf

19911000 Oct weather in Halesowen.pdf

19911100 Nov 1991.pdf

19911100 Nov weather in Halesowen.pdf

19911200 Dec 1991.pdf

19911200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

1992
19920100 Jan 1992.pdf

19920100 Jan weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920200 Feb weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920300 Mar 1992.pdf

19920300 Mar weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920500 May 1992.pdf

19920500 May weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920600 Jun 1992 warm and sunny.pdf

19920600 Jun weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920700 Jul 1992.pdf

19920700 Jul weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920800 Aug 1992.pdf

19920800 Aug weather in Halesowen.pdf

19920900 Sep 1992.pdf

19920900 Sep weather in Halesowen.pdf

19921000 Oct 1992.pdf

19921000 Oct weather in Halesowen.pdf

19921100 Nov 1992.pdf

19921100 Nov weather in Halesowen.pdf

19921200 Dec 1992.pdf

19921200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

1993
19930100 Jan 1993.pdf

19930100 January weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930200 Feb 1993.pdf

19930200 Feb weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930200 Winter of 1992-3.pdf

19930300 Mar 1993.pdf

19930300 Mar weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930400 Apr 1993.pdf

19930400 Apr weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930500 May 1993.pdf

19930500 May weather in Halsowen.pdf

19930500 Spring 1993.pdf

19930600 Jun 1993.pdf

19930600 Jun weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930700 Jul 1993.pdf

19930700 Jul weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930800 Aug 1993.pdf

19930800 Aug weather in Halesowen.pdf

19930800 Summer 1993.pdf

19930900 Sep 1993.pdf

19930900 Sep weather in Halesowen.pdf

19931000 Oct 1993 Freak October weather.pdf

19931000 Oct 1993.pdf

19931100 Autumn 1993.pdf

19931100 Nov 1993.pdf

19931100 Nov weather in Halesowen.pdf

19931200 Dec 1993.pdf

19931200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

19931200 The Weather of 1993.pdf
   (large file)

1994
19940100 Jan 1994.pdf

19940100 Jan weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940100 Winter of 1993-4.pdf

19940200 Feb 1994.pdf

19940200 Feb weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940300 Mar 1994.pdf

19940300 Mar weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940400 Apr 1994.pdf

19940400 Apr weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940400 Easter 1994.pdf

19940500 May 1994.pdf

19940500 Spring 1994.pdf

19940600 Jun 1994.pdf

19940600 Jun weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940700 Jul 1994.pdf

19940700 Jul weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940800 Aug 1994.pdf

19940800 Aug 1994 (2).pdf

19940800 Aug weather in Halesowen.pdf

19940800 Summer 1994.pdf

19940900 Sep 1994.pdf

19940919 Heavy rainfall in Halesowen area.pdf

19941000 Oct 1994.pdf

19941000 Oct weather in Halesowen.pdf

19941100 Autumn 1994.pdf

19941100 Nov 1994.pdf

19941100 Nov weather in Halesowen.pdf

19941200 Dec 1994.pdf

19941200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

19941200 Detailed Overview of the Weather of 1994.pdf
  (large file)
19941200 The Weather of 1994.pdf
   (large file)

1995
19950100 Jan 1995.pdf

19950100 Winter of 1994-5.pdf

19950200 Feb 1995.pdf

19950300 Mar 1995.pdf

19950400 Apr 1995.pdf

19950500 May 1995.pdf

19950500 Spring 1995.pdf

19950600 Jun 1995.pdf

19950600 Jun weather in Halesowen.pdf

19950700 Jul 1995.pdf

19950800 Aug 1995.pdf

19950800 Summer 1995.pdf

19950900 Sep 1995.pdf

19951000 Oct 1995.pdf

19951100 Autumn 1995.pdf

19951100 Nov 1995.pdf

19951200 Dec 1995.pdf

19951200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

1996
19960100 Jan 1996.pdf

19960200 Feb 1996.pdf

19960200 Feb weather in Halesowen.pdf

19960300 Mar 1996.pdf

19960300 Mar weather in Halesowen.pdf

19960400 Apr 1996.pdf

19960400 Apr weather in Halesowen.pdf

19960500 May 1996.pdf

19960500 May weather in Halesowen.pdf

19960600 Jun 1996.pdf

19960600 Jun weather in Halesowen.pdf

19960700 Jul 1996.pdf

19960800 Aug 1996.pdf

19960900 Sep 1996.pdf

19961000 Oct 1996.pdf

19961000 Oct weather in Halesowen.pdf

19961100 Nov 1996.pdf

19961100 Nov weather in Halesowen.pdf

19961200 Dec 1996.pdf

19961200 Dec weather in Halesowen.pdf

1997
19970101 Jan 1997.pdf

19970200 Feb 1997 Stormy and mild.pdf

19970200 Feb 1997.pdf

19970300 Mar 1997.pdf

19970400 Apr 1997.pdf

19970500 May 1997.pdf

19970500 Spring 1997.pdf

19970600 Jun 1997.pdf

19970700 Jul 1997.pdf

19970800 Aug and Summer 1997 p1.pdf

19970800 Aug and Summer 1997 p2.pdf

19970900 Sep 1997.pdf

19971000 Oct 1997 p1.pdf

19971000 Oct 1997 p2.pdf

19971100 Nov 1997.pdf

1998
19980100 Jan 1998 p1.pdf

19980100 Jan 1998 p2.pdf

19980200 Feb 1998.pdf

19980200 Feb 1998 Records tumble in warm spell.pdf

19980300 Mar 1998 p1.pdf

19980300 Mar 1998 p2.pdf

19980300 Mar 1998 p3.pdf

19980400 Apr 1998 p1.pdf

19980400 Apr 1998 p2.pdf

19980400 Apr 1998 p3.pdf

19980500 May 1998 p1.pdf

19980500 May 1998 p2.pdf

19980600 Jun 1998 p1.pdf

19980600 Jun 1998 p2.pdf

19980600 Jun 1998 p3.pdf

19980700 Jul 1998 p1.pdf

19980700 Jul 1998 p2.pdf

19980800 Aug 1998 p1.pdf

19980800 Aug 1998 p2.pdf

19980800 Aug 1998 p3.pdf

19980800 Aug 1998 p4.pdf

19980900 Sep 1998 p1.pdf

19980900 Sep 1998 p2.pdf

19981000 Oct 1998 p1.pdf

19981000 Oct 1998 p2.pdf

19981100 Autumn 1998.pdf

1999
19990100 Jan 1999.pdf

19990200 Feb 1999.pdf

19990200 Winter 1998-99.pdf

19990300 Mar 1999.pdf

19990400 Apr 1999.pdf

19990500 May 1999 barograph.pdf

19990500 May 1999 lightning strikes.pdf

19990500 May 1999 rainfall graph.pdf

19990600 Jun 1999.pdf

19990700 Jul 1999.pdf

19990800 Aug 1999 heavy rainfall.pdf

19990900 Sep 1999.pdf

19991200 Dec 1999.pdf

19991200 Summary for year 1999.pdf

2000
20000100 Jan 2000.pdf

20000200 Feb 2000.pdf

20000200 Winter 1999-2000.pdf

20000300 Mar 2000.pdf

20000400 Apr 2000.pdf

20000500 May 2000.pdf

20000500 Spring 2000.pdf

20000600 Jun 2000.pdf
20000700 July 2000.pdf

20000800 Aug 2000.pdf
20000800 Sep 2000.pdf

20000800 Summer 2000.pdf

20000900 Sep 2000 Summary.pdf

20001000 Oct 2000.pdf

20001100 Autumn 2000.pdf

20001100 Nov 2000.pdf

20001200 Dec 2000 p1.pdf

20001200 Dec 2000 p2.pdf

20001200 Summary for the year 2000.pdf

2001
20010200 Feb 2001.pdf

20010200 Winter of 2000-1.pdf

20010300 Mar 2001.pdf

20010300 Mar 2001 (2).pdf

20010400 Apr 2001.pdf

20010400 Apr 2001 (2).pdf

20010500 May 2001.pdf

20010500 Spring 2001.pdf

20010600 Jun 2001.pdf

20010600 Jun 2001 (2).pdf

20010700 Jul 2001.pdf

20010700 Summer 2001.pdf

20010800 Aug 2001.pdf

20010800 Aug 2001 (2).pdf

20010900 Sep 2001.pdf

20010900 Sep 2001 (2).pdf

20011000 Oct 2001.pdf

20011000 Oct 2001 (2).pdf

20011100 Autumn 2001.pdf

20011100 Nov 2001.pdf

20011100 Nov 2001 (2).pdf

20011200 Dec 2001.pdf

20011200 Dec 2001 (2).pdf

20011200 Summary of the year 2001.pdf

2002
20020100 Jan 2002.pdf

20020100 Jan 2002 (2).pdf

20020200 Feb 2002.pdf

20020200 Feb 2002 (2).pdf

20020200 The Winter of 2001-2.pdf

20020300 Mar 2002.pdf

20020300 Mar 2002 (2).pdf

20020400 Apr 2002.pdf

20020400 Apr 2002 (2).pdf

20020500 May 2002.pdf

20020500 May 2002 (2).pdf

20020600 Jun 2002.pdf

20020600 Jun 2002 (2).pdf

20020700 Jul 2002.pdf

20020700 Jul 2002 (2).pdf

20020800 Aug 2002.pdf

20020800 Aug 2002 (2).pdf

20020800 Spring Summer 2002.pdf

20020900 Sep 2002.pdf
20020900 Sep 2002 (2).pdf

20021000 Oct 2002.pdf

20021000 Oct 2002 2.pdf

20021000 Oct 2002 Summary.pdf

20021000 Nov 2002.pdf

20021100 Nov 2002.pdf

20021100 Nov 2002 (2).pdf

20021100 The Autumn of 2002.pdf

20021200 Dec 2002.pdf

20021200 Summary for the year 2002.pdf

2003
20030100 Jan 2003.pdf

20030100 Jan 2003 2.pdf

20030100 Jan 2003 3.pdf

20030200 Feb 2003.pdf

20030200 Feb 2003 2.pdf

20030200 Winter of 2002-3.pdf

20030300 Mar 2003.pdf

20030400 Apr 2003.pdf

20030500 May 2003.pdf

20030500 May 2003 Summary.pdf

20030600 June 2003.pdf

20030600 June 2003 Summary.pdf

20030600 June 2003.pdf

20030600 June 2003 Summary.pdf

20030600 Spring 2003.pdf

20030700 July 2003.pdf

20030700 July 2003 2.pdf

20030800 Aug 2003.pdf

20030800 Aug 2003 2.pdf

20030900 Sept 2003.pdf

20030900 Sept 2003 Summary.pdf

20030900 Summer 2003.pdf

20031000 Oct 2003.pdf

20031000 Oct 2003 2.pdf

20031100 Nov 2003.pdf

20031100 Nov 2003 Summary.pdf

20031200 Autumn 2003.pdf

20031200 Dec 2003.pdf

20031200 Dec 2003 2.pdf

20031200 Dec 2003 Summary.pdf

20031200 Annual Summary 2003.pdf



Climate Change since 1956
1997 Climate Change 1956 to 1997.pdf
2000 Climate Change 1956 to 2000.pdf

 

KEEPING UP THE GOOD WORK

My own records from 2005 onwards can be found in the Recent Years section of my website.

Cedric's Station was located about 1km from my own home from which I now make daily observations to add to his valuable work over the years. 

I hope my contribution, albeit as an enthusiastic amateur without his lifetime of experience, but coincidentally coming from a physics and maths background, with an interest in weather from my own schooldays, will be useful in carrying on the record-keeping in this area. 

I value the opportunity to add to Cedric's work, and maintain a long-term set of records of Halesowen Weather. I hope somebody else will be able to carry on when I am no longer able to - if you are interested, please contact me.

I enjoy playing with databases, so getting all the data available to me into a form where I can "ask it questions"  has been a challenge, but it is satisfying to be able to answer questions when I am asked, as well as being able to research trends over the last continuous 57+ years , and other projects where knowledge of local temperatures or rainfall are essential. 

I have been happy to be able to provide information to many people over recent years using this resource, and  try to respond to any reasonable and genuine requests.

Colin Prior

Halesowen

 
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