I have a long-standing
interest in weather and climate. I did work at the Met Office, once, but
only a 4 week holiday job as a student in the late1960s.
I have constructed a complete Integrated Database of Halesowen weather observations from 1956 (using data from Cedric Roberts) until 2004, and appended my own records from that date, giving me a valuable resource of continuous data from 1956 to the present , over 50 years.
From my Integrated Database I am able to look at the data in many different ways, and having so many years I am able to look at trends in temperature and rainfall over the years, and have a good base of information to look at when I'm asked "when was it last that cold?"
I submit my data to Climatological Observers Link (COL) a group of met enthusiasts who collect and share weather observations in the UK and some locations elsewhere. Their website can be found at http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~brugge/col.html
I am also interested in both orbiting and geostationary satellite imagery, and am a member of GEO (Group for Earth Observation). Their website is http://www.geo-web.org.uk
HALESOWEN WEATHER WEBSITE
My website http://www.halesowenweather.co.uk was set up initially to offer some of my findings to locals who might be interested, and time has shown that it does attract enquiries from a variety of people who want to find something out, often about Halesowen weather (where I am usually able to help), and sometimes about weather elsewhere (where I can usually suggest where they might look - often starting with suggesting Googling!).
I have listed a selection of the types of enquiries I have received, and it is satisfying to see that the website is being found not only by quite a few individuals, but also by organisations such as the Environment Agency and by several departments within my local authority, Dudley MBC.
Clearly I cannot easily put all the data I have on the
website, as it is voluminous to say the least!
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