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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:39 pm 
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BOOKS

I'm looking for a book solely aimed at people like us, enthusiastic amatuer's! - suggestions please.

Ones that i have already and would suggest myself are:

1.) the observers book of weather 1955 - invaluable - all good second hand book shops.

2.) the cloud book (how to understand the skies) £9.99 - richard Hamblyn
all you need without joining the cloud apprecaition society

3.) Phillips guide to weather - (£9.99) - Ross Reynolds - upto date - good solid stuff well explained.

4.) Meteorological Observers handbook - my copy is from 1942 - not sure if it is still printed - if it is let me know.

I know that this isn't about a link, but it seemed the best place to put it.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:05 am 
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How technical do you want to be ? I found some are completley over my head even though they are aimed at amateurs.

I will have a look through mine and list a few favourites

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:14 pm 
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darrog wrote:
BOOKS

4.) Meteorological Observers handbook - my copy is from 1942 - not sure if it is still printed - if it is let me know.

I know that this isn't about a link, but it seemed the best place to put it.


Yes, excellent book I've got the 3rd impression 1989 edition.

My collection includes:
Cloud Types for Observers
Climate of the British Isles
The Weather of Britain
Spacious Skies
How to Identify Weather
Several books in the Ian Currie series i.e., The Dorset Weather Book etc,...

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Thanks, I'll try and get a 'newer' version.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:04 pm 
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Hi Darren,

Not sure but I think the only difference is in the photographs.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:59 pm 
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Came across 'Weather Facts' by Dick File - 1991 - (Oxford University Press) - £1 paperback from 2nd hand bookshop in Penrith.
File is an ex Met'O man and seems to have written an understandable book that covers most aspects and to a UK aspect.
Despite it been 1991 there is a chapter on 'climate change', its intro' starts ' cg maybe natural or the result of human activities'.
I've not read the chapter yet, but mixes the naturally occuring with, in the main, Greenhouse gases/effect.
Personally, I think that we have missed not having one good volcanic eruption for a while, (was the last one St.Helens 1980) that would cause a drop in temp's.
Any of you old enough to remember the 'year without a summer' - prize of my cogratulations to the first person with the right answer.

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 2:25 pm 
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SYMONDS BRITISH RAINFALL - help needed

just obtained x6 copies of above 1882 - 1885-6 - 1888-9 + 1918

Looks a good read - BUT - can anyone help?

It transpires that there were two sites very close to my own h/a – Crosby Ravensworth (Reagill) and Morland.

Crosby Ravensworth appears in the 1882, 1885, 1886, 1888 +1889 copies
Morland in the 1918

I'm looking to find out the first + last years that each reported and if possible the amount of rainfall + rain days for each year.

also re Morland - a Miss Markham is listed as the source, but this was the last year of the war - was she always listed as the source or was it just in the war years?

Any help that you might be able to give would be much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 10:32 am 
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First of all well done in getting 6 copies, where did you get them from ?

I managed to find a good rainfall averages book which I have transcribed

http://www.bramptonweather.co.uk/data/C ... 6-1950.pdf

This wont answer your question but a later edition of the books you have may highlight when a station closed ?

I have a very detailed book called British Rainfall 1959-60 produced by the met o, it may be similar to the ones you have ? - are your books something that can be scanned ? - perhaps I could borrow them, or we could exchange books etc

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 2:10 pm 
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Paul,
got them whilst on holiday, just another of those small and beautiful YORKSHIRE market towns.
A second hand book shop in HELMSLEY.
she had to 'go out back' to get them - they are in good nick, but no dust jacket and here is the good yorkshire bit - bartered her down to £15 for the lot!!!

they aren't scannable I'm afraid - hardback and even the 1882 ed is 207 pages (242 pages come 1918)

If you want to borrow them just shout up.

i was going to list all the rain fall stns for Cumbria in 1882, but there are too many

Instead:
Cumberland = 50 stns
Westmoreland = 35 stns
N. lancs = 16 stns

Also re that you list that you transcribed - it's V.good and very useful.

From my 1918 ed I could probably tell you the names of the observers at those sites, eg:
C.R. Rivington esq at Appleby - Castle bank.
in 1918 his gauge was 5" diameter and set 1ft 2" above the ground and he had rain on 201 days totalling 1104mm or 43.47 inch.

If anyone ever comes across any of these books - BUY THEM

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 5:41 pm 
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OH yes must borrow them if I can !!

I was hoping to try and collect all the rainfall books, but some are really expensive.

|Good find, well done

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