Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Preserving a piece of history, whatever the weather

Date:
December 21, 2010
Source:
University of Manchester
Summary:
Scientists have set up a weather observatory capable of recording precise measurements available in real time online.

The new weather device.
Credit: Image courtesy of University of Manchester

The Whitworth Meteorological Observatory is a fully-automated, state of the art meteorological facility, replacing the original observatory set up and located in Whitworth Park in August 1892.

The new site, funded by the legacy of Sir Joseph Whitworth, will fulfill his wish to maintain the original observatory as a source of data for scientific, education and popular interest following the demise of the original in 1958.

Data from the new observatory will be used in support of scientific research projects focusing on urban climatology.

They will also be used to support projects by undergraduate and postgraduate research students as part of the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences curriculum.

Real time data and graphical summaries of key parameters are available on the dedicated website http://www.cas.manchester.ac.uk/restools/whitworth/data/ as well as on a screen in The Manchester Museum.

Professor Tom Choularton, Professor of Atmospheric Physics, said: "The Whitworth Observatory was originally set up to provide weather information freely available to the general public.

"In that spirit we have set up a station as close as possible to the original site, bearing in mind the need for security. We have used modern equipment and provided a range of measurements that were simply not possible in the early 20th century.

"The data gathered is freely available on our website and will be displayed in the Manchester museum as soon as possible. In addition to providing a resource for the general public the data will be extensively used in student projects in the University.

"An investigation into light snow falling from freezing fog is already being undertaken by a postgraduate research student. We are very grateful to the Whitworth foundation for providing the funds for this station."

Data will be provided free of charge to members of the public and educational establishments for teaching purposes.

Where data are required in support of commercial activities or funded research projects a financial contribution towards the maintenance of the observatory will be sought thus helping to ensure its future.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Manchester. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Manchester. "Preserving a piece of history, whatever the weather." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 December 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101221101843.htm>.
University of Manchester. (2010, December 21). Preserving a piece of history, whatever the weather. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101221101843.htm
University of Manchester. "Preserving a piece of history, whatever the weather." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101221101843.htm (accessed October 21, 2014).

Share This



More Earth & Climate News

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Traditional Farming Methods Gaining Ground in Mali

Traditional Farming Methods Gaining Ground in Mali

AFP (Oct. 20, 2014) He is leading a one man agricultural revolution in Mali - Oumar Diatabe uses traditional farming methods to get the most out of his land and is teaching others across the country how to do the same. Duration: 01:44 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Hey, Doc! Sewage, Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-Fuel Impala

Hey, Doc! Sewage, Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-Fuel Impala

3BL Media (Oct. 20, 2014) Hey, Doc! Sewage, Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-fuel Impala Video provided by 3BL
Powered by NewsLook.com
White Rhino's Death In Kenya Means Just 6 Are Left

White Rhino's Death In Kenya Means Just 6 Are Left

Newsy (Oct. 20, 2014) Suni, a rare northern white rhino at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, died Friday. This, as many media have pointed out, leaves people fearing extinction. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
New Organic Fertilizer Helps Reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Retreat

New Organic Fertilizer Helps Reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Retreat

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 20, 2014) Using an organic fertiliser, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies. Sharon Reich reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins