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Meteorological Data recorded at Armagh Observatory: Vol 3 -Meta-data,

Summary: Meteorological Data recorded at Armagh
Observatory: Vol 3 - Meta-data,
A. M. GarcŽia-SuŽarez, E. Park, C.J. Butler, K. Hickey, A. Grant
Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG, N. Ireland
1 Introduction
Armagh Observatory has the longest series of meteorological records from any single
site in Ireland and one of the longest in the British Isles. Pressure and air tempera-
ture readings commenced in 1795, to be joined in 1838 by rainfall and wet and dry
temperatures and in 1843 by maximum and minimum temperatures. Records of
bright sunshine from a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder commenced in 1880 and
soil temperatures at one foot and four foot depth in 1904. In the late 18th century
and early 19th century, readings were made thrice daily, in the morning, at midday
and in the evening. Later, this was reduced to twice daily morning and evening
readings and finally from 1966, to just morning readings.
Up until June 2000, the data have been entered into the manuscript meteorological
record books (M117, Butler and Hoskin, 1987) with monthly returns to the UK Met
Office since 1868. These manuscript books have been scanned electronically and the
images made available to the general public via the World-Wide Web. Later data
is available in digital format.


Source: Armagh Observatory
Armagh Observatory Meteorology Databank


Collections: Geosciences; Physics