Other useful sites
4.1 SCI.GEO.METEOROLOGY NEWSGROUP FAQs:
sci.geo.meteorology, has a series of FAQ's for data sources. The multi-part FAQ is posted regularly to sci.geo.meteorology. You can obtain current copies of this FAQ series by anonymous FTP at:
or in hypertext form via http://www.faqs.org/
(as at March, 2002 the updating process on this series appears to have lapsed)
For the latest news on severe thunderstorm events, tornadoes, waterspouts etc., a visit to the web site of the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation is essential. TORRO have produced a FAQ / information series relating to matters that they are particularly interested in. In addition to the information on "severe" convective weather events, there are a host of other useful data and www links. Also visit this site for details of the TORRO Membership Scheme:
4.3 ROGER BRUGGE'S WEATHER LINKS SITE:
This is one of the best maintained and most comprehensive of sites with links to 'weather data', i.e. both actual(real-time), forecast and climatological, not only for Europe, but around the world. There are also a multitude of links to other sources of information e.g.
> information on magazines/journals
> information on jobs available
> Climatological Observers Link (see this FAQ entry)
> Sources of monthly summaries
> Meteorological definitions
... and so on: far too many to list here.
Find it at:
... and for the NW European area: http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~brugge/bi.html
4.4 ROYAL METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY:
Useful site with plenty of information about the activities of the Society, it's educational work and some links to other sites. The site is also worth visiting for a list of publications / periodicals the Society promotes:
4.5 UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA - SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES:
Well known for its work on climate research/change etc:
The Central England Temperature (CET), England and Wales Precipitation (EWP) and other data sets are available via this site. To go directly to these data use:(courtesy of Mike Hulme) http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/~mikeh/datasets/uk/
And, for graphs showing such as Global temperatures, Southern Oscillation Index and North Atlantic Oscillation Index go to: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/tiempo/floor2/data/data.htm
4.6 BBC WEATHER CENTRE:
Lots of information on this site (including UK Radar data!) .. increasing all the time. Amongst the topics covered are: information on the presentation of weather forecasts, the team at the BBC Weather Centre, and background to the forecasts. Also, monthly summary details including provisional CET and EWR values.
in addition, you can now e:mail your weather observations direct to the BBC Weather Centre on:
4.7 THE UK WEATHER INFORMATION SITE:
A primary source for weather related information of interest to all uk.sci.weather contributors. The site is kept up to date by Martin Stubbs, and is recommended for 'first-contact' with respect to a whole range of actual and forecast data.
4.8 UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE (for plotted data):
A very useful site for daily & 6-hourly updates of plotted charts over Europe and other areas around the world. Includes rainfall, extremes of temperature, sunshine totals:
4.9 ANT VEAL'S "UK WEATHER CENTRE"
A superb site full of links to all sorts of other sites of interest to the amateur weather community. As well as 'current weather', there are sections on books/publications to refer to, instrumentation, links to web-cams, etc. If you don't bookmark anything else, have this one!
4.10 WILL HAND'S WEB SITE:
Local Berkshire and east Dartmoor weather, links, etc. Also a useful forecast discussion series for the UK and Devon updated weekly.
maintained by: Will Hand:
4.11 IRISH METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY:
links to forecasts, information etc., relating to Ireland:
4.12 PITSFORD HALL WEATHER STATION:
Lots of local data, plus useful links to many other weather sites:
4.13 PRODATA ASSOCIATES/AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATIONS:
"This is a site for weather enthusiasts, hosted by Prodata Associates. It is intended as a resource especially for those with a fascination for setting up and using their own automatic weather station". [ Although this site carries some promotional material, its contents and advice will prove useful enough to justify inclusion in this FAQ.]
and, associated with this site is a very useful 'clickable' map linking many 'on-line' independent automatic weather stations across the UK:
4.14 WEATHER INFORMATION SITE:
Many useful links to, for example, satellite imagery, current & past weather, forecasts, weather reports/summaries for Birmingham & a useful list of meteorological abbreviations, decoding information etc. maintained by Richard Adams:
4.15 FROSTED EARTH WEATHER SITE:
Various links and weather services/information etc., and details of books written by Ian Currie, the author of this web site. Of particular interest is the information relating to the magazine "Weather Eye" (see also here):
4.16 THERMODYNAMIC DIAGRAMS
This is a link to a section of this site with a description of the various diagrams used to represent atmospheric conditions in the vertical, plus links to sites that give guidance on how to interpret same. Also, via this link, you can find actual soundings plotted for use.
4.17 JACK HARRISON'S GLIDING AND WEATHER SITE
Information & interpretation of weather forecasts for use by glider pilots (primarily for the southern half of the UK); a set of links to weather information of a relatively specialised nature of particular use to aviators and a 'ready-source' for the non-technical person of weather forecasts, satellite pictures, etc. There is also a very useful section explaining more about upper air soundings, with sources etc. Jack is a regular contributor to the newsgroup, a recently retired airline pilot (and a '3-diamond' glider pilot) of great experience and with his evident deep knowledge reinforced by flying in 'real weather', his site is well worth a visit:
4.18 MET OFFICE WEB SITE
An increasing amount of information, both climatological & current-data, relating to the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. Some very interesting 'past-weather' events to read. Also, a lot of information on current research into NWP & climate change, education support services and of course general information regarding the UK's primary weather services provider:
A truly superb site that has been around for some time. A source of both current, very recent and climatological data as well as providing NWP output (based on the NCEP model). Also, useful summaries of both individual weather events, and monthly write-ups, the latter often by Philip Eden.
4.20 ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT
(That's how they spell Encyclopaedia!)
Provided by Manchester Metropolitan University, with support from the DETR, this site has a wealth of linked information relating to a whole host of atmospheric processes, and is pitched at levels to suit all in this newsgroup. Some of the topics covered are Acid Rain, the Atmosphere and its constituents, Climate change, Ozone amongst others.
A superb site for images of all sort - including many to do with meteorology. The photographs of cloud formations in particular are quite stunning: maintained by Ian Collins.
4.22 METEOGROUP (was, until 2006, PA WEATHERCENTRE)
A site that combines service on a strictly commercial basis with a wealth of information, data etc., that all will find of use: in particular, the provision of 15 minute 'real-time' radar imagery is a real 'boon' to the hobbyist, as is the availability of a decent on-line weather calculator. Also worthy of note is the 'news' section, including monthly weather summaries.
4.23 JOHN HOLMES: WEATHER STATION
John has many years experience of things meteorological - particularly from a practical point of view, so this site, containing local (Doncaster) data and links to other weather sites is well worth visiting / bookmarking.
4.24 MET ÉIREANN: IRISH METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE
Usual forecasts, climatology etc., that you would expect from a national weather service plus other information; a useful explanation of the SYNOP code for example:
4.25 METBRIEF (JON O'ROURKE)
If you are looking for a site that gathers together a whole swathe of useful charts, links etc., to get you up to speed, this is the one! Jon has his finger on the pulse of what is currently available to meteorological enthusiasts, and is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between the keen members of uk.sci.weather & the professionals:
4.26 WEATHER-UK.COM (PHILIP EDEN)
Daily observations and monthly summaries for three sites - the official climatological station at Hampstead, north London; together with stations at Luton (Bedfordshire / England); and at Milhaguet in southwest-central France. Historical data is slowly being added to the Hampstead and Luton pages. There is also a resource for editors seeking feature copy with a 'weather' content:
4.27 CLIMATE-UK.COM (PHILIP EDEN)
Day-by-day monitoring of temperature, rainfall and sunshine in the UK (particularly useful to keep a track of latest CET & EWP values), together with monthly sea-level pressure (and anomaly) charts, and graphs of monthly circulation indices for the British Isles extending back to 1873. Monthly reviews of the UK's weather in the style of the old DWR Monthly Summary.
"Not The Long-Range Forecast" provides a prospect for the next 30-days based on a subjective selection of analogues, and Philip tells me ... 'this was designed as a non-self-promoting antidote to the proliferation of over-hyped and under-explained long-range forecasts available on the internet.' See this site at:
EuroTempest is a collaborative effort involving the insurance industry & researchers expert in using NWP modelling to forecast extreme winds & resultant damage. The data are provided via web-graphical & text-based output in real-time. The academic 'lead' is based at University College, London (UCL). Via this site, output can be viewed on forecast wind fields, and by registering, you can receive alerts when 'high wind' events are forecast that might cause damage out to 5 days ahead.