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The Weather Observer's Handbook

Handbook / Manual

By: Stephen Burt

300 pages, 128 b/w illustrations, 2 maps, 50 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2012 | #197420 | ISBN-13: 9781107662285
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Hardback | Aug 2012 | #197419 | ISBN-13: 9781107026810
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About this book

The Weather Observer's Handbook provides a comprehensive, practical and independent guide to all aspects of making weather observations. Automatic weather stations today form the mainstay of both amateur and professional weather observing networks around the world and yet--prior to this book--there existed no independent guide to their selection and use. Traditional and modern weather instruments are covered, including how best to choose and to site a weather station, how to get the best out of your equipment, how to store and analyse your records and how to share your observations with other people and across the Internet. From amateur observers looking for help in choosing their first weather instruments on a tight budget to professional observers looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide covering World Meteorological Organization recommendations on observing methods and practices, all will welcome this handbook.


Part I. The Basics
1. Why measure the weather? A history of meteorological observations
2. Choosing a weather station
3. Buying a weather station: site and exposure - the basics

Part II. Measuring the Weather
4. Measuring the temperature of the air
5. Measuring precipitation
6. Measuring atmospheric pressure
7. Measuring humidity
8. Measuring wind speed and direction
9. Measuring grass and earth temperature
10. Measuring sunshine and solar radiation
11. Observing hours and time standards
12. Dataloggers and AWS software
13. Non-instrumental weather observing
14. Calibration
15. Metadata - what is it, and why is it important?

Part III. Making the Most of your Observations
16. Collecting and storing data
17. Making sense of the data avalanche
18. Sharing your observations
19. Summary and getting started

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Stephen Burt has a professional background in physics, meteorology and climatology, information technology and marketing. He is a Fellow of the UK's Royal Meteorological Society and is also a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the Irish Meteorological Society. He has run his own meteorological observatory for over 40 years. After almost 10 years with the UK Met Office he took up a business career within the computer industry, successfully managing international marketing roles for several of the world's largest high-technology firms, including Digital Equipment Corporation, Tektronix, Xerox and Dell. During this time he was also elected to the UK's Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is a regular contributor to the Royal Meteorological Society's monthly magazine Weather, to the Climatological Observer's Link (COL) organisation and the Cloud Appreciation Society, with over one hundred published papers or articles and several hundred published photographs to date. He is also a committee member of the Royal Meteorological Society's Special Interest Group on Weather Observing Systems, a recent member of the Royal Meteorological Society's Council governing body and Chairman of the Royal Meteorological Society's South-east Centre. He was awarded the Society's Gordon Manley Prize in 2006. He is also a Trustee of the Chilterns Observatory Trust.

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