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  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres
  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres

#1 Pershore

Type 52.15N and 2.033W into bing.com/maps.

(Then find it in Google maps to compare photo quality, land use and to use the distance measurement tool).

pershore.jpg

Distance to funny thing towards the right: 60-70 meters.

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  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon
  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon

Oh no :clap: we're not going to see another 'debate' blathering on about tarmac AGAIN are we? These climate debates, if it's not McIntyre it's Watts and if it's not Watts it tarmac and if it's not tarmac it's Hansen or bloomin hockey sticks.

Stroll on, I guess it will be 'air cons' next :pardon: or even (LOL) aircraft exhausts. Go on, surprise me :)

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  • Location: Worthing West Sussex
  • Location: Worthing West Sussex

Oh no :clap: we're not going to see another 'debate' blathering on about tarmac AGAIN are we? These climate debates, if it's not McIntyre it's Watts and if it's not Watts it tarmac and if it's not tarmac it's Hansen or bloomin hockey sticks.

Stroll on, I guess it will be 'air cons' next :pardon: or even (LOL) aircraft exhausts. Go on, surprise me :)

Remember Whitewash versus Dulux Brilliant White, Dev. And the commercial Stevenson Screens you can buy that are made of White coated steel (that somehow gave record high temperatures during summer heatwaves in 2003).

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  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion
  • Location: Evesham, Worcs, Albion

Pershore is on a disused airfield. It consistently records lower minima than the surrounding area. But the google earth image shows it's clearly much better than standard exposure - with the 'funny thing' at least 200ft away. And the nearest tarmac to the Cottesmore station is also nearly 200ft away.

So that's 2 stations we have no reason to question with regards location :)

Mind, the fact someone sometimes parks a caravan in a field just 50 feet from Colehill station clearly means ....... er, b*gger all!

Of course, if you want to find a weather station that is not accepted standard exposure, there's always Clerkenwell :)

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  • Location: Bethnal Green
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and Cold
  • Location: Bethnal Green

This is Durham weather station located at Durham University Observatory. It's an automated station for the Met Office and is about a 5 min walk from my house. I think it's pretty well sited. The stevenson screen of the White rectangle on the lawn; I think rainfall is recorded too.

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http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=54.767938,-1.585926&spn=0.001382,0.004128&t=h&z=19

And there are some photos here that I took of it in January:

http://www.panoramio.com/user/2731147

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  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL
  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL

Was holidaying up north a few weeks ago - and happened to stumble across Altnaharra's AWS. It's located at the very northern end of the tiny hamlet/village and a few metres to the west of the "main" road:

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  • Location: Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire
  • Location: Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire

There's one at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucs. GL8 8QS. (I don't know how to get a picture of it!)

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

Oh no :) we're not going to see another 'debate' blathering on about tarmac AGAIN are we? These climate debates, if it's not McIntyre it's Watts and if it's not Watts it tarmac and if it's not tarmac it's Hansen or bloomin hockey sticks.

Stroll on, I guess it will be 'air cons' next :pardon: or even (LOL) aircraft exhausts. Go on, surprise me :)

I know! Quite why summer 2003 should have produced so many high temperatures (here, of course, presumed to mean 'erroneous') has eluded me, for the moment, Dev??? :)

Oh yeah, I remember now! It was due to high incidence of UFO activity around Gravesend...Does the blogosphere contain any 'info' on any similar goings-on in 1976? :)

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  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres
  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres

There's one at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucs. GL8 8QS. (I don't know how to get a picture of it!)

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This it?

I've found all I can in the CET zone via the coordinates on the BBC.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/355 (between 320 - 360). Some of them, like Bedford and Malvern I couldn't find from the air.

I'll need another source of locations to go further.

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

There is some controversy around that 38.5C at Faversham in Kent on 10 August 2003, but there is absolutely no case for arguing with the notion that it set a new record temperature. For instance 38.1C at Kew and 37.9C at Heathrow.

Let's be brutally honest here, you can get into all kinds of nitpicking over station exposure but there has to be a line drawn somewhere otherwise there would be no such thing as a "good exposure". All of the sites shown above strike me as fitting the Met Office's criteria for exposure, and their standards are strict enough IMHO.

In addition over-exposure was more of a problem in the early years than in recent years, so any error in global temperature measurements is more likely to be "cooling-side" rather than "warming-side".

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  • Location: Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire
  • Location: Coalpit Heath, South Gloucestershire

westonbirt.jpg

This it?

No. The station is on a large grassy area to the side of the arboretum car park. It has the car park to one side, some beautiful Cotswold cottages on another and trees (!) on the other two sides.

I might try Google Earth and see if I can find it. Won't be able to post a picture though. :):)

http://www.multimap.com/maps/#map=51.60683,-2.22137|20|32&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:51.509:-0.1261:8||United%20Kingdom

I don't know if this has worked or not! But, if it has, may I point out that that is not really a road to the top right.....it's just for Forestry Commission vehicles.

Gosh, it sort of worked! Also, if you pan out until you can see the A433 Bath Road, then go a teeny-weeny bit to the north-east, you will come to Doughton. Doughton is where Highgrove is, Prince Charles' place. Just in case anyone wants to have a nose around, like I did!

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  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres
  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres

Here's the resource we need!

http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Weather/Cranfield/EGTC.htm

Lat and Lon (N and W in bing maps) for each weather station. Not 100% accurate though. Just been looking for Cranfield. Bird's eye view, can't find it anywhere.

Found this below at the edge of the university well away from the airfield. Might not be the same one. Might not even be a weather station.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

Just so i'm clear AFT, as i'm perhaps not reading this right, but the purpose of the thread/research?

me too

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  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres
  • Location: South Woodham Ferrers, height 15 metres

Is this a weather station?

cambridge.jpg

Cambridge Airport.

Edit: the purpose of this thread is to locate UK weather stations. We refer to these stations in statistics everyday, so let's have a look at them. I'm already amazed at some of the variety... these days much more than a stevenson screen, that is, if these are in fact weather stations.

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

Just so i'm clear AFT, as i'm perhaps not reading this right, but the purpose of the thread/research?

me too

And me?

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