Archived weather data
The full data set back to November 2005, with readings every 10 minutes, is archived on-line at Weather Underground. When using these data please note the following caveats:
- The weather station is in a mature garden with large trees nearby and the wind instruments are only at a height of three meters rather than the standard 10 meters. As a result windspeeds will be lower than reported by official weather stations, and the precise wind directions may be impeded slightly by the trees.
- Occasionally there have been weather instrument failures, which mean that the online data during those periods may not be accurate. For wind data it means that no wind was recorded and the online data will show 0 windspeed and the same direction during the failure period. For rain it means either that some rain may not have been recorded or, more commonly, that several hours of rain might suddenly appear within a single 10 minute period.
The months affected are:
- Feb-Mar 2007
- Mar 2008
- May 2009
- 12-26 Feb 2014 -wind vane broken so wind direction not recorded & station lower than usual, so speed lower.
- Oct 2006
- Oct 2007
- Jan 2008
- Jan 2009
- Dec 2009
- Jun 2011
- Jan 2012
- July 2012
- Up until 1 August 2012 (07:00am BST) the weather station in use was a Oregon Scientific WMR 928; now a Davis Vantage Vue is being used. The two stations were run together for a while to compare their results, and there are slight differences (with the Davis station probably being more accurate). When compared to the old OS station, the Davis station had:
- average daily temperature about 0.5ºC lower and high temperature about 0.5° higher (the old temperature sensor was in a more sheltered place, thus less accurate)
- average daily wind speed about 0.12 mph lower and high wind speed about 2.4 mph higher (the old anemometer doesn't seem to spin as easily and smoothly as the new one).
- same dominant wind direction to the nearest 8-point compass direction
- daily rainfall about 10% lower. Note that the readings from the Davis station are closer to those from a manual rain gauge than were the OS station readings.
Note: to download the data go to Weather Underground and use the tabs and date specification boxes to get the required data in the table at the bottom, then click the "Comma Delimited File" link below the table.