Weather Data Links

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This page gives links to historical weather data.

AUSTRALIA

RAW weather data for many meteorological stations are available from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website:

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/data/

Note to self (and others): When searching for early data don’t forget to tick the “closed” (station) button.

I copy the text from these webpages and paste it into text files, with some manual format changes to render the text files readable by computer software packages such as MATLAB.

Synoptic charts for Australia are available from the BoM back to 1999 at this link:

http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/archive/

NEW ZEALAND

Raw data: TBD

Station histories (metadata) are available from the following link, for the example of Hokitika (agent number 3907), edit the agent number at the end to get other station histories:

https://cliflo-niwa.niwa.co.nz/pls/niwp/wstn.sensor_his?cagent=3907

The following extract from the history of Waiotapu Forest (agent 1797) shows how useful this information can be in selecting suitable segments of data for climate reconstruction:

03-Aug-1974 Instruments moved 2.9 km to N to new forest headquarters. New site had more open exposure. Old site had been in clearing in forest which had become more sheltered over time

UK

HadCET (Central England Temperatures) data can be downloaded as text files from here:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/data/download.html

Archives of synoptic charts centred on the UK (but covering most of the Atlantic and Europe) are available from:

http://old.wetterzentrale.de/topkarten/tkfaxbraar.htm (UK Met Office synoptic charts back to 27/1/1998)

http://old.wetterzentrale.de/topkarten/fsreaeur.html (NCEP reanalysis synoptic and temperature charts back to 1/1/1871)

and:

http://www.willandweather.org.uk/mycharts.php

Some weather stations archive their own data online, I have found the following sites useful:

https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/research/dtg/weather/index-daily-text.html (Cambridge half-hourly weather data archive)

http://weather.elec.york.ac.uk/archive.html (York daily weather data archive)

http://www.iceni.org.uk/index/dwolinks.htm (Royston daily weather data archive)

http://www.weatherfamily.org/bracknell/wxarchive.html (Bracknell daily weather archive)

http://www.martynhicks.uk/weather/data.php?page=months (Bristol daily weather archive)

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