Met Office SYNOP station: Aviemore 03063

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Met Office SYNOP station: Aviemore 03063

Postby Eddy Graham » 2015 Apr 10, 20:33

Hi Everyone

I thought I'd try and start a new thread - by posting photographs of site visits to various met stations around the country, with a view to help everyone better understand and appreciate the local environments surrounding each station. Perhaps there is a website of similar somewhere else? (if so please advise, if not please contribute your own photographs of other site visits!)

Aviemore SYNOP station lies in the narrow fairly flat-bottomed Spey valley at an altitude of 228m, with surrounding peaks around 700-1200m in height. The met station itself is not located on the valley floor, but on a narrow embankment/slope some 10m or so above the valley floor (close to the busy A9 roadway, the main thoroughfare through the Highlands), with a noticeable easterly/south-easterly aspect. It is surrounded by a mixture of pastoral land (in minority, mostly on valley floor) and mixed woodland (dominant in most places and on the mountain slopes).

This 1st photo shows the met enclosure on the slope, and the roadway (out of sight) is just below the crest of the embankment in the distance. looking northwest.
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This next photo shows the met enclosure from the other direction, looking east/north-east.
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This final photo (looking west) shows the 10-m wind tower fairly well compromised by the growth of nearby birch trees (I'm not sure what, if anything, can be done by the Met Office as the trees lie on neighbouring land). A decrease in Aviemore windspeeds over recent years has been noted by some observers.
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Photos all taken on 28 March 2015.

Eddie Graham
p.s. I doubt very much that the Google Earth/Streetview car is allowed to drive near to this met enclosure!
Eddie Graham
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Re: Met Office SYNOP station: Aviemore 03063

Postby Niall Dollard » 2015 Apr 13, 21:07

Eddy Graham wrote:Hi Everyone

I thought I'd try and start a new thread - by posting photographs of site visits to various met stations around the country, with a view to help everyone better understand and appreciate the local environments surrounding each station. Perhaps there is a website of similar somewhere else? (if so please advise, if not please contribute your own photographs of other site visits!)
!


Hello Eddy,

I came across this website before which has a wealth of work on "surface stations". I don't think I would agree with some of the contributors' harsh criticisms of some of the sites - nevertheless it is a good body of work.

https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/index-p ... s-project/

Philip Gladstone also has links to many sites (Both synop and private weather stations that have signed up with CWOP). It is pretty easy to search for the station, provided you know the number of the synop station or CWOP station number. You can just add that number to the end up the URL. eg here is the link page for the aforementioned Aviemore 03063 :

http://weather.gladstonefamily.net/site/03063
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Re: Met Office SYNOP station: Aviemore 03063

Postby Eddy Graham » 2015 Apr 17, 21:40

Many thanks for this information Niall - I thought maybe such resources existed somewhere else, so thanks for sharing the links.

However, I think I'll still keep up this thread - and therefore encourage all COL forum subscribers to post photographs of met stations that they visit in due course, as it is often the very local, very incidental, and very unique facets of each met station which help us to gain a special understanding of local climate and make it so fascinating to observe/study. I'm sure every COL member knows what I mean.

Just for example, today (17 April), I see Dublin Airport dropped to -1.6degC overnight, the lowest in the British Isles outside Highland Scotland. Now I know one or two very special tidbits of information about Dublin Airport, and how the met site used to be beside the short-stay car park up to ~1992, before being moved to a much more rural location!

So I'll maybe post some pics of Stornoway Met Office station soon, plus some others too, and I encourage everyone to do likewise if they can.

best wishes to all the family Niall!
Eddie
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Stornoway, Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Outer Hebrides), Scotland.

Stornoway town COL station, 20 AMSL, local records back to 1873.
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Re: Met Office SYNOP station: Aviemore 03063

Postby Niall Dollard » 2015 Apr 18, 18:33

For stations located in the four provinces of Ireland, there are details on quite a few stations now up on the Irish Weather Network at this link:

http://www.irelandsweather.com/forum/in ... board=67.0

It would be a big project to gather together details/images on all the stations in Ireland and Britain under one forum.
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