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Met Office SYNOP station: Mount Batten 03827

PostPosted: 2015 Apr 13, 14:38
by Len Wood
Following on from Eddy's post concerning SYNOP stations, I attach three photos of Mount Batten.
The station is at 50 m amsl overlooking Plymouth Sound.

There is a record going back to 1921 at Mount Batten.
It used to be an RAF station and base for flying boats.
It is not an airfield site, so perhaps not of 'standard' exposure.
The Mount Batten met station site has changed location slightly over the years. It started near the end of the peninsula in 1921, then moved in WW2 up to a site just below what is St Luke’s Hospice now.
RAF Mount Batten closed in 1992, and now met observations are taken by the AWS in a fenced enclosure a few metres higher up near Fort Stamford.

Looking west over Plymouth Sound towards Cornwall:
Mount Batten west1.jpg
Looking west over Plymouth Sound towards Cornwall
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Looking north over Plymouth:
Mount Batten north2.jpg
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Looking east:
Mount Batten east3.jpg
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The site is somewhat sheltered to the east, but well-exposed to the prevailing winds from the west.