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Wood, C. R. and Harrison, R. G. (2011) Scorch marks from the sky. Weather, 66 (2). pp. 39-41. ISSN 0043-1656

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1002/wea.657


Daily sunshine duration is commonly reported at weather stations. Beyond the basic duration report, more information is available from scorched cards of Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorders, such as the estimation of direct-beam solar irradiance. Sunshine cards therefore potentially provide information on sky state, as inferred from solar-radiation data. Some sites have been operational since the late 19th century, hence sunshine cards potentially provide underexploited historical data on sky state. Sunshine cards provide an example of an archive source yielding data beyond the measurements originally sought.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Walker Institute for Climate System Research
ID Code:18649
Uncontrolled Keywords:proxy methods, cloud data, Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder, solar irradiance

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