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Millions of digitized historical sea-level pressure observations rediscovered

Hawkins, E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9477-3677, Alexander, L. V. and Allan, R. J. (2022) Millions of digitized historical sea-level pressure observations rediscovered. Geoscience Data Journal. ISSN 2049-6060

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Abstract/Summary

Millions of sub-daily sea-level pressure observations taken between 1919-1960 over the British and Irish Isles were transcribed from paper records in the early 2000s but were not published and subsequently forgotten. A chance discussion led to the rediscovery of the transcribed data and 5.47 million observations from 160 locations are now made available, although the data have not been fully quality-controlled. Much of the data are 3-hourly, allowing for detailed examinations of synoptic weather variations for this region and time period, and will be invaluable for constraining future reanalyses. We illustrate the value of the data using a stormy period during October and November 1928 and discuss the remaining quality-control issues.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > NCAS
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:105061
Publisher:Royal Meteorological Society

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