Can you help the Met Office record the weather in Skegness?

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The weather has been observed in Skegness for over 130 years by the Met Office.

A Seagull takes in the view from the weather vane on top of Skegness Clock Tower. Credit: Graham Cummings.

And now is your chance to get involved and become a Voluntary Climate Observer.

The Met Office have been in contact with www.skegnesssiren.co.uk to try and recruit a dedicated individual to supply daily readings to be used by the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service.

It provides weather and climate-related services to the Armed Forces, government departments, the public, civil aviation, shipping, industry, agriculture and commerce.

Brian Porter – Skegness’ ‘weather man’ for 34 years

And after Brian Porter stepped down in his role after 34 years of weather observing, the Met Office are now looking to recruit a new Voluntary Observer.

Are you enthusiastic about the Weather and Climate Change?

The weather has been recorded in Skegness for over 130 years! Credit: Graham Cummings

Can you spare half an hour on any day of the week at 9am (GMT)? – (10am in the summer)?

A Sunny Clock Tower pictured by local photographer Grahmam Cummings – July 2017.

The Met Office are looking to recruit a volunteer in Skegness to take weather readings from their Weather Station in the town.

Skegness’ Weather Station is located outside the Suncastle pub/Restuarant Showbar and Children’s activity Centre, found on North Parade (PE25 2UB).

The Met Office operates a network of Voluntary Observing Sites, which contribute daily climatological readings.

This data is stored in the permanent archives and forms an important part of the climatological record for the UK.

And now, the Met Office need your help to keep this important historical record going.

The sun sets on Skegness Clock Tower. Credit: Graham Cummings.

Observers will need to take the readings then enter them onto the WOW website themselves:

The Met Office supply all the calibrated instruments and training.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said:

“We have data going back over 130 years in Skegness so it would be a real loss if we can’t find a replacement.”

Skegness Clock Tower (Black/White) image – Graham Cummings.

Click here for 50 curious weather sayings (and counting) and their origins from the Met Office

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, contact:

Gill Allbones – Regional Network Manager (Central England) at The Met Office.

E-mail: gillian.allbones@metoffice.gov.uk

 

Met Office Main Road Watnall Nottingham NG16 1HT United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)115 9759 634 (GPTN: 96236 7634) Mobile 07753 880631
Fax: +44(0)115 9459 983

The Met Office magazine: ‘Barometer’ is now available online here.