WMO03874, Solent

Posted: September 26, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

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Bing maps this view

WMO03874, Solent (Lee-on-Solent, coastguard station / hovercraft museum), also known as Solent MRSC

50 48 29N 01 12 39W
Altitude 9 metres.

Estimated Class 5, deep shadow from building.

UHI, strong local including 2 story building shielding north through south-east, distance, variable depends on wind, otherwise coastal.

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Note shadow even though the sun is far from low on the horizon.

Google Street view is available.

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What exactly is that? Has some joker been trying a Stevenson and fries?

No shadow? Still at best Class 4.

Met Office, wonder if they ever mention this one?
Excluding wind, it is windy.

I hope now that 150+ stations have been mentioned many of the names in these reports will make more sense.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2011/june.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2011/april.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2010/march.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2010/october.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2009/may.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2009/june.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2009/october.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2007/september.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2007/april.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2007/may.html
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/2007/march.html

Today?
“24 hours ending 2200 on 24 Sep 2012:
London & South East England Highest max 0900-2100 16.5 °C Solent”

To be fair Solent broke it’s low record but it doesn’t go back for long.
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2010/widespread-ice

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The old Solent site location from easting and northing, will be approximate. This was on the airfield with very different site exposure, not close to two story building acting as shelter from north or east winds and a sunshade.

No a problem provided the datasets are never joined. Same WMO number, no suffix seen.

“SITE INFORMATION OLD SITE WAS AT GRID REF 4557E 1016N ELEVATION 10M UNTIL 1989”

And also this banal note

“06-11-2001 Current HISTORICAL NOTES STATION AMALGAMATED WITH LEE-ON-SOLENT 2001”

Care is needed over Tangmere (RAF Tangmere, 35km east) which had the same WMO number

“IDENTIFIERS Previous use of 03874 for TANGMERE 1944-1963 stored as 03874Z (SRC_ID 783)”
Tangmere states
“03874 used for SOLENT MRSC from 1986 (SRC_ID 858)”

But Solent came from Lee-on-Solent or some other.

Station is listed as data starting 1973, not this location.

Some general interest mentioning Solent is
“SOME COMMENTS ON THE UK NATIONAL DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES DURING 1999” Dan Suri’s web site, apparently works for the Met Office.


Great deal of history hereabouts, Solent area is one of the most intense historic technological locations in the world.

One final point to make things fun the Met Office seem to have dragged up a new thermometer at Port Solent. Typical Brits, this is not on the Solent. I have no idea where the met site is located at Port Solent, a marina etc. on reclaimed land next inlet east.

Comments
  1. tallbloke says:

    Interesting neighbours. I wonder if they ever fire up those hovercraft engines to keep them in good condition. I’m not sure, but I think they might be British Hovercraft Corporation AP1-88/400’s

    Type 400

    Designer / Manufacturer: Westland Aerospace
    Crew 4
    Dimensions
    Length 28.5 metres
    Width 12 metres
    Height (on cushion)12 meters
    full load displacement 69 tons
    Propulsion
    Motor: diesel engines
    Power: 4 Caterpillar Inc. 3412 TTA diesel engines 912 horsepower for lift and propulsion
    Propellers: 2 three bladed variable pitch propeller
    Performance
    Speed 50 knots

    A 3648 horsepower leafblower crossing the street 50 yards from your house threatens your plastic patio chairs I should think. Hope they bolted down the Stevenson Screen well.

  2. caz says:

    The old site was next to the control tower at HMS Daedalus (RNAS Lee on solent) which sadly is now closed, I think the Navy finally pulled out in 96 but there is still flying from there inc the coastguard. You can see it quite clearly in this bing link.

    http://binged.it/QUfvUb

  3. tchannon says:

    Not sure Caz, been looking at this site off and on for months. There is just so much of interest around there, including a lot of family history which would add things not on the record, that chasing up a wonky met history seems less important.

    I’m sure there is more to unearth.

  4. caz says:

    The Stevenson screen is just visible on the far right of the control tower photograoh.

    http://en-gb.facebook.com/notes/royal-naval-air-traffic-control/atc-history-rnas-lee-on-solent/148254681860485

    You can just about make out the path leading to the screen in the above photo in this Bing image. There seems to be an aeriai where the screen was now.

    http://binged.it/QUtLMo

    The photo below is a bit blurred but the relevant bits are there.

    Launching a weather balloon

    http://cloudobservers.co.uk/memories/ashore/lee-on-solent/

    It’s a long time since I was last at Daedalus and at that time I was not the slightest bit interested in weather stations. But I can not recall a coastguard station there, only Navy search and rescue (SAR).

    From the seventies though, I do have memories of a traffic control tower that supervised hovercraft movement across the road and down the Solent slipway where the present Coastguard station is located. I think at that time the Coastguard lookout was further East at Browndown at that time but that was also a restricted place.

  5. tchannon says:

    You’ve found some nice material.

    Shame it’s highly unlikely both sets of data becomes available.

  6. caz says:

    I’m wrong about the observation tower at Browndown Battery being a coastguard lookout. Seems it was put up as a lookout post for when they used to carry out military hovercraft training down there.

  7. tchannon says:

    Wouldn’t worry too much about Solent even though recent hottest in the UK went something like this

    Solent
    Gravesend-Broadness
    Heathrow
    St James’s Park
    Dyce (Aberdeen)

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