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No-one is quite sure why this weather station – which the late Tim Channon featured several times here at the Talkshop – so often came top of UK temperature lists, apart from being close to London. But KentLive News offered this believe-it-or-not clue: ‘The soil at Broadness is also said to heat up rather quickly […]

I may be boring folks yet detail is what breaks to understanding. This is rather fun, things fit.    UK extremes   Parameter Location Value Highest maximum temperature Gravesend 14.1 °C Lowest maximum temperature Pennerley 5.7 °C Lowest minimum temperature South Newington -2.0 °C Highest rainfall Redesdale Camp 19.8 mm Sunniest Leconfield 6.0 hours Issued […]

History of Met Office Gravesend-Broadness site

Posted: November 4, 2014 by tchannon in History, Surfacestation

Image OpenStreetMap / Author New information has appeared so this is based on photographic evidence. The drawings are approximate and simple. Those who want to look and with access to Google Earth here is a ZIP of Google KMZ files (4kB). Invoke and will go to the image for the date given. Or 51.464261° 0.310574° […]

Last day of October 2014 (31/10/2014) was lovely and warm over much of eastern England, particularly the south east. Mostly weak sunshine and a slight southerly wind. The Gravesend site has in the past been the subject of questioning why it is so warm, estuary, not in town. There was a south wind too in […]

Gravesend 32.3C, why so hot?

Posted: July 19, 2014 by tchannon in weather

The Met office Gravesend weather station is a little notorious as runs hot in what is the hottest part of the UK where there is a lot of history over dubious temperature measurement. (some findings yet to be revealed) This Gravesend station is one of the few which regularly tops daily readings. I was prepared […]

WMO03784, Gravesend-Broadness

Posted: September 11, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

WMO03784, Gravesend-Broadness 51 27 52N 00 18 41E Altitude 3 metres Newcomers, there is history on the Talkshop with this site. I left this one to near the end hoping what to do would be obvious, it isn’t, I think I would throw my hands up in horror, I don’t know what to make of […]

An often appearing name in the BBC news as the hottest place in the country is Gravesend but the true location of the Met Office thermometer is a mystery. By chance I followed up today and discovered a new snippet of information. Note: this is not a formal international climatic station but the data is […]

What a lovely large enclosure and without paving. Let’s see what Microsoft and their providers have to show… I invite go and look, rotate the scene, perhaps change altitude to see different photo dates. Bing maps 51.287504, 0.448382

RHS Wisley

Posted: September 25, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

RHS Wisley (Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley, no WMO ID) BBC: Hottest July day ever in England (see text) 51.3107735694194,-0.4764187065843351 (Google) Altitude 37 metres (Google) Estimated Class 3 but arguably is Class 4. Fails Class 1 and 2 on “Ground covered with natural and low vegetation (<10 cm) representative of the region” within 10 metres and […]

WMO03797, Manston

Posted: September 4, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

WMO03797, Manston (Manston Airport) 51 20 47N 01 20 08E  (51.3463666867272,1.335387206040604) Altitude 54 metres Estimated Class 1, note, significant area is arable ploughed with tall crops which dependent on WMO interpretation degrade to Class 2. UHI, at Manston Airport, runways road including within 100 metres, palleted standby generator set 50 metres, distance, none. Near coastal.

WMO03037 Skye-Lusa

Posted: August 28, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

WMO03037 Skye-Lusa 57 15 25N 05 48 19W Estimated Class 1, road covers 5% of 100 metre radius, limit 10% Image above is poor, confirmed via street level.

WMO03796, Langdon Bay, Kent

Posted: August 27, 2012 by tchannon in Analysis, Surfacestation

WMO03796, Langdon Bay, Kent, which is on top of the cliff above the Dover ferry terminal, altitude 117 metres, suggesting lapse rate 1C colder than at sea level. This is the closest UK station to France. 51 08 01N 01 20 36E Exact location is not known [confirmed by planning application photo, see comments], co-ordinate […]

WMO03784

Posted: August 24, 2012 by tchannon in

WMO03784, Gravesend-Broadness Links https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/gravesend-broadness-mystery-of-the-hot-met-office-station/ https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/wmo03796-langdon-bay-kent/ Closure of  Gravesend-Broadness [October 2018 report] https://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/famous-weather-station-closed-191601/

Index Page, Surface Stations Project

Posted: August 24, 2012 by tchannon in

Index This is a computer generated temporary page, subject to change. Project main page “Surface Stations Survey” Surface Station Survey List follows of Meteorological Station ID and Name. Followed by list of Miscellaneous stations and information If an information page exists for the station there is a link to the page. Use Web Browser search […]