RMetS Regional Talk (Inverness): Cairngorm Automatic Weather Station - 40 years at the top.

MacPherson, B. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Description

Since 1977 an automatic weather station has been situated on the summit of Cairn Gorm (1245m) recording wind speed, direction and temperature. This location exposes the station to the extremes of the UK’s climates with sub-zero temperatures possible at any time of the year, and winter wind speeds frequently exceeding 100 mph. The station currently hold the record for the highest recorded wind speed gust in the UK, 176 mph observed at 11:48 on the 3rd Jan 1993.

This talk will look at the history of high-level meteorological stations and the design of the automatic weather station. This talk will also consider some of the approaches taken to disseminate the weather data from the pre-internet era to the present day.
Period6 Mar 2019
Held atRMetS: Royal Meteorological Society, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionRegional