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Observer's Handbook

The Observer's Handbook was based largely on guidance provided by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In particular, much use has been made of the WMO Guide to Meteorological Instrument and Observing Practices, 1971, and the WMO International Cloud Atlas, Volume I, 1975. It was aimed at five categories of observing stations: synoptic, auxiliary reporting stations, climatological stations (manned by voluntary co-operating obser­vers), health resort stations and agricultural meteorological (agrometeorological) stations. The 4th edition was the last to be published in 1982 and was reprinted in 2000.

 Observer's Handbook (Met.O.1028) 4th Edition, reprinted 2000 
Sections Chapter Title
Contents Contents & Intro Table of Contents & Introduction (PDF, 315 kB)
Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Observational Routine. (PDF, 927 kB)
Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Clouds. (PDF, 4 MB)
Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Visibility. (PDF, 857 kB)
Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Weather. (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 5 Chapter 5 Wind. (PDF, 989 kB)
Chapter 6 Chapter 6 State of ground and concrete slab. (PDF, 127 kB)
Chapter 7 Chapter 7 Atmospheric pressure. (PDF, 2 MB)
Chapter 8 Chapter 8 Temperature and humidity. (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 9 Chapter 9 Precipitation. (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 10 Chapter 10 Sunshine. (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 11 Chapter 11 Special phenomena. (PDF, 1 MB)
Appendix 1 Appendix 1 Requirements at observing stations. (PDF, 1 MB)
Appendix 2 Appendix 2 Recording of observations for climatological purposes at observing stations. (PDF, 257 kB)
Appendix 3 Appendix 3 Tables. (PDF, 348 kB)
Bib and Index Bibliography & index. (PDF, 332 kB)

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Last Updated: 4 April 2014