How we take observations

Observations are a critical part of what we do, as well as telling us what's happening at the current moment, they also play a vital role feeding into our computer models to ensure we produce the most accurate forecast possible.

Meteorological measurements are made in a variety of ways from many different locations over the United Kingdom and around the world. They meet a wide number of requirements which include:

  • Input to numerical models which provide forecasts for a few hours to a week or more ahead
  • Information on the present state of the weather required for a great many purposes
  • Information on the climate of the United Kingdom and the frequency of extreme weather events

The pages linked to below detail how and where we take our observations, alongside the equipment used.

Last updated: 9 November 2015

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