Examples of what we hold in our archive collection.
The original Beaufort Scale.
Weather reports for the UK, every day from 1 January 1869 to the present.
Weather reports from around the world.
The great early writings on meteorology from such pioneers as Aristotle to Robert Boyle, Francis Bacon and Luke Howard, in our collection of historical meteorological literature maintained in co-operation with the Royal Meteorological Society.
Marine weather logbooks - worldwide records from merchant and Royal Navy ships, including those from historic voyages such as of the HMS Prince of Wales when she attacked the Bismarck in WW2.
Registers of meteorological observations and autographic records for approximately 1,000 sites - dating back to the mid-19th century. These cover temperature, wind, rainfall, solar radiation, snow and sunshine.
Upper-air data from radiosonde and pilot-balloon ascents.
A number of the earliest weather diaries dating back to the late 18th century (our earliest diary is from Rye (Sussex) for 1730-33).
Last updated: 23 March 2011