Interested in sharing your weather observations?
The Weather Observations Website (WOW) was launched in June 2011 by the Met Office Public Weather Service, with support from the Royal Meteorological Society and the Department for Education, for weather observers across the UK - which could include weather reports from you.
The purpose of the website is to provide a platform for the sharing of current weather observations from all around the globe, regardless of where they come from, what level of detail or the frequency of reports.
Using WOW, we are giving all of you the chance to send us local observations of weather in your area. These observations can be ones you have recorded on specially-designed digital, scientific or wireless weather stations or just by looking out of the window or sending in a photo.
It is hoped that the website will encourage further growth in the UK's weather enthusiast observing community and help educate children about the weather and that this will become the UK's largest source of weather observations.
How do I get involved?
There are a number of ways you can get involved in providing weather observations through WOW including some of the following:
Become a Voluntary Climate Observer
The Met Office operates a network of Voluntary Observers, who contribute daily climatological readings. The data reported by our Voluntary Observers is uploaded via WOW. During the month these records go through quality checking before being stored in the permanent archive and forming an important part of the climatological record for the UK.
Report severe weather
The Met Office has an interest in knowing where the weather is having a significant impact on people, infrastructure, transport and other activities.
For some time you have been able to provide us with reports of weather impacts through our Weather Observations Website. Now you are able to supply these impact reports from your mobile devices by using the new 'Report severe weather' function.
Wow Schools is currently only a pilot project being run with 10 schools across the country to help inspire and educate a new generation of scientists. The ten schools have been provided with an automatic weather station and education resources for the classroom.