National Meteorological Archive Hidden Treasures
The National Meteorological Archive houses the national memory of the weather. Our collections include books, diaries, records, charts and other materials relating to meteorology, climatology and weather forecasting. These encompass official Met Office records, which date from 1854 onwards, older records and publications which illustrate the development of the science of meteorology, and the archive of the Royal Meteorological Society. The aim of the archive is not only to preserve these original records but also to provide much greater access to and visibility of our unique collections.
These pages will introduce you to some of our greatest hidden treasures.
- Rare Books - texts by many of the most outstanding scientists and meteorologists of their times
- Daily Weather Reports - a brief history of FitzRoy and the daily weather reports
- The Royal Charter Gale - an account of the Royal Charter Gale and its consequences for weather forecasting
- The Beaufort Scale - extracts from the private weather diaries of Sir Francis Beaufort, including the Beaufort Scale and Battle of Trafalgar
- D-Day and Operation Overlord - a selection of synoptic charts and archive records related to the historic D-Day landings
- The Terra Nova expedition of 1911 - 1912 - a brief account of Robert Falcon Scott's scientific and ultimately tragic expedition to Antarctica
- Private Weather Diaries - an introduction to Private Weather Diaries
- First day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916 - synoptic charts and observational data for the first day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916
- The Met Office in WW1 - Ernest Gold and the First Operational Military Forecast 24 October 1916
- Weather Lore - a brief guide to weather lore
- The Met Office at the end of the First World War - an account of the Met Office at the end of the first World War and how life for its staff continued largely unchanged (NEW)
We also hold a great many published and unpublished series of data relating to various meteorological elements. Some of our most popular series have been scanned and are available here.
- Monthly Weather Report - general summaries taken from the Monthly Weather Report, a monthly meteorological publication which started in January 1884 and ended in December 1993
- British Rainfall - a long running series giving monthly and annual totals of rainfall for the United Kingdom which started in 1860 and ended in 1991
- Daily Weather Report - published since September 1860, the series has currently been scanned from 1869 to 1980. They are still produced today as the Daily Weather Summary.
- Snow Survey of Great Britain - annual reports of snow information for the winters of 1953/1954 to 1991/1992
All of these and other digitised material can be found from our Digital Library & Archive
You can search the online catalogue for details of our holdings and link directly to any electronic content that is currently available.