British Rainfall was a publication giving monthly and annual totals of rainfall for the United Kingdom
G.J. Symons first produced a four-page pamphlet English Rainfall, 1860 with information for over 150 stations. He next produced the first volume of British Rainfall to cover both 1860 and 1861, the series was initially known as Symons's/Symons British Rainfall from 1860 - 1899 and was then continued as British Rainfall until 1968.
It was produced by the British Rainfall Organization - an independent body managed first by George Symons and then in succession by Herbert Sowerby Wallis and Dr Hugh Robert Mill who instituted a broad of trustees.
In 1919, the operational function of the British Rainfall Organization became a branch of the Meteorological Office. From 1961, monthly information from all stations was included for the first time. From 1969 - 1991 rainfall information was published in Monthly and annual totals of rainfall.
A full account of the British Rainfall Organization and British Rainfall appeared in the special edition of the Royal Meteorological Society's journal Weather in May 2010.
Symons's British Rainfall
The complete Symon's British Rainfall collection is available from our Digital Library and Archive.
The complete Symon's British Rainfall collection (1900 - 1968) is available from our Digital Library and Archive.
Monthly and annual totals of rainfall
The complete Monthly and Annual totals of rainfall (1969 - 1991) are available from our Digital Library and Archive.
All information originating from the Met Office is subject to Crown Copyright and is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence