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Ascension : The Met Office Weather Report
Submitted by The Islander (Met Office) 04.08.2011 (Article Archived on 18.08.2011)

Ascension - Dry and sunny on Monday and Tuesday. It turned increasingly cloudy, with isolated showers through the rest of the week.

 

Statistics for the week ending Monday 1-Aug-11

 

 

Max (Celsius)

Min (Celsius)

Rainfall (mm)

AIRHEAD

28.5

21.2

8.8

TRAVELLERS

27.6

20.5

24.8

RESIDENCY

25.1

17.5

17.5

ST. HELENA

19.0

17.2

16.6

FALKLANDS

4.2

-7.5

4.4

UK (Brize Norton)

24.1

10.7

Trace

Past week’s Weather

UK

A generally dry week, although rather cloudy at times with more in the way of sunny spells from around mid week. Some patchy rain pushed into western areas at times. It turned cool overnight in clear spells, with overnight fog patches in southeastern areas later in the week.

Falklands

Mist and fog persisted through much of Monday, clearing through the evening. It was cloudy with a few light rain showers on Tuesday, with temperatures becoming colder into Wednesday. Largely sub-zero temperatures, accompanied by occasional snow showers and bitter winds from Thursday. On Sunday night cloud and rain spread from the west, bringing less cold conditions and some light rain.

Ascension

Dry and sunny on Monday and Tuesday. It turned increasingly cloudy, with isolated showers through the rest of the week. Showers became more frequent, with some low cloud on Friday night and Saturday.

St. Helena

Variable amounts of cloud with occasional showers throughout the week. Southeasterly winds were strong at times.

Happy 150th Anniversary to the Public Weather Forecast.

Monday 1st August was the 150th Anniversary of the first public weather forecast published in The Times newspaper. Pioneering Meteorologist Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who captained HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s famous voyage, set up the Met Office in 1854. He began publishing his forecasts in the daily press in 1861. Whilst his work was applauded abroad, in Britain he suffered criticism whenever he got the forecast wrong and became the butt of jokes. Despite the far greater accuracy of today’s public weather forecasts, some things never change!

 

The first radio weather bulletin was broadcast by the BBC in 1922 and this became a daily service in 1923. Weather forecasts have been broadcast on the radio almost every day since, with the first shipping forecast first broadcast in 1925. In 1936 a weather map, hand drawn in wax crayon, was shown on television with a caption. This was a world first, however all public weather bulletins were suspended during World War II in case they gave the enemy an advantage. Television forecasts were reinstated in 1949 and in 1954 George Cowling presented the first live weather forecast on the BBC, using a pencil and rubber to show the weather for the next day.

 

Compiled by: Parhelia Sunbeam

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