Wolstanton Weather Database




Wolstanton weather station is located in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire, UK. It is one of over a hundred in the British Isles that belong to the Climatological Observers Link (COL), an association of mostly amateur meteorologists and weather observers, but with a substantial number of professionals also involved. The Wolstanton site has been operating from October 1980, but has additional records running from January 1977 which were extrapolated from nearby sites in Burslem and Keele University. It is one of the longest running amateur sites in the UK and its digital records are freely available from this website. Older data in paper records and incompatible digital format are gradually being added to the database.

While the site shows the current weather at Wolstanton, its main purpose is to provide access to a wide range of past records.

Current Weather

The data below is from the automatic weather station, installed alongside the conventional intruments. Do note, however, that it has only been running from March 29th 2018. The seasonal rainfall total shown is actually the annual total for this year, so far.

On sunny days with light winds day time temperature reported by the automatic weather station (AWS) tend to be up to a degree higher than those in the Stevenson's Screen. Similarly, night time and early morning temperatures on clear nights are also tend to be reported by the AWS to be somewhat higher than they are in the screen. Rainfall is generally underestimated by the AWS.

Click here to open a browser tab providing greater detail of recent conditions.

Click here to open a browser tab providing full details of current and recent conditions.

Past Weather - Climatic Records

The following resources are available from the website:

  • Daily weather records for the Wolstanton Weather Station for the period January 1977 to March 1981, and a continuous record from January 1999 to the present day
  • Summary monthly data for the period January 1977 to the present day
  • Summary annual data for the period January 1977 to the present day
  • Extensive facilities for searching the database for specified days, periods or weather variables, etc.
  • A gallery of cloud photographs with accompanying explanations

Further data is added on a regular basis:

  • Current data is added as it is recorded
  • Archive data is entered into the database from old records. The records for 1981 are being gradually loaded at the moment. Given time, the whole series of daily records from 1977 to the present day should become available.

You can access past records for the site using the Downloads and Search links in the menu.

Weather Watchers

BBC - Royal Meteorological Society Initiative

The BBC together with the Royal Met Soc have developed a crowd-sourcing system to enable interested members of the public to submit weather data and photographs, which may be used on the TV or local radio.

There is a resource pack for anyone interested in setting up their own weather station and sending data to the BBC.

You can download it here.

Site Last Updated - 07/11/2019