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.
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.
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The following resources are available from the website:
Further data is added on a regular basis:
You can access past records for the site using the Downloads and Search links in the menu.
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