Posted by Cameron on June 12, 1998 at 00:02:47:
In response to Weather records: Help!, written by Linden on May 28, 1998 at 20:06:19
Hi Linden, et al!
I couldn't find a site like this when I began researching for my Regency mysteries, but I did happen to accidently stumble on the proper information while reading through "The Gentleman's Magazine" of the period.
Since my mysteries begin in 1810, I started with that year of the magazine and found weather reports (of what the weather had been), from 3 different areas spanning the breadth of England. These reports told about cloud formations, temperature, rain, snow, sleet, sun, etc., also noting all the phases of the moon during each month. They've proved invaluable for my research. It is interesting to note that appellations for cloud types, i.e. cumulus, nimbus, stratus, etc. were first published in 1810 and the terms were "coined" by a professor (I forget his name), who studied weather.
The British Library has all this stuff on line, but their 175 pound a year initial fee, plus 12 pounds per hour of download time would make the research costs prohibitive. The best place to look would be in a major university library. They've been known to have copies of "The Gentleman's Magazine", and it's certainly cheaper than buying originals. I hope this helps.
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