Go to the WOW weather observations website wow.metoffice.gov.uk and, under filters, select only ‘official observations’.
Choose a weather station to investigate and use the map to zoom in on exactly where it is.
- Name of weather station______________________________________
- Describe the location of the weather station as precisely as you can – which towns or villages is it near, which roads are nearby? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
If you can, take a screen shot of the location of the weather station and paste it in your work.
Now use https://www.google.co.uk/maps/ in a separate tab of your web browser and try and find the location of the weather station (it might not be precisely where it is shown on the WOW website – it could be 10m or more away, so look around a bit). Go to satellite view and zoom in as far as you can – can you find the weather station in the satellite image? If you can, take a screen shot of the location and paste it into your work.
Thinking about the local microclimate and what can affect it, why has this official weather station been placed where it is? Try and list at least 4 factors:
Can you think of any other reasons for why the weather station is where it is – for example due to how easy it is to access?