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Department of Meteorology – University of Reading

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    Held every summer

Observatory tours

Tour the University’s Meteorological Observatory

We’ve been making weather observations at Reading since 1901. Today we have over 100 years of unbroken daily records including temperature and rainfall. Most of our instruments are fully automatic, and information is logged by computer every second of every day. The wide range of observatory instruments and their records provide a valuable teaching resource to the department as well as continuing our long climate record. Public tours of the Atmospheric Observatory are held every summer; booking is essential as places are limited. Early booking is advised, as these tours are popular and fill up well in advance!

Tours for summer 2019 have now ended but please check back in the spring for details of tours happening in summer 2020.

In the meantime, why not take a look at our book about Reading’s weather through the years – One Hundred Years of Reading Weather


Our twitter feed

Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 1:02pm

“Worried but optimistic” about the future – @DrElisabethT discusses climate change on @BBCNews last night and the fact every month of her entire lifetime has been warmer than the long-term average #OurPlanetMatters

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Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 8:39am

How cool are these new plots from our @ecmwf operational observation monitoring system – locations of friendly Mammals taking temperature and salinity observations for us. 14/10 would give bonus fish for their troubles

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