Weather Front

Weather Front is published each month and is a collection of East Midlands weather observations and is published by the East Midlands Local Centre.

Any questions about the publication, which is available free in hardcopy format to members of the Society in the region and to libraries, should be addressed to the webmaster. RMetS makes every effort to ensure that the data published here are accurate but accepts no responsibility for errors, omissions or inaccuracies or for any consequences arising from the use of the data.

Back issues of Weather Front will be available online soon

Weather Front

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Weather Front History

In December 2006, the 100th quarterly issue of “Weather Front” was published. The publication, which is a data summary of the weather in the previous quarter, was started in 1981 with 11 reporting stations. A year later there were 14 regular ones. The data were edited by David Stanier (right) who also wrote the three or four pages of descriptive text drawing attention to ‘record’ events and giving details of how the weather pattern had evolved during the quarter.

Each issue was printed and distributed under the auspices of Nottingham University Geography Department.

In the mid-nineteen-nineties the Centre Committee decided there was more demand for monthly than for quarterly data, and that it was time to computerise the operation. Thus David edited his last issue in Spring 1997 after 15 years valiant service. Since then the collator, editor and distributor until 2012 was Ernie Pepperdine (below). Sadly Ernie passed away in early 2013.  Roger Phillips is the current editor.  

ernie pepperdineOf the 14 original stations only 3 continue to report to us (Middleton, Mickleover and Ely); David still reports but his original station was Stretton and he now reports from his home in Derby. Two observers died “in harness” and others have come off the list because they have moved away, become too old etc, but we have always managed to recruit new stations and the current total reporting is still 14. We take this opportunity to publicly thank all our observers, past and present, for their dedicated work in taking daily readings and then converting them to monthly averages and extremes – amazingly they maintain their enthusiam year in and out!

Each paper issue is posted out to around 80 individual MetSoc members in the region, and to around 60 public libraries.