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THE WEATHER STATION

Established in January 2001, "Strathspey Weather," a member of the "Climatological Observers Link," is a private weather-monitoring facility based in The Cairngorms National Park of Highland Scotland, an area  renowned not only for its whisky - but  its outstanding natural beauty, and diversity of British wildlife.  Strathspey is subject  to extremes of British Climate, experiencing differences of 50°C  between the highs of summer, and the lows of a Highland winter. The station is situated in the village of Cromdale (3 miles east of Grantown on Spey) within the grounds of my house. It consisted initially of a “Weather Monitor” automatic electronic station, manufactured by Davis Instruments, and an independent sun sensor by Instromet. The station has since evolved, and now incorporates the class-leading “Davis Vantage Pro 2.” Linked to this system is a Davis Weatherlink IP logger, which records a broad range of data. Unlike many similar electronic systems, the IP logger enables this data to be streamed twenty four hours a day, directly to the internet - independent of the computer.
 
     

On July 1st. 2009, following the closure of the Met Office station in nearby Grantown on Spey, Cromdale became an official Met Office Climate station following the installation of approved recording equipment, comprising of  thermometers mounted within a traditional Stevenson screen, a grass-minimum thermometer, and a 5” stainless steel rain-gauge. Measurements are taken daily at 0900 UTC/GMT for submission
 to the Met Office. Running two systems however has in itself thrown up some minor difficulties. Therefore, since that date minimum and maximum temperatures and  rainfall measurements shown within the daily, monthly and annual tables are those as recorded by the Met Office equipment, whilst data covering  daily mean temperature, barometric pressure, wind and sunshine is provided by the automated instruments. As accurate as the electronic Vantage Pro 2 has been proved to be there will, inevitably, be minor discrepancies in comparison
 to the traditionalrecording methods required of a Met Office Climate Station. Additionally, the times of the “recording day” 24 hours from midnight, local time, in the case of the electronic station, against the 24 hours from 9 amUTC for the Met Office equipment may also disclose apparent anomalies. Where differences inevitably arise, the readings of the Met Office equipment shall at all times be used over those of the Davis system. Rainfall totals shown within the live daily update data will be adjusted monthly in favour of the Met Office
 rain-gauge. All timings are shown within the 
table covering daily data. Finally, all data within this website is free to use, though acknowledgements would be appreciated. Printer-friendly copies are also available as “word documents” (free of charge) upon request.
 



Anemometer & Sun meter
 

STATION DETAILS

 

  Standard Map  Reference
   57° 20' 14.2" N 
  3° 32' 28.9" W

Ordnance Survey
 Map  Reference
NJ 072 284

   Elevation
    192.5 metres
     (632 ft) ASL

MAP

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Davis VP2 console
 
Some winter shots from 2010
 
 
Cromdale Church   Keeping the village roads clear
     
 
A local farmer getting the feed out to the stock   River Spey at Cromdale
     
 
The weather station   Keeping the driveway clear ... a winter chore
January 7th.2010 - Record level snow depth of 65cm