It’s amazing what you can do with a month’s worth of hourly SYNOPs from OGIMET. Here for example is a full climatological report for last month (November 2016) for Exeter airport. I think I’ve used more or less every scrap of climate data that is locked up in an hourly report, although I must admit that because Exeter returns hourly sunshine and radiation data there is no way to visualise that it in a monthly tabulated report like this, unless you plot the hourly values in a graph.
Exeter airport – November 2016
I remember when I was a lad having to fill a Metform (it did have a number but I forgot it) in very similar but not as detailed as this, that’s when I was an assistant scientific officer [ASO] with the Met Office at a variety of outstations around the UK. The beauty of a desktop application like this though, is that I can download all the ~7200 hourly observations required for a month, and produce a climate report like this, in just a few seconds from anywhere in the UK. It would probably work for stations from the rest of the world, but because different countries use and abuse the SYNOP format in different ways, it will need a bit of extra tweaking for general overseas use.
What a month November 2016 was at Exeter by the way, storm Angus and a three-day wet spell, and then eight dry days to finish!
The one thing of course the report screen lacks is access to long-term averages, so that anomalies for temperature, rainfall and sunshine can be included. Some of this long-term monthly average data is available for some key stations around the UK, so it may be possible to add this functionality to the application in time. The other thing it does that any self-respecting climatological application can do is produce a variety of charts :
- Sunshine graph (what is the latin like name for this one?)
This application is still a beta, that’s a fancy way of saying that it’s not quite finished, but that’s the problem with the majority of the many weather applications that I write. The report screen is more or less complete and the way I want it and data it displays is correct, but the graphs do need more polishing as you can see:
Barograph – bug in the date range label
Sunshine – another bug in the date label !
Anemograph – what happened to the 30th?
Hyetograph – finally one that looks right
Hygrograph – date problems again!
Thermograph – with more date problems