The British Weather


Severe weather in Britain

My pages on severe weather events in Britain and the British weather in general regularly gather a great deal of interest. The site was mostly written many years ago, but is still usually updated at least once a monthly. It was housed on the University of Dundee personal pages, but these have now been discontinued, so they have now been moved here. See here for the link to the British weather pages.

The project started out as my personal attempt to keep track of the most severe weather events in Britain in the twentieth century, but grew over time to be a fairly complete record of the weather in Britain. So in those pages, in addition to information about severe weather events in Britain, you can find out something about the weather in most months since 1900 - and a few before, and something about my own weather station and weather observations. But mainly - want to know what the weather was like in April 1984? Want to know the coldest temperature recorded in Wales in November? Want to find out what was that snowy day you remember when you couldn’t go to school in late 1968? Want to know what was so special about the winter of 1890, the great freeze of 1962-63, or the summer of 1976, or why 1947 was the best year ever for weather? Then these pages are for you. These pages are usually updated at the start of every month.

Here is a live link to my Newtyle weather station, although it doesn't work perfectly, and sometimes not at all. It's really rather mysterious and fixing it is at the moment a low priority for me.

Psychology and the weather

As far as I know I am the world’s only psychometeorologist - working at the intersection of psychology and the weather. I am carrying out research into our memory for weather forecasts, for the weather itself, how the weather affects us, and why so many people are interested in the weather. See my publications page for the work published so far. Recently I have kindly been awarded a grant from the Soillse Initiative to examine the use of Gaelic in describing the weather. Along with the journalist Seon Caimbeul, we will collecting a corpus of Gaelic weather sayings, with a view to preserving and extending the use of Gaelic in Scotland, examining how language used to describe the weather has changed with time, and whether there are any linguistic differences in weather terms between Gaelic and English.