Weather observing and recording in Nottinghamshire by John Wilson


Edward J Lowe

Lowe, E.J. Fern growing. Fifty years' experience in crossing and cultivation, with a list of the most important varieties and a history of the discovery of multiple parentage etc. London 1895

Lowe, E.J. The conchology of Nottingham, or, A popular history of the recent land and fresh water mollusca found in the neighbourhood Nottingham, 1853

Lowe, E.J. The coming drought, or, The cycle of the seasons, with a chronological history of all the droughts and frosts as yet found recorded from A.D. 134 to the present time, being introductory to "Chronology of the Seasons” London

Lowe, E.J. Natural phenomena and chronology of the seasons: being an account of remarkable frosts, droughts, thunderstorms, gales, floods, earthquakes, etc. also diseases, cattle plagues, famines, etc. which have occurred in the British Isles since A.D. 220, chronologically arranged London

All of Edward Lowe’s publications can be found in Bromley House Library.

Cox, M. 'Edward J Lowe and the Nottingham Observatories' The Antiquarian Astronomer 2004 no 1 pp6-10

Henry Mellish

Mellish, H. 'Rainfall of Nottinghamshire 1861-90' QJRMetS 1893; 19: 46-56

Mellish, H. 'Soil temperature' QJRMetS 1899; 25: 238-270

Mellish, H. 'The seasonal rainfall of the British Isles' QJRMetS  1901; 27: 79-97

'Obituary of Henry Mellish' QJRMetS 1927; 53: 189-190

Arnold Tinn

Tinn, A.B. 'Local temperature variations in the Nottingham district' QJRMetS 1938; 64: 391-401

Tinn, A.B. 'Rainfall analysis at Woodthorpe, Nottinghamshire'  Met Mag 1959; 88: 65-66

Tinn, A.B. 'Local distribution of thunder rains round Nottingham' QJRMetS 1940; 66: 48-65

Tinn, A.B. 'The warm, dry summer of 1955' East Midland Geographer  1955 no 4 pp50-51

Tinn, A.B. This Weather of Ours George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London 1946

Wilson, J. 'Meteorologist’s Profile – Arnold Birkbeck Tinn' Weather 2005: 60: 104-106

Other references

Barnes, F.A. 'The intense thunder rains of 1st July 1952, in the northern Midlands' East Midland Geographer  1960; no 14 pp11-26

Barnes, F.A. 'The hard winter of 1962-3 at Nottingham' East Midland Geographer 1963; 3; 139-147
Glasspoole, J. 'Two centuries of rainfall' Met Mag 1928; 63: 1

Lough, J., Wigley, T. and Jones, P. 'Spatial patterns of precipitation in England and Wales and a revised homogeneous England and Wales precipitation series' J Climatol; 1984 Volume 4, pp. 1-25

Lyall, I.T. 'Some features of a severe local storm' J Meteorology 1975; 1: 81-86

Lyall, I.T. 'The Nottinghamshire snowstorm of 15 February 1979' J Meteorology 1979: 4: 211-214

Lyall, I.T. 'The occurrence of thunder in Nottinghamshire and synoptic aspects', 1971-1980 J Meteorology  1982; 7: 69-75

Lyall, I.T. 'Preliminary investigation of a Nottinghamshire frost hollow' Weather 1982; 37: 184-186

Lyall, I.T. 'Expected 200-year extremes of temperature and rainfall at Newark' J Meteorology 1985; 10: 254-255

Manley, G. 'The mean temperature of central England'  QJRMetS 1953; 79: 242-261 [Professor Gordon Manley spent many years scouring libraries for diaries and other records to produce an average temperature for each month from 1659.]

Martin, A. 'The influence of a power station on climate – a study of local weather records' Atmospheric Environment  1974; 8: 419-424

McLuckie, R. and Taylor, M.M. 'The Grantham-Newark tornado of 8 October 1977' J Meteorology  1978; 3: 35-9

Osborne, J.C. 'Thunderstorm and tornado at Gotham, 2 August 1984' J Meteorology 1985; 10: 124-5

Osborne, J.C. 'Tornado at Annesley, Nottinghamshire 16th August 1985' J Meteorology 1985; 10: 372-374

Unsworth, M.H. et al 'The frequency of fog in the Midlands' Weather 1979; 34: 72-76

Wilson, J. 'Acid rain at Arnold, Nottinghamshire UK in 1994' J Meteorology  1995; 20: 153-5

Wilson, J. 'Early 19th century weather records taken at Bromley House, Nottingham' Transactions of the Thoroton Society 2009; 113: 93-103

Wilson, J. 'Weather and public health in Nottingham 1905-1926' Weather 2012: 67: 121-125

Wilson, J. '"And many of the little ones died”: public health, sanitation and climate in early twentieth century Nottingham', Transactions of the Thoroton Society. 2012;116: 129-139

The Meteorologist’s Annual Assistant in Keeping a Diary of the Weather or register of the state of the Barometer, Thermometer, Wind &c and fall of Rain, London. Printed for Robert Baldwin, Paternoster Row
No date is given for the printing of the book, but Robert Baldwin was known to be active between 1749 and 1810. He published the London Magazine or Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer, which ran from 1732 to 1785. However, it would appear that the Meteorologist’s Annual Assistant was first printed in 1793 and was widely distributed. It was advertised in 1818 in the Journal of Science and the Arts at the price of 3s. Although the Meteorologist’s Annual Assistant appears to have been sold widely, few copies have survived. Two are in the British Library and one in the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia. All these copies are unused. One copy is in the National Meteorological Library and Archive (Record No. 965772). This record was made at Trumpington near Cambridge for the period January to December 1820 by John Hailstone. Those in the British Library would appear to be a different edition from those in Nottingham and Exeter. The title page of the British Library copies calls the book the Meteorologist’s Assistant, rather than Meteorologist’s Annual Assistant, and there are other minor differences in the wording. Otherwise, the layout of the two editions is very similar.

Laird, F.C. A topographical and historical description of the county of Nottingham c.1813 Local History Collection, Bromley House Library. Accession number Cc1290

Markham, L. 1994 The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Weather Book Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire 

Stirling, R 1997 The Weather of Britain Giles de la Mare Publishers Ltd  London
The Nottingham Date Book contains many references to weather, particularly severe weather and floods.

British Rainfall was published annually from 1861 to 1991. An almost complete collection is held by the Hallward Library, University of Nottingham.