The Science

Ahoy landlubbers – here you’ll find plenty of information about the science behind Weather Detective, as well as details on the ships whose log books you’ll be reading (should you sign up!) and the colourful Clement Wragge, who had the vision to ask ship captains to record their weather observations.  There’s photos and stories, so enjoy!

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What’s so special about old weather in logbooks?

How could weather records written down by a 19th Century sea captain possibly be useful in the 21st century?

John William's missionary ship is one of the many ships the log books for Weather Detective have come from.
The Old Ships

PHOTO GALLERY | Majestic ships under full sail, steam ships, missionary ships and even a couple of slavers are among the ships in this photo gallery.  We don’t know exactly which ships you’ll come across if you take part in weather detective, but maybe it will be one of these!

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Weather Detective tutorial

VIDEO | Have a look at what’s involved with being a weather detective with this tutorial by Bernie Hobbs.  Get ready to go back to 1895!

Clement Wragge circa 1901
The colourful Clement Wragge

VIDEO + PHOTO GALLERY | Meet Clement Wragge, the colourful government meterologist who had the vision to see that ships log books could be useful in understanding and forecasting weather.  Oh, he also started the trend of naming tropical cyclones too.

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The Science Team

Meet some of the research scientists involved with Weather Detective.

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Rain, hail, sleet or shine, measuring weather all the time

RADIO NATIONAL | Each night on the telly, a person stands in front of a map and tells you what the weather was like today, and what it is going to be like for the next seven days or so.  How do they know? Listen to Radio National’s ‘Off Track’ to find out.

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