Well "Boggy Britain" seems to have put the mockers on rainfall for large parts of the country, so after 6 months I will probably end it and see if the fates can give us a really dull wet summer with a sunshine challenge instead
If this goes ahead it will be for the extended summer period of May to September and I'm open to ideas and suggestions, so get them in now and not after I start it
There are two ways of doing this, one is to use the same method of finding the 10 sunniest places and awarding points from 10 to 1as in "Boggy Britain". This would have to use synop reports from OGIMET only because although there are other stations available through the Meteogroup site at http://www.weatherca...bsid/99008.html for example it would be too tedious to find them and collate the daily totals manually every day.
The second is to select only a fixed number of stations around the UK and simply add up the sunshine hours total cumulatively, which would allow using a few stations only available on the Meteogroup site.
It would be nice to have sunshine hours as a % of the possible to allow for the difference in daylight hours south to north but too complex, as would only counting what some folks insist on calling "usable hours" of sunshine only! Also we can say that it will not determine the argument over "the sunniest place in the UK" because the choice of sites will be limited to what is easily available only. Also please don't complain to me about lack of geographical spread because I know some regions have under representation for sunshine reporting but that's down to the UKMO.
So I'm open to thoughts about it...
For info, the following UKMO sites + a couple of others report sunshine through synops:
|Eskdalemuir||St. Athan||Church Fenton|
|Aberdeen / Dyce||Nottingham Weather Centre|
|Belfast / Aldergrove||Bournemouth Airport|
|London / Heathrow Airport|
|Isle Of Man / Ronaldsway||Herstmonceux|