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Old Weather: Classic => The Dockyard => Topic started by: Randi on November 13, 2012, 08:10:22 am

Title: Updates
Post by: Randi on November 13, 2012, 08:10:22 am
The Hour entries on the Weather Observation tab are required data.
It's now obvious that there is a wide variation in log formats for the US ships, making the time data difficult to gather in any other way.
So, if you have not been doing so, please add the Hour from now on. Thanks everyone.

For further info, see http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3449.msg55886#msg55886
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on November 13, 2012, 08:30:05 pm
I have received a request from another cooperative institute scientist for reports of bioluminescence aka phosphorus in the ocean (may also be reported as 'milky seas'). Does this sound familiar from Ph1-2, or anything like this seen with current ships yet?

If you are interested, please record it on the Event tab.
A note in Natural Phenomena (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=384.0) containing the word bioluminescence would also be helpful. (On the Event tab, enter only what is written in the log! ;))
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on November 19, 2012, 11:18:04 pm
Initially we requested transcribers to put only spaces between degrees and minutes and between minutes and seconds. Philip has revised his software; now 42 33 02, 42.33.02, 42d33m02s and even 43$33&02 are all treated identically. So, TWYS.

If there is a fraction in the minutes part of a latitude or longitude, convert it to seconds.
147 551/2E can be entered as 147 55 30E.
147 553/4E can be entered as 147 55 45E.
42.33 is interpreted as 42 minutes 33 seconds rather than 42 minutes and 20 seconds.

Fractions - except in latitude and longitude - can still be transcribed as decimals
41/2 becomes 4.5

However, for wind directions such as SW 1/2 W, please keep the fraction.
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on March 18, 2013, 08:21:17 am
New ships / new logs: Jamestown and Thetis

See * * * Index - Use this to find your Ship * * * (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3210.0) for details
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on March 18, 2013, 08:02:30 pm
We have a new board: Geographical Help (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?board=24.0)!

Its purpose is to help track down place names from the logs - and to keep our accumulated names in one place.

P.S. On a much smaller scale, we also have Whaling and Sealing Ships Met (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3460.0) if you are trying to find the name of a whaler.
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on March 25, 2013, 06:57:43 pm
I've been looking at Philip's Markup videos (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3665.0), and I have noticed people adding question marks to indicate an uncertain transcription. This is a very natural thing to do (I am sometimes tempted to do so myself!), but it is incorrect.

Do not enter '?' or '(?)' unless that symbol actually appears in the logbook. We have to guess at many things in the logs; adding a question mark is superfluous!
Type What You See - Yes, but ...  General Comments (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3191.msg51627#msg51627)
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on March 26, 2013, 07:28:44 pm
We are looking for mentions in the logs of sunspots, aurorae, erratic compass bearings and unusual radio reception.
Chris from Zooniverse project Solar Stormwatch (http://www.solarstormwatch.com/) explains why reporting them is important: Old Space Weather: sightings of aurorae and sunspots (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3670.0).

When entering a mention of these as an Event, please remember to enter only what is in the log.

For example: http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/USS%20Rodgers/Rodgers_1881/b001of010_0182_1.jpg

If you are willing to enter the whole description, that would be great.
8 to Midnight. Light Airs to stiff breeze from NNE to N. overcast and threatening - Snowing first two hours - very brilliant and grand display of the Aurora - the brightest part in NW. The light extended from E to W by the N to the Zenith - The light was so bright at times that objects could be seen at some distances more distinctly than during the brightest moonlight - the stars were particularly bright - The light would pass over the heavens like waves, the outer edges of which were of dark blue color ~ would then run into each other like waves seen in shoal water.

However, even a brief mention of the presence of an aurora is useful.
grand display of the Aurora

When posting these on the forum, you can edit to your heart's content. ;D
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on June 23, 2013, 12:22:43 pm
We have another group interested in our findings!

Museum of Maritime Pets


Please see Ships' Pets and Mascots (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=3874.0)
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on August 23, 2013, 03:28:15 pm
From Kevin:

Heads up on CASCO and CHARLESTON (and to some extent BEAR): at several points during WW2 the approach to log-keeping changes. In particular the weather obs, administrative remarks, and battle diaries (the latter two comprising the current remarks page) are kept in separate monthly sections or even different books later in the war. Naturally, not all days will have remarks of every sort. At first I think you will see 30 days of vegetables, then 30 days of dessert (or at least a cheese plate) and then a few possibly mixed series (though all are dated so they can be reassembled in sequence later). We're working on adapting our shooting procedure at the Archives so that we can interleave these different items in correct time sequence but this is more of a challenge than might first appear as in some cases the battle diaries are part of an entirely different record group.
Title: Re: Updates
Post by: Randi on June 14, 2015, 03:36:08 pm


Shipopoly (http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=4338.0)