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Old Weather Magazine / Guano Ships
« on: December 11, 2016, 03:57:46 am »
One of my favorite podcasts did a story this week on the history of the American guano industry.  See:

It made me wonder whether there is a repository of old logbooks from guano ships similar to what we've been working on for whalers. The time period (1850-1870) and geography (primarily Pacific) seem like they would fit in well into the global dataset.

The Science: What You're Doing This For / Pre 1880 records
« on: May 02, 2016, 01:34:44 am »
I read in many places that "reliable records" go back to 1880, and that is the oldest date that is often used when comparing today's climate to a pre-industrial climate. My question is whether pre or post 1880 records are more useful. I could see data since 1880 helping to shore up the dataset that is currently being used, but I could also see value in pre-1880 data to help extend the historical record further into the past. Any thoughts from the scientific team?

Old Weather and Zooniverse News / Science Gossip
« on: April 10, 2016, 03:10:59 am »
Do folks know whether the old weather scientific team is interested in the data found in one of the journals over at ScienceGossip?  Here is an example:

and, less commonly (only when there is another illustration on the page)

It runs from about 1860 to 1872 in Chiswick, a suburb of London (but it also contains averages since 1827). I've been going through marking those pages when I get tired of transcribing ships, but if its data that's already in the global database I'd focus my time elsewhere.

Dockside Cafe / Purple Heart awarded to WWII weathermen
« on: November 20, 2015, 02:25:34 am »
I thought people might find this story in today's Washington Post to be of interest.

"Lost at sea during WWII, weathermen to get their Purple Hearts at last"

"Pendleton said he learned through research that the Muskeget had been attacked by U-755 and got the submarine?s log from the National Archives, which has a trove of U-boat documents."

There's treasure to be found in these logs.

Dockside Cafe / Beaufort Wind Scale
« on: November 17, 2013, 01:16:33 am »
A poetic reading and discussion of the Beaufort Wind Scale on one of my favorite comedic podcasts, "How to Do Everything." Don't know how accurate the discussion is but it's quite interesting. The discussion starts at minute 12:35.

Apropos of Old Weather is the quote "My light breeze might be your gentle breeze" which is why I guess the comments column is less helpful to the researchers.

The Essex witnessed the U.S. landing force take Veracruz on the 21st and 22nd of April, 1914:

Don't know how to do Wikipedia, but these seem like some good source materials for :

Dockside Cafe / Chipping Paint
« on: January 24, 2012, 01:32:44 am »
Did the paint these sailors use contain lead? If so, with all this chipping paint and replainting, were there ever any cases of lead poisoning?

Dockside Cafe / Suggested Blog Topics
« on: May 01, 2011, 05:36:26 pm »
As I type in entries my mind wanders to things that may be pulled from the data. I dont mean to give the old weather team more work, but these could be some interesting topics for blog posts:

Do ships in the same location at the same time (e.g. in a port) produce the same data?
Similar, do ships at a port produce the same data as that port's own data (assuming it has any)?
Would it be possible to see a map pinpointing each ship's location by day? (useful for historical and climate data purposes). A slider could be added, like old weather voyages, to move through time.
What percentage of the British Navy logs for the years at issue (say 1914-1922) have you scanned?  You mentioned you were awarded a grant to scan more, are these different ships or different years?

Thanks old weather team for letting us get involved.  I love the fact that you use the blog to show how the data is being utilized.

Observed Brilliant display of Aurora Borealis

Feb. 14, 1917, Moldavia. E of Iceland.

The Voyages, The Work, The People: Everyday Life at Sea / Royal Wedding
« on: February 25, 2011, 02:46:34 pm »
From the logs of the Gnat, stationed in China on April 26, 1923.

"Dressed ship in honor of H.R.H. Prince Albert's wedding."

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