University of Reading Research Data Archive

A twice-daily barometric pressure record from Durham Observatory in north-east England, 1843-1960

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This dataset consists of twice-daily observations of barometric pressure from Durham Observatory (54.768 °N, 1.584 °W, barometer cistern 107.3 m above mean sea level, MSL) from 23 July 1843 to 31 December 1960. The Durham record, which is 98.7% complete, is by far the longest digital barometric pressure series in northern England, and fills a very large temporal and spatial gap in the International Surface Pressure Database (ISPD).

A paper describing the data series has been submitted to Geoscience Data Journal, April 2021; prior to acceptance/publication, a copy is available from the author at

BOOK CHAPTER Substantially the same information will appear as Appendix 5 in Durham Weather and Climate since 1841, by Tim Burt and Stephen Burt, to be published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2022.

If you use the data, please include a citation as follows:
Burt, T and Burt, S (2021) Durham Weather and Climate since 1841. Oxford University Press, Appendix 5

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Burt, Stephen ORCID logoORCID:
Contributors: Burt, Timothy
Rights-holders: Stephen Burt
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2021
Data last accessed: 16 February 2024
Metadata Record URL:
Organisational units: Science > School of Mathematical, Computational and Physical Sciences > Department of Meteorology
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Access restrictions: Access to data is restricted as this version of the dataset is deprecated. The data contained in this version of the dataset can be provided on request.
Keywords: Durham Observatory, barometric pressure series, reanalysis, quality control

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