Doncaster Town Moor Weather Station

Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK.  Latitude 53°31'45''N, longitude 01°06'20''W.

Station Observer: Andy Overton








If you are looking for meteorological data for the central Doncaster area, Doncaster Town Moor Weather Station may be able to help.  Take a look at the notes below describing the station equipment and data resources on offer and contact me to discuss your requirements.  I am happy to supply data free of charge for use  in personal, academic or scientific research without restriction; as well as by public bodies, hospitals, local authorities etc. and other non-profit-making organisations.  The only condition is that the data is not resold or otherwise passed on to third parties and that any published work which uses data supplied carries an appropriate acknowledgement.  I do not supply data for commercial use - this includes use in litigation cases.  I can supply full datasets, data limited to specific parameters, daily or monthly reductions to totals, extremes and averages.  Please contact me to discuss your requirements and I will help if possible.  Bear in mind that the station is operated as a voluntary interest and there may be a delay or some difficulty due to pressures of time in supplying requests for data. When contacting me please include: your name, your organisation/academic institution if applicable, what data are required, what you want the data for and a description of the application- this is particularly important if you are using a personal postal address or an email address on an ISP or personal server, rather than one with a recognised organisation or academic institution.  No information= no reply.  Unfortunately, I do receive spurious contacts from spammers, scammers and those spreading viruses etc., so if your enquiry lacks transparency it is likely to be ignored.  I always help genuine enquirers, where possible.



Station Equipment


The station operates with a cabled Davis Vantage PRO AWS with additional solar radiation sensor and a daytime fan-aspirated radiation shield.  Until 01/04/2006 it was operated with a naturally aspirated radiation shield.  Rainfall is also recorded by use of a standard 5" copper raingauge.  All usual meteorological parameters are recorded.



Siting and Exposure


The sensors are located in a moderately large sheltered suburban back garden of a 1930s semi-detached house which consists of a ground and upper floor with a hipped roof.  This is typical of the surrounding area which is of rows of semi-detached suburban housing in central Doncaster on the periphery of  the town centre.  Data are representative of the suburban microclimate, rather than from a 'standard' open site typical of a Met Office approved climatological station.  This offers advantages for some applications and drawbacks for others and data must be used carefully, especially when comparing with other sites.  Full station metadata details can be supplied with any data as well as an assessment of siting and exposure characteristics and their influence on the data.  


The solar radiation sensor is unshadowed except at the very beginning and end of the day when the sun is close to the horizon behind adjacent rooftops and trees.  Shadowing is more pronounced in the winter months.


Met Office standards are conformed to within the limitations of the site.


Photographs of the AWS equipment and station site can be seen with unaspirated radiation shield: General view of instruments looking north ; view of layout looking north-east ; view of raingauge/sensor assembly with solar radiation sensor on fence .  And daytime fan-aspirated radiation shield



Equipment Specifications


A sheet showing the manufacturer's stated accuracy of each sensor, along with manufacturer's specification sheets in pdf format for some sensors and components, are available on request.  Trialling is underway with the AWS against equipment of known accuracy to assess performance and trial data can also be supplied.



Data Capture and Archival


The AWS samples at 5 minute intervals using a Davis datalogger and WeatherLink software.  These data are exported monthly to an Excel spreadsheet which calculates daily and monthly averages/extremes.  In addition extra data are input manually to the spreadsheet to complete the monthly record.  Reductions are copied to other spreadsheets to compile dedicated daily and monthly reduction records for easy manipulation.  All data are recorded using standard climatological conventions and UTC is used throughout the year.  A written record of the daily weather is kept in a meteorological log and details can be supplied.





Calibration checks are regularly made using instruments of known calibration or data from adjacent stations of proven quality.  Any calibration adjustments are recorded with the archived data and in metadata records.  



Station History and Resources


The station was established in January 2000, originally with traditional manual instruments.  AWS records began on 5th February 2004 and a datalogger was added in February 2005.  Complete logged data for each month is available from March 2005 onwards consisting of all usual meteorological variables.  Other data are available from January 2000 onwards but obviously more extensive from the date of introduction of AWS and datalogging.


Examples of the types of data available can be gathered by downloading sample Excel spreadsheets of: Daily Reductions and Monthly Reductions.  Raw AWS data (not shown) logged at 5 minute intervals can also be supplied.





A full and comprehensive metadata file will be supplied with all requests for data giving details of the station and equipment.  The responsibility for ensuring that any data supplied is fit for purpose remains with the end user, although I can give a considered opinion and advice if requested.



Useful Information


The 1961-90 Met Office climatological averages from RAF Finningley, now Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield International Airport, 8km to the south-east are available here. 


A free downloadable guide to the siting of AWS equipment and recommended 'best practice' procedures for operating an observing site is available at .  This document is authored by myself and describes practices complied with at Doncaster Town Moor station.