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    Default Re: Use of Met. Office Volunteer Observers Logs UN IPCC

    When I was with ESSO we did the weather reporting every six hours, running round the Cape to the Gulf and Pacific,
    Wind speed and direction, sea state, sea temp, from E.R. and air temp wet and dry. types of clouds,
    any phenominal sightings, all to be sent to Bracknel every six hours, also I caught some Locusts in the Red Sea, these just fitted in a empty 20 cig packet and posted off to them with weather conditions . Lat and Long etc.
    even Bird sightings, types and direction of flight and so on.and many other things.
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    Default Re: Use of Met. Office Volunteer Observers Logs UN IPCC

    Thank you. Brian.

    When was this?

    Did you never use the sea temp. bucket?

    Was the temp reported degrees C or degrees F ? Did you record to the nearest degree? I cannot remember.

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    In bad weather we used to dangle a cadet over the side with him holding a thermometer.
    Ships always carried spare cadets but were seldom equipped with a spare bucket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Isaac View Post
    In bad weather we used to dangle a cadet over the side with him holding a thermometer.
    Ships always carried spare cadets but were seldom equipped with a spare bucket.
    Sounds about right Chris, ships I sailed on the cadets were cheaper than a bucket, can't imagine them being spare though, as C/O would lose all that chipping power.

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    Hi Laurie,
    this was in the 70s and 80s, I never saw a bucket for water temps,too far down from the bridge deck to sea level, six decks, I guess when we were light ship. No cadets on watch to send down.
    Temps were all in F, then late 70s onwards in C. the same as doing oil calculations. at that time.
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    I remember in Cunard the sea temp in the 1950s was always from the engine room every hour when we were in the vicinity of the Labrador current, , it helped with navigation so we knew when we were in the Gulf stream and then suddenly in the ice cold temperature of the Labrador Current, The temp would fall dramatically in minutes.
    very handy when no sights all the way from Liverpool to New York run and Canada.
    Hope this helps,
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    I sailed as an apprentice with Bristol City Line on the North Atlantic route in the 60's. It fell to us to take the weather obs and I remember it being very interesting taking the sea temperature from the bridge wing with the small bucket supplied by the met office. Also the air temperature and humidity had to be read from a box on the monkey island.

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    after 46 years at sea and, as I recall, at least 35 on Met Voluntary ships, the method of taking sea temperature with the supplied rubber bucket was akin to taking a hand-lead sounding.
    Lower to just above the water, start to swing and then release during forward motion thus ensuring it was under the actual disturbed surface where otherwise, it could drag along picking up breaking ship's wake. Certainly this was approved by the Met Office when we were asked to send in sea temperatures to check against satellite observations then being new. Always from the bridge wing except in very inclement weather when taken from the main deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Isaac View Post
    In bad weather we used to dangle a cadet over the side with him holding a thermometer.
    Ships always carried spare cadets but were seldom equipped with a spare bucket.
    That's right Chris. Never lost one yet- a cadet that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jackson View Post
    after 46 years at sea and, as I recall, at least 35 on Met Voluntary ships, the method of taking sea temperature with the supplied rubber bucket was akin to taking a hand-lead sounding.
    Lower to just above the water, start to swing and then release during forward motion thus ensuring it was under the actual disturbed surface where otherwise, it could drag along picking up breaking ship's wake. Certainly this was approved by the Met Office when we were asked to send in sea temperatures to check against satellite observations then being new. Always from the bridge wing except in very inclement weather when taken from the main deck.

    That could been taken straight from the HMSO Marine Observers Handbook,Peter. !

    One of the bridge copies I saw had a note inside on that page which someone had scrawled Oh For Fu@@'s sake just chuck the effing thing over the side !

    We were a strange lot at sea........ Some of us. But we got our ships,expensive cargoes and priceless crew mates back in one piece.
    A bit of humour made it all bearable at times.
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    I find it quite amazing when I hear that NASA has produced the latest figures on global temperatures and warming.
    All these taken rom space and they claim show the earth is warming.

    That may be the case but when they say it is the warmest on record, what period are they speaking of.

    NASA if I read it correctly has only been around since about 1950.

    Hardly time to collect any meaningfull records.
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