Humidity in the British Isles


    THE importance of humidity as a climatological A element has been increasingly realized in recent years. Until quite recently, however, comparatively few summarized data were available for the use of industrial technologists, bioclimatologists and others to whom the humidity of the air in the British Isles is a matter of concern. There were, in fact, only two published collections of average values, W. F. Stacey's averages, with charts, for 91 stations in England and Wales1 and Section 6 of “The Book of Normals”2 containing hourly averages for five observatories, with isopleth diagrams of hourly averages for seven additional stations.

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    1. 1

      Stacey, W. F., "Distribution of Relative Humidity in England and Wales", Quart. J. Roy. Met. Soc., 41, 45 (1915).

    2. 2

      "The Book of Normals". M.O. 236. Sec. VI. "Normals of Relative Humidity". (London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1928.)

    3. 3

      Bilham, E. G., "The Climate of the British Isles" (Macmillan and Co., 1938).

    4. 4

      Scheel and Heuse, Ann. Phys., 1909 and 1910.

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    Humidity in the British Isles. Nature 142, 365 (1938).

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