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Data set name

Meteorological reports from lighthouses on the Spanish coast (1945-87)

Data holding centreState Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
CountrySpain  Spain
Time periodFrom 1945 to 1987
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Lighthouses on the Spanish coast (including Northern Africa)

Observations 
Parameters

Atmospheric visibility and transparency; Air temperature; Cloud cover height and extent; Wind strength and direction

Description 
Summary

The quoted parameters are recorded by hand at 7, 13, 19 hours. The series of data cover different periods of each lighthouse. This information has not been put through any type of quality control and a lot of it has been obtained visually: visibility, clouds, height and frequency of swell, etc. However, their value is that it is very difficult to find all this information in other files, and the persons who carry out the observations, the lighthouse keepers, generally do so in a very professional manner. It is difficult to estimate the data with precision. There are 4 lighthouses with data from the last 42 years, 6 with data from the last 24 years and several with data going back more than 10 years. This information is not valid for the study of climate changes.

OriginatorsState Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
Availability 
OrganisationState Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
AvailabilityMoratorium
ContactServicio de Aplicaciones Aeronauticas y Maritimas
Address

State Meteorological Agency (AEMET)
Leonardo Prieto, 8 (Ciudad Universitaria)
Madrid

28071
Spain

Telephone+34 91 5819857
Facsimile+34 915 819811
Emailinfomet@inm.es
Administration 
Collating centreIEO/Spanish Oceanographic Institute
Local identifier8010003
Global identifier2591
Last revised2009-02-11