I have written several posts here about my rain measurements (see here, here, here) but have always wondered whether the non-ideal location of my rain gauge made the results useless. I realised recently that SEPA publish data from rain gauges across Scotland so I could compare my data to their nearest gauge, which is onlyContinue reading Rain: how reliable is my data?
I’m a bit late with the rain report for 2023, sorry. We have already had most of January 2024 and, here in Dunbar, it is already the second-wettest of the five Januaries that I have recorded. As a whole, 2023 was the second wettest year I have recorded, falling only slightly behind 2021. However, aContinue reading 2023: the rain report
Guess what: we are on strike. Again. This time, our employers have at last decided to negotiate, and there are rumours emerging of actual progress in those negotiations. While on strike I have done a long series of overdue domestic tasks, the last of which was admitting the man from EDF to replace our traditionalContinue reading Data: it is everywhere. Part 4: utilities time series.
Levelling is the process of accurate measurement of the height above sea level of points in the landscape. When I am not on strike (and I have three strike days this week) we teach students to do this as a part of conducting gravity surveys. You can see me explaining the process in this video,Continue reading Landmarks of levelling
As per last year I am starting the year with a report on the rain I recorded in Dunbar. It will not surprise anyone who has been listening to the news that 2022 was a dry year: slightly drier than the climatological mean and considerably drier than either 2021 or 2020. It is clear fromContinue reading 2022: the rain report
We have had another round of strike days over the last few weeks. The dispute between university staff across the UK and their employers rumbles on, in a period of high inflation. I therefore felt that it was time to update the plots in my previous blog posts regarding how much we are paid. First,Continue reading Data: it is every where (Part 3(c): the #ucuRISING inflation update)
I knew while I was on my holiday to Egypt and Jordan earlier in the year that I had visited one location associated with the Greek astronomer and mathematician Eratosthenes of Cyrene, but I found out after I got home that I had actually visited two such places. The obvious location was Aswan (or Syene,Continue reading In the footsteps of Eratosthenes
I have described in the past how I received gravity meter D-154 back from a service and convinced myself that it was working. It has been used on a number of field trips since that time, and has not, until recently, shown any sign of giving the wrong answers. However, until 2021, on all ofContinue reading Gravity: an unfinished historical detective story
The days around the solstice are an all-too-brief time of year when the days go on for ever, the bees buzz, and the hedges are full of the fragrance of roses and elderflower. A time of year when you can have a swift half at the Eagle and Child in the middle of the afternoonContinue reading Ascent of Cwm Hill
Having saved up holiday money through the pandemic, we splurged it on a fortnight divided between Egypt and Jordan. Mostly this was a cultural and historic sort of trip, but two days in Jordan’s Wadi Rum area allowed me to sneak in a little bit of geology as well. We were given a quick tourContinue reading In the desert