the start of 1997, weather recordings have been taken at Canterbury
Broad Oak Nature Reserve. At the centre we have a weather station
with various apparatus allowing measurements to be made. A Stevenson
screen houses our thermometers which tell us maximum and minimum
temperatures. A rain
gauge has been positioned in the open away from trees and buildings.
The anemometer is fixed to an electricity pylon and continually
records wind speed. There is also a wind vane to indicate the direction
A barometer in one of the classrooms allows pressure
readings to be taken, giving an indication of approaching weather
conditions. In the past it has also been possible to record the
hours of sunshine.
Broad Oak Nature Reserve has a large lake and the water levels and
temperature are also noted every working day. A sluice gate is used
to control the lake levels which can be affected by the River Stour
which runs next to the reserve. When the River Stour water level
is higher than the lakes the sluice gate is closed. If the Broad
Oak lake level is higher than the rivers', the sluice gate is opened
to release some water into the river. To view our weather records
in Excel fomat please click here.
5th May 2004, Canterbury Broad Oak Nature Resreve experienced a
very interesting weather day. For more details and images from that
day, please click here.