Help Needed To Rescue UK’s Old Rainfall Records

Are you sitting around the house, completely isolated from the outside world because of the CoronaVirus’ social isolation requirements? Are you bored? Would you like to help meteorologists, historians, and others with a crowdsourcing effort? There’s a great crowdsourcing project that needs your help.

The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can’t easily be used to analyze past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets.

You’re not required to rummage through old bound volumes; the Met Office has already scanned the necessary documents — all 65,000 sheets. You simply have to visit a website, read the scribbled rainfall amounts and enter the numbers into a series of boxes.

“If you do just a couple of minutes every now and then — that’s great,” said Prof Ed Hawkins. “If you want to spend an hour doing 30 or 40 columns – then that’ll be amazing. But any amount of time, it will all add up and be a tremendous help.”

If you want to take part, go to https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/edh/rainfall-rescue.

One Comment

David Paul Davenport April 1, 2020 at 9:20 pm

Easy, but boring, project. Transcriber does not get to do one whole sheet. Enters amounts per month for a given year. Someone else does a second year, and so on. Some else does the location (which is good if the transcriber happens to be familiar with English place-names), and yet another does the type of rain gauge, elevation, and the like. Good opportunity to use the number lock and the tab in conjunction but will need to zoom out to show the entire form in a single view – otherwise will need to scroll which slows things down.

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