TEMPEST is a database of historical weather extremes in the UK. Bring these stories to your classroom with our user guide.
This lesson introduces what a database is, and how to use the TEMPEST database of extreme weather.
What is an extreme weather event?
What kind of weather might be involved in an extreme weather event?
What kind of impacts might a severe weather event have?
What is a database?
Extreme weather is when a weather event is significantly different from the average or usual weather pattern. This may take place over one day or a period of time.
Extreme weather can have impacts on people and environments. The TEMPEST Database has documented accounts of extreme weather going back over hundreds of years from a rich variety of diverse sources that include: newspaper reports; diaries, letters and postcards, as well as official meteorological records. This data base can be searched using dates, types of weather and impacts as queries and the results mapped.
Listen to Professor Georgina Endfield discuss TEMPEST in our #AskTheGeographer podcast.
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