A daily series of mean sea-level pressure for Paris, 1670-2007

Richard C. Cornes, Phil D. Jones, Keith R. Briffa, Timothy J. Osborn

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It has been known for some time that the potential exists to construct a long daily series of surface pressure for the city of Paris because of the existence of various instrumental series that might be pieced together. The remarkable weather diary kept by the physician, Louis Morin, sets the start of the potential series to 1670, and various other series have now been digitized and corrected to allow the formation of a daily series of Mean Sea-Level Pressure (MSLP) that spans the greater part of 300 years. Unfortunately, a gap in the series still exists for the period 1726–1747, where it appears that no barometer observations have survived. This paper discusses the sources of the various pressure data used in the Paris daily MSLP series, and describes how these observations have been corrected and amalgamated to form a near-continuous, homogeneous series. The data are compared with a similar long daily series that has been independently constructed for the city of London (1692–2007). This comparison indicates that the two MSLP series are of a sufficient quality to provide useful information about the atmospheric circulation across western Europe over the last 300 years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1135-1150
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Climatology
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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