Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Clim. Past, 16, 1937–1952, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1937-2020

Special issue: International methods and comparisons in climate reconstruction...

Clim. Past, 16, 1937–1952, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1937-2020

Research article 21 Oct 2020

Research article | 21 Oct 2020

Synthetic weather diaries: concept and application to Swiss weather in 1816

Stefan Brönnimann

Data sets

Synthetic weather diaries: Concept and Application to Swiss Weather in 1816 S. Brönnimann https://doi.org/10.7892/boris.146926

Swiss Early Meteorological Observations Y. Brugnara https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.909141

Statistical Reconstruction of Daily Precipitation and Temperature Fields in Switzerland back to 1864 L. Pfister https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.907579

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Short summary
Scientists often reconstruct climate from proxy data such as tree rings or historical documents. Here, I do the reverse and produce a weather diary from historical numerical weather data. Such "synthetic weather diaries" may be useful for historians, e.g. to compare with other sources or to study the weather experienced during a journey or a military operation. They could also help train machine-learning approaches, which could then be used to reconstruct weather from historical diaries.