Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Clim. Past, 16, 1937–1952, 2020

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

Clim. Past, 16, 1937–1952, 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

Swiss Early Meteorological Observations Y. Brugnara

Statistical Reconstruction of Daily Precipitation and Temperature Fields in Switzerland back to 1864 L. Pfister

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Scientists often reconstruct climate from proxy data such as tree rings or historical documents.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.