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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2019-32
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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2019-32
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Research article 08 Mar 2019

Research article | 08 Mar 2019

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The climate in south-east Moravia, Czech Republic, 1803–1830, based on daily weather records kept by the Reverend Šimon Hausner

Rudolf Brázdil1,2, Hubert Valášek1,3,†, Kateřina Chromá2, Lukáš Dolák1,2, Ladislava Řezníčková1,2, Monika Bělínová2, Adam Valík1,4, and Pavel Zahradníček2,4 Rudolf Brázdil et al.
  • 1Institute of Geography, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2Global Change Research Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 3Moravian Land Archives, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 4Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Brno, Czech Republic
  • deceased

Abstract. Weather diaries constitute an important source of data for historical climatology, employed in the analysis of weather patterns for both the pre-instrumental and the early instrumental periods. Among the many weather diaries that exist in Europe, the daily records kept by the Reverend Šimon Hausner from Buchlovice in south-east Moravia (Czech Republic), covering the 1803–1831 period, are particularly useful. His qualitative daily weather descriptions enable the construction of series for temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, wind and other weather phenomena (particularly thunderstorms and fogs), supplemented by a number of phenological and agricultural work records. His data related to temperature and precipitation patterns were quantified into a series of weighted temperature and precipitation indices on 7-degree scales, which were subsequently compared with standard meteorological observations from the secular meteorological station in Brno. This comparison indicates that Hausner’s observations were highly reliable and confirms the importance of his data for a better understanding of the variability of the regional climate in the period of early instrumental measurements in Moravia. At the same time, it reveals the importance of weather-related documentary data in the overlap period with instrumental meteorological observations.

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The paper analyses a weather diary of the reverend Šimon Hausner from Buchlovice in south-east Moravia, Czech Republic, in the 1803–1831 period. From daily weather records series of numbers of precipitation days, cloudiness, strong winds, fogs and thunderstorms were created. These records were further used to interpret weighted temperature and precipitation indices. Records of Šimon Hausner represent important contribution to the study of the climate fluctuations in the Central European scale.
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