When did of­fi­cial weather records be­gin?

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Am­a­teur me­te­o­rol­o­gists have recorded the weather for cen­turies, but it was only in the mid-1800s that this be­came of­fi­cial. In 1854 the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment set up the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment, which later be­came the Met Of­fice. Sev­eral other coun­tries set up na­tional weather ser­vices to record and fore­cast the weather in this time pe­riod too. The prob­lem was that they used dif­fer­ent meth­ods, which only grad­u­ally be­came stan­dard­ised, hence the Met Of­fice to­day only has re­li­able weather records from 1914. How­ever, by analysing his­tor­i­cal records, ice cores, fos­sils and other sources, sci­en­tists can es­ti­mate the weather con­di­tions far fur­ther back in time.

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