Weather-watcher sought for Bognor’s sunshine

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A WEATHER observer is being sought by Bognor Regis Town Council.

The council wants a person to fill the paid role to ensure the town’s proud sunshine record continues to be noted.

The successful applicant, who will join an existing observer, will carry on a tradition which began in 1898.

Sue Holmes, the council’s head of street scene and leisure services, said: “The town’s sunshine record has always been a strong promotional tool and, by keeping weather observers, this official documentation of the town’s weather is maintained.”

The two observers work an hour in the morning and one in the afternoon for four days on with four days off. They take readings daily and send them to the Met Office and the MeteoGroup which pass them on to the daily newspapers.

The role entails reading and recording data and re-setting thermometers in the town’s weather station in Waterloo Square gardens morning and afternoon.

Measurements from the rainfall gauge are also taken.

A wind machine on the foreshore office is read each morning and a new suncard placed in a sunshine recorder on top of Fitzleet House in the afternoon.

Mrs Holmes said the service’s small cost was seen by councillors as a price worth paying to keep it going.

The town council has run the weather station since 1993 when it took over from Arun District Council.