This story on the Weather Channel website caught my eye this week so I watched the video and learned about the citizen scientists that are helping NOAA and the National Archives recover worldwide weather observations made by Royal Navy ships around the time of World War I. These transcriptions will contribute to climate model projections and improve a database of weather extremes.
The USS Jeannette’s logs are part of the Old Weather-Arctic project. The ship was entrapped in Arctic sea ice for many months. Only a few sailors and the logbook survived this doomed 1879 Arctic expedition. (Credit: U.S. Navy public domain image.)