Wimbledon in the rain

Scientists have been amazed at the public’s response to help digitise the UK’s old rainfall records.

Handwritten numbers on documents dating back 200 years are being transferred to a spreadsheet format so that computers can analyse past weather patterns.

The volunteers blitzed their way through rain gauge data from the 1950s, 40s and 30s in just four days.

Project leader Prof Ed Hawkins had suggested the work might be a good way for people to use self-isolation time.

“It’s been incredible. I thought we might get this far after three or four weeks, not three or four days,” he told BBC News.

“We’ve had almost 12,000 volunteers sign up. They’re now working on the 1920s and I’m racing to get the 1910s ready for them.”

The Rainfall Rescue

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