France semaphore and lighthouse meteorological data rescue 1879-1930

Background of the project : National action of preserving and inventorying climate archives at Météo-France

Actions : Inventorying and  imaging of 23 boxes  stored at the National Archives (Archives nationales) in Fontainebleau containing meteorological data  from 1879 to 1930 made by semaphores watchmen and lighthouses keepers on the French coast. Digitising of subdaily data (pressure, temperature, windand humidity).

Status in February 2019 for  Inventorying and Imaging

Semaphore stations:

27 Long series of monthly logbooks, containing daily and subdaily data, have been inventoried and imaged:  Ajaccio 1884-1916 ; Arcachon 1891-1916 ; Audighen 1891-1916 ; Biarritz 1890-1916 ; Bonifacio 1891-1916 ; Dunkerque 1891-1916 ; Ersa Cap Corse 1891-1916 ; Fouesnant 1891-1916 ; Granville 1921-1923 ; Groix Bec Melen 1868-1884, 1890-1920 ; Hyères Ile du Levant 1891-1916 ; Ile de Batz 1881-1882, 1892-1916 ;  Ile-de-Bréhat 1891-1920 ; La Hague 1891-1916 ;  La Seyne-sur-Mer 1869-1885, 1891-1916, Lege-Cap-Ferret 1898-1920 ; L'Ile d'Yeu 1891-1920 ; Les Mathes 1891-1916, Penmarc'h 1891-1916 ; Plévenon Cap Fréhel 1892-1916 ; Port-vendres Cap Béar 1891-1916 ; Prefailles 1890-1920 ;  Ramatuelle Cap Camarat 1891-1914 ;  Saint-Denis Oléron 1891-1920 ; Sainte-Adresse La Hève1891-1919, Sauzon 1879-1930.

 7 Lighthouse stations :

Bonifacio 1881-1915 ; Gatteville-le-Phare Barfleur 1881-1914 ; Ersa Giraglia 1882-1915 ; Granville 1881-1914 ; Marseille Planier 1881-1914 ; Sainte Adresse La Hève 1881-1914, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 1881-1914

 Status in February 2019 for Digitising

 Digitisatising process  was set up:  

Gatteville-le-Phare Barfleur semaphore series 1891-1914 : subdaily data of pressure, temperature,  wind, cloudiness  (3 times/day) and daily precipitation and temperatures

 

 

 

Project Status (only for existing data rescue projects): 
Ongoing
Rescue Method (only for existing data rescue projects): 

Inventorying, imaging and digitising meteorological data if they are not available in the French climate data base

WMO Region: 
Parameters: 
Temperature
Precipitation
Surface pressure
Wind
Contact information (email address): 
sylvie.jourdain@meteo.fr
Need assistence: 
No