The high-altitude weathermen of Ben Nevis

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They were stationed near the top of Ben Nevis at one of the world’s first permanently manned weather observatories.

Conditions were, naturally, horrendous for the weathermen at the Ben Nevis Observatory with the staff, who first arrived in 1883, usually staying for three months at a time - or more if the conditions stopped them from leaving.

A weatherman takes an hourly reading at the Ben Nevis Observatory which was opened in 1883 by the Scottish Meteorological Society. PIC: All images courtesy of Royal Meteorological Society collection/Met Office archive at National Records of Scotland.

A weatherman takes an hourly reading at the Ben Nevis Observatory which was opened in 1883 by the Scottish Meteorological Society. PIC: All images courtesy of Royal Meteorological Society collection/Met Office archive at National Records of Scotland.