Philip Eden, who has died aged 66, was a meteorologist, weather historian, avid collector of arcane weather statistics and one of the very few people to make a living out of private forecasts.
He sold his material to local radio stations all over Britain, and to national newspapers, most notably The Daily Telegraph, where he contributed a daily “Weather Watch” column from 1998 to 2012, and The Sunday Telegraph, where he was a columnist from 1986 until forced to retire by illness towards the end of 2015.
In addition to information about the latest weather trends in Britain and around the world, devotees of Eden’s columns could expect to be entertained with diversions ranging from references to the weather in the diaries of Samuel Pepys, to the definition of a “squaw winter” (the first serious frosts of the autumn on the eastern seaboard of the US, without which, it is said, a true Indian summer...
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