Regular meteorological measurements and observations in Białystok were carried out in the first half of the 19th century. It was evidenced by a scientist from the University of Bialystok (UW), states Katarzyna Dziedzik, press spokesman of the University of Bialystok.
“Extract from Meteorological Perceptions at Gymnazyum Białostockie” – this is the title given to the oldest weather data summaries reached by Prof. Andrzej Górniak from the Faculty of Biology, University of Bialystok. He found them in the resources of the Lithuanian Central State Archives. Documents prove that meteorological measurements and observations in Białystok were carried out since 1808. This is nearly 70 years earlier than previously estimated.
Prof. Górniak explains that at that time meteorological measurements and observations were already carried out in many places in today’s Poland. Usually, they were coordinated and developed by academic centers. The scientists know reports from cities such as Warsaw, Kraków and Gdańsk. Many of reports are well-preserved and have been analyzed today. “However, practically nothing was known about the measurements from that period in the capital of Podlasie”, adds the scientist from Białystok.