Domestic Weather

2015
Mark Vernon

Can this cold weather possibly be caused by the wireless waves which, I understand, travel at 186,000 miles per second? You see, if the ether waves travel at such a prodigious speed through the air, they surely must create quite a stir and a draught, especially as I understand that they pass through, and not round the house. - Technical Talks To ‘Listeners’, Popular Wireless, January 5, 1924

Writes Vernon, "Domestic Weather is a parallel exploration of radio transmissions as carriers of meteorological data as well as the affects of weather on the propagation of radio signals. Through a series of interviews ham radio operators describe the positive and negative effects that atmospheric conditions have on their broadcasts. Their voices are interwoven with examples of meteorological information conveyed through radio such as weather, shipping and aviation forecasts and transmissions intercepted from Radiosondes - small weather probes that are sent into the atmosphere by balloon. Also interspersed throughout the program are a number of ‘Domestic Weather’ experiments. Using household appliances as analogies of various weather conditions, real audio recordings of weather are micro-broadcast to small radios inside or in the vicinity of these devices with the resulting duet recorded - for example, the sound of a tornado coming from inside a tumble dryer, heavy rain in the shower or howling winds alongside a hairdryer – thus drawing attention to the micro-climate of our own domestic environment."