Aug 112016

While I was on holiday at Seahouses in Northumberland, I visited the nearby railway station at Chathill, arguably the smallest and least used terminus on the railway network. The station has only two arrivals and departures Monday to Saturday, with no service on Sunday. Although on the East Coast mainline, there are no services from Chathill heading north. Both services leave heading south to Newcastle or Hexham. The photos in this gallery show my visit on July 7th 2016 to see the arrival of the 18:49 from MetroCentre, and its subsequent departure at 19:10 to Hexham. Chathill railway station on [Read more]

Aug 012016
Weather review - July 2016

July 2016 was a dry month with average temperatures, and winds slightly stronger than average. The warmest temperature came in the second half of the month as the thermometer touched 30.1°C at 17:42 on the 19th, the second highest temperature recorded here, beaten only by the 32.7°C, recorded on July 1st 2015. The lowest temperature in the month was 7.6°C at 05:25 on the 2nd, with the month average being 16.3°C. The mean for the month, based on seven years of data, is also 16.3°C. The average daily high was 20.6°C and the average daily low was 11.9°C. The high [Read more]

Jul 092016
Weather review - June 2016

June 2016 was warmer and wetter than average with winds lighter than usual for the time of year. The firsat third of the month saw the highest temperatures with the month ending on a cool, wet theme. The maximum temperature in the month was 24.8°C at 16:36 on the 7th, the highest since 25.2°C was recorded on August 23rd 2015. The lowest temperature was 7.1°C at 01:21 on the 3rd. The average temperature in the month was 14.3°C, 0.4°C above the June average. The average daily high temperature was 18.4°C and the average daily low temperature was 10.8°C, the highest [Read more]

Jun 032016
Weather review - May 2016

May 2016 was a month of above average temperatures and light winds. Rainfall totals were well below average. The end of the month finished on a very cold theme. The maximum temperature of 10.3°C, recorded at 14:10 on the 25th, was the lowest maximum temperature ever recorded here in the last week of May. The maximum temperature of 11.8°C, recorded at 11:39 on the 31st, was the lowest maximum temperature ever recorded here on the last day of May. The average temperature in the month was 11.7°C, 0.6°C above the mean, only 2014 being warmer at 11.8°C. The maximum temperature [Read more]

May 012016
Weather Review - April 2016

April 2016 was a cold month – only April of 2012 being colder. Winds and rainfall were slightly below average and the only snow that fell was towards the end of the month when cold Arctic air brought snow and hail showers, which were quick to disappear. The average temperature in the month was 6.7°C, 0.2°C higher than in 2012 and 1.7°C below the mean. The maximum temperature was 15.3°C at 15:36 on the 13th. This was the lowest maximum in April, the previous low being 16.3°C in 2012. The minimum temperature was -1.7°C at 05:45 on the 28th. This [Read more]

Apr 022016
Weather Review - March 2016

March 2016 saw temperatures slightly below average and the wettest March so far recorded here. Winds were lighter than average for the time of year. The average temperature in the month was 5.3°C, compared to the monthly mean of 5.7°C. The highest temperature recorded was 12.9°C at 15:11 on the 26th, with the lowest temperature being -2.7°C at 02:20 on the 8th. The average daily high of 8.7°C was 0.8°C below the mean of 9.5, while the average daily low was 2.1, 0.2°C below the mean. The high wind chill temperature was 11.7°C, the average was 4.1°C and the low [Read more]

Mar 022016
Weather Review - February 2016

The mild start to 2016 continued into February with above average temperatures being recorded, without any unusually hot days. The average for the month was 4.5°C, compared to the mean of 3.9°C. Rainfall for the month was slightly above average. The maximum temperature recorded was 13.6°C at 13.33 on the first day of the month, with the minimum being -3.2°C at 06:38 on the 24th. This was the lowest temperature since -3.5°C was recorded on February 2nd 2015. The average daily maximum temperature was 10.8°C and the average daily minimum was 1.4°C. The maximum dew point was 10.8°C at 14:36 [Read more]

Feb 012016
Weather Review - January 2016

January 2016 continued the run of unseasonally mild temperatures. The average temperature of 5.2°C was 0.2°C higher than the previous January best set in 2014, and 1.6°C higher than the January mean. The maximum recorded temperature was 13.3°C on the 24th at 15:37 and the minimum temperature was -1.6°C on the 16th at 04:07, the lowest temperature since -2.8°C was recorded on November 22nd 2015. The average maximum was 7.5°C, with the average minimum being  2.7°C. The maximum dew point was 11.8°C at 14:32 on the 24th, with the lowest dew point being -3.7°C on the 14th at 20:39. The monthly average dew point [Read more]

Jan 052016
2015 - a stay at home year

Despite having over a dozen overseas places on my ‘must visit’ list, 2015 was a year in which I stayed on these shores, unless you count the Channel Islands as abroad. Although outside of the United Kingdom, I don’t regard our annual holiday in Herm as a trip overseas. Holidays Apart from a day trip to Llandudno in April, my first holiday was a repeat trip to the Outer Hebrides, this time on an organised rail and coach trip. The last time I was in the Hebrides, Sandra and I flew there and drove the length of the Isles from Barra to Stornaway. [Read more]

Jan 012016
Weather Review - December 2015

December 2015 was a remarkable month. One area of low pressure after another swept in from the Atlantic bringing gale force winds, high rainfall and exceptionally mild temperatures. The average temperature in the month was 9.0°C, 5.2°C higher than the December mean and 3.2°C higher than the previous mildest December in 2013. The maximum temperature was 14.8°C at 08:01 on the 19th, with the 7th, 16th and 17th also beating the previous high of 13.0°C set on December 18th 2014. The maximum temperature of 12.9°C, recorded at 19:36, beat the previous warmest Christmas Day record, set in 2011, by 0.7°C, [Read more]

Dec 032015
Weather review - November 2015

November 2015 was a windy and dull month with above average temperatures and rainfall. The maximum temperature of 16.3°C, recorded on the 10th at 13:14, was the highest ever November temperature here, beating the 16.2°C set in 2010. The maximum temperature on that day was 16.3°C, the minimum temperature was 13.8°C, and the average for the day was 15.1°C (mean 7°C). The minimum temperature fell to -2.8°C at 03:01 on the 22nd, the lowest since -3.5°C was recorded on February 2nd 2015. The average daily high temperature was 11.4°C (mean 9.5°C) and the average daily low temperature was 5.8°C (mean [Read more]

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