Jul 012017
Weather review - June 2017

June 2017 continued the run of above average temperatures and was the warmest June so far recorded here. Winds were slightly stronger than average and rainfall totals were lower than the norm. The highest temperature in the month was 29.5°C recorded at 16:19 on the 19th, the highest temperature ever recorded in June here. This was also the highest temperature of 2017 so far and the highest since 30.1°C was recorded on July 19th 2016. The temperature exceeded 25°C on four occasions during the month, the first time this has happened since July 2014. The lowest temperature in the month [Read more]

Jun 022017
Weather review - May 2017

May 2017 was warmer than the average, with rainfall totals below normal. Winds were lighter than average. So far this year, only January has recorded average temperatures below normal. The highest temperature in the month was 25.2°C recorded at 15:39 on the 25th. This was the highest temperature since 25.7°C was recorded on September 14th 2016. The lowest temperature in the month was 2.1°C recorded at 06:32 on the 10th. The average for the month was 12.6°C, 1.3°C above the mean. The average daily high temperature was 17.0°C, 1.5°C above the mean, with the average daily low temperature being 8.6°C, [Read more]

May 022017
Weather review - April 2017

April 2017 was the driest month ever recorded here with only six millimetres of rainfall. Winds were the lightest ever in April and temperatures were equal to the average. The highest temperature in the month was 21.4°C recorded at 14:43 on the 9th, the highest temperature since 24.8°C was recorded on September 15th 2016. At 05:35 on the 25th, the temperature fell to -1.9°C, equalling the lowest April temperature ever here set on April 2nd 2013. The average temperature in the month was 8.5°C, exactly the same as the April mean. The average daily high temperature was 12.9°C, also the [Read more]

Apr 022017
Weather review - March 2017

March 2017 was the warmest March ever recorded here. Temperatures were 2.0°C above the average. Rainfall was above average and no snow or frost was recorded. This was the first March that the minimum temperature was above freezing. Winds were stronger than average. The highest temperature in the month was 18.3°C at 17:24 on the 30th, the highest temperature since 20.3°C was recorded on September 28th 2016. The lowest temperature was 0.5°C at 02:12 on the 2nd. This is the highest minimum March temperature ever recorded, beating the previous high of -0.3°C set in 2012. The average temperature in the [Read more]

Mar 042017
Mandarin brings some colour to the pond

Eighteen months after the last new bird visitor to the grounds of Bracken House, a mandarin made an appearance on the large pond bringing some much-needed colour. The bird, a male, was the 44th different bird species noted since recording started in February 2010. The mandarin arrived during the afternoon and seemed to enjoy swimming around with the pair of mallards who visit the pond almost every day. The resident moorhens weren’t too impressed with the new arrival and kept their distance. Mandarins were introduced to the UK from China and have become established following escapes from captivity. The main [Read more]

Mar 032017
Weather review - February 2017

February 2017 was 2.5°C warmer than average, with a maximum temperature of 14.6°C. Rainfall was slightly below average and only 3.5 mm of snow was noted. Winds were average, even though an all-time record wind gust of 50 mph was recorded. The maximum temperature in the month was 14.6°C recorded at 13:46 on the 20th. This was the second highest February temperature, only beaten by the 15.6°C recorded on February 23rd 2012. The minimum temperature was -1.6°C recorded at 10:25 on the 6th, with the monthly average being 5.6°C, 1.4°C above the mean. This was the second highest February monthly average, beaten [Read more]

Feb 032017
Weather review - January 2017

The first month of 2017 was drier and slightly cooler than average. Winds were much lighter than normal. The highest temperature in the month was 10.6°C recorded at 05:54 on the 11th, with the coldest temperature being -3.9°C recorded at 03:01 on the 27th, the lowest temperature since -5.4°C was recorded on January 17th 2013. On the 26th, the temperature reached a maximum of 0.9°C at 01:01 before falling below freezing at 02:50. The temperature remained below freezing for the rest of the day, reaching a minimum of -2.9°C at 23:58. The average temperature in the month was 3.6°C. The minimum [Read more]

Jan 022017
Weather review - December 2016

December 2016 was dominated by high pressure, so much so that the month average of 1024.9 was the highest ever recorded here in December. The maximum pressure was 1043.9 millibars, recorded at 19:20 on the 27th, also a record high for December. This was the second highest pressure ever recorded here, beaten only by the 1044.6 millibars on February 7th 2012. The lowest pressure in the month was 1010.2 millibars at 17:30 on the 23rd, this was the highest minimum pressure in any December. The highest temperature recorded in the month was 13.3°C at 13:10 on the 8th, with the [Read more]

Dec 132016
Tromsø in Winter (136 photos)

Between December 5th and 9th 2013, I spent four days in Tromsø, Norway, with friends Sue and Simon, hoping to see the Northern Lights. This is a photo album of our trip. This is the first 100 photos in the gallery. To see the other 36, go to the Flickr page here. Related articles Everything you need to know about visiting the Arctic

Dec 012016
Weather review - November 2016

November 2016 was much colder than average, with only November 2010 being cooler. Rainfall and wind speeds were also below average. The highest temperature recorded in the month was 14.1°C at 11:19 on the 15th. The lowest temperature was -2.0°C at 23:00 on the 29th, the lowest temperature since -2.7deg;C was recorded on March 8th. The monthly average temperature was 5.3°C, 1.6°C below the mean. The average daily high was 8.1°C, 1.7°C below the mean, and the average daily low was 2.6°C, 1.6°C below the mean. The warmest day was the 15th with an average temperature of 11.9°C, and the [Read more]

Nov 032016
Grey wagtail becomes 43rd bird species to visit

On the 3rd November 2016, a grey wagtail was seen perched on a chair on the patio. The bird was preening itself for a few minutes before flying off over the large field. Grey wagtail (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The grey wagtail usually nests near fast-flowing water in hilly areas, but visits lowland waters in winter. The grey wagtail is resident over most of England and Wales, but is only a summer visitor in Scotland. In winter they can be seen around farmyards and lowland streams, even in city centres. Scarce in central and eastern England in summer and from upland areas [Read more]

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