Dec 012017
Weather review - November 2017

November 2017 was cooler than normal. Winds were lighter than average and rainfall was well below normal. The maximum temperature in the month was 14.5°C at 13:29 on the 22nd, 0.4°C below the average monthly maximum for November. The minimum temperature was -0.9°C at 05:05 on the 30th, 1.2°C above the average monthly minimum for the month.. This was the lowest temperature since -1.9°C was recorded on April 25th 2017. The first air frost of the autumn season occurred on the 13th when the temperature fell to -0.6°C. The monthly average temperature was 6.2°C, 0.6°C below the mean. The maximum [Read more]

Nov 012017
Weather review - October 2017

October 2017 was the driest October recorded here. Temperatures were well above average, with only October 2011 being warmer. The maximum temperature in the month was 20.1°C recorded at 14:14 on the 13th, 0.8°C above the average monthly maximum for October. This was the third warmest October day ever and the warmest October day since 25.6°C was recorded on October 3rd 2011. The warmest ever October day here was on October 1st 2011 when the temperature reached 27.4°C.The minimum temperature was 1.7°C recorded at 04:19 on the 30th, 0.4°C below the average monthly minimum for October. This was the lowest [Read more]

Oct 012017
Weather review - September 2017

September 2017 was the second wettest ever recorded here with rain being recorded on 23 days. Temperatures were below normal and winds were slightly below average. The maximum temperature in the month was 21.2°C recorded at 18:11 on the 4th, 2.6°C below the average monthly maximum. The minimum temperature was 4.8°C recorded at 08:04 on the 19th, 0.5°C below the average minimum for September. This was the lowest temperature since 4.1°C was recorded on May 11th 2017. The average temperature in the month was 12.7°C, 0.7°C below the September mean. The average daily maximum was 16.9°C, 0.8°C below the mean, [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]

Aug 012015
Weather review - July 2015

Due to software and hardware problems, the station software was changed from Weather Display for Windows to WeatherCat for Mac. This was a major change of systems and as a result, no data was recorded from July 10th until July 12th. As a result of the system change, some features are no longer available to the site, but there are many new and improved features. All of the old data is still available on the new site, although some features will look different The problems weren’t sufficient to lose data on the hottest day ever recorded here, neither did they [Read more]

Mar 082015
Winter was drier, sunnier and warmer than usual

The meteorological Winter ended on February 28th and records show that it was another mild season with below average rainfall. There were only three occasions when a significant snowfall was recorded, and the deepest recorded snow depth was only 9.0 centimetres. The average temperature for the season, which covers December, January and February, was 4.0°C, 0.3°C above the norm for this site. The highest temperature was 14.0°C and the lowest was -3.5°C. The average high temperature was 6.9°C, 0.6°C above the norm, and the average low temperature was 1.4°C, 0.1°C above the norm. Rainfall was only 98.0 millimetres, well below the average of [Read more]

Jan 112015
Winter storm brings record breaking gusts

A vicious Winter storm, strengthened by a powerful jet stream, brought record-breaking gusts of wind, and rapidly fluctuating temperatures to Bracken House on Friday (9th) and Saturday (10th).  The all-time record gust speed was broken when a gust of 49.5 mph was recorded at 06:23 on the 10th, from a westerly direction. One minute later, the January sustained wind speed record was also beaten with a speed of 31.1 mph. The storm also brought some record-breaking temperatures for January. At 17:37 on the 9th, the temperature reached 14.0°C, beating the previous January high of 13.3°C recorded at 16:31 on January 29th 2013. The temperature remained around [Read more]

Dec 272014
Weather bomb dumps 9 cms of snow on Selston

A weather bomb is defined as an intense low pressure system with a central pressure that falls 24 millibars in a 24-hour period. This phenomenon is known to meteorologists as ‘explosive cyclogenesis’ and often leads to high winds and heavy rain, or snow, if the temperature is low enough. On Boxing Day evening, this is exactly what happened as the ‘bomb’ tracked across North Wales, the North Midlands and South Yorkshire. Unfortunately, the southern edge of the system passed over Bracken House resulting in nine centimetres of snow falling between 17:00 and 02:00 the following morning. The maximum pressure recorded was 1030.0 [Read more]

Feb 232014
How wet has it been in Selston?

According to provisional figures from the Met Office, the United Kingdom received 486.8 millimetres of rain between 1st December 2013 and 19th February 2014, making it the wettest Winter ever. This beat the previous record of 485.1 millimetres of rain set in 1995. With the meteorological Winter not due to end until the last day of February, the total rainfall amount could easily top 500 millimetres. While the worst affected areas have been Wales, the West Country and Southern England, the East Midlands has escaped the worst of the downpours and floods. But, how wet has it been in Selston? Well, [Read more]

Oct 282013
What happened to the Great Storm?

The press called it a Megastorm, the Storm of the Century and the Great Storm, but residents in the Midlands and the North were left wondering what all the fuss was about. So, what happened to the Great Storm of 2013? The sea wall at Dawlish during a stormThe storm was first identified several days before it struck, when computer forecasting models noted an area of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, and predicted that this air would collide with a mass of cold air from the Arctic and create a low pressure system in the Atlantic. The developing [Read more]

Jan 312013
60 years on ...

I was born 60 years ago today in my grandparent’s small, two-up, two-down Victorian terrace on Albert Street, Eastwood. The house was part of a block with Scargill Street, Victoria Street and Princes Street forming the other sides to the ‘square’, as it was called. The house was demolished years ago, but I can still remember the tin bath hanging outside, the ‘copper’, also outside, which was the only way of heating water for the house, and the black iron kitchen ‘range’, which was the source of heating for the house and was where all the food was cooked. There [Read more]

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