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]

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]

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

Sep 012016
Weather review - August 2016

August 2016 was a month of above average temperatures and lower than average rainfall, despite over 35 millimetres of rain falling in the last 13 days. Winds were slightly higher than normal for the time of year. The highest temperature occurred on the 23rd at 17:00, when the thermometer reached 27.2°C, making it the second warmest day of the year, beaten only by the 30.1°C recorded on July 19th. The minimum temperature was 7.6°C recorded at 05:38 on the 9th, and the average for the month was 16.3°C, the highest August average ever recorded here, beating the mean by 0.9°C. [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]

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]

Mar 022015
Weather review - February 2015

February 2015 was cooler and sunnier than average. Rainfall and snowfall were both less than average and winds were lighter than normal. This was also the first month since August 2014 to record below average temperatures. The warmest day was reserved for the last day when the temperature reached 10.1°C at 13:00. The lowest temperature recorded was -3.5°C at 02:54 on the 2nd, the lowest since -3.7°C was recorded on March 14th 2013. The average temperature for the month was 3.5°C, 0.4°C lower than the mean for February. The average daily maximum was 6.3°C, 0.2°C below the mean, and the [Read more]

Feb 022015
Weather review - January 2015

January 2015 was slightly warmer and sunnier than average. Rainfall was less than normal but the month was the windiest January ever recorded here. Mild temperatures heralded the start of 2015 with a temperature of 11.9°C on New Year’s Day, the highest ever recorded here. The highest ever January temperature was also set at 17:37 on the 9th when the thermometer reached 14.0°C. This beat the previous best of 13.3°C recorded at 16:31 on January 29th 2013. The minimum temperature in the month was -3.1°C at 06:50 on the 19th. The last time a lower temperature was recorded was March [Read more]

Jan 022015
Weather review - December 2014

The weather in December 2014 was a very mixed bag with alternating mild and cold spells before the first significant snowfall of the Winter on the 26th. The all-time highest December temperature record was broken as was the yearly minimum temperature. Precipitation was well below average and winds were slightly stronger than normal. The maximum temperature in the month was 13.0°C on the 18th at 13:49 and the minimum temperature was -3.1°C on the 30th at 05:42. This was the highest December temperature recorded here, beating the previous best, set on December 26th 2011, by 0.1°C. The minimum temperature on this [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]

Dec 052014
Will 2014 have a White Christmas?

Around this time of the year, newspapers are awash with weather related stories, after all, weather sells copies. The prospects of a White Christmas is always discussed in these reports, but how likely are we to have one this year? Firstly, we need to decide what the definition of a White Christmas actually is. To most people, it means that snow is falling on to a ground already covered with snow. Robins will be hopping from post to post looking for scraps of food on the surface, while squirrels scratch in the snow looking for previously buried food. Unfortunately for snow-lovers, [Read more]

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