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]

Oct 042014
Cold front signals return to normal temperatures

Throughout September, the weather in the British Isles was dominated by high pressure and a jet stream situated to the north of the islands. The jet stream’s position blocked the colder air from the Arctic from sinking over the country keeping the temperature several degrees above normal. September’s average temperature was 0.7°C above normal, and this continued over the first three days of October, which also had temperatures above normal. Despite the cold air block, temperatures in September were not spectacularly high, with a maximum of 21.8°C recorded on the 18th. This is considerably lower than the September record of [Read more]

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