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]
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]
At 22:03 tonight (December 21st 2014), the Sun will shine directly over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere, which is the southern-most position the Sun reaches before reversing its direction and heading back towards the Northern Hemisphere. This is called the Winter Solstice, or Summer Solstice if you’re reading this in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the day with the shortest sunlight hours, or longest if you’re in the south. Solstice comes from the Latin solstitium, meaning the Sun stands still. In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the December Solstice as the start of the winter [Read more]
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]
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]
Weatherwise, January 2014 was a remarkable month with several records falling, and precipitation being recorded on every day of the month. It was the mildest, wettest and windiest January recorded so far at Bracken House. The incessant rain was the main feature of the month with a total of 90.4 millimetres being recorded. This was 46.7 millimetres more than the January average of 43.7 millimetres. For the first time, precipitation, a combination of rain, snow melt, frost melt and fog, was recorded every day, with the wettest day being the 31st, when 9.6 millimetres was recorded. Evapotranspiration for the month [Read more]
In the early hours of January 12th 2014, the temperature at Bracken House dipped below 0°C, this was the first time an air frost has been recorded here since November 26th 2013. The spell of 46 days without any sub-zero temperatures is easily the longest spell recorded here in the Winter period which runs from the beginning of December until the end of February. The previous best period of above zero Winter temperatures was one of 26 days, between December 15th 2012 and January 9th 2013. In November 2013, meteorologically classed as Autumn, there were five days of sub-zero temperatures, with the [Read more]
Yesterday’s high temperature of 1.4°C was recorded as late at 23:02 after a strong north-westerly breeze picked up during the evening. The highest wind gust yesterday was 17.0 mph recorded at 23:44. After this peak, the temperature started to fall, reaching a low of -2.1°C at 05:48, before the temperature started the struggle to reach positive figures. After the five centimetre snowfall on Monday (14th), the first snowfall of 2013, only a light dusting fell overnight into Tuesday.