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Monday, 24 December 2012
Sunday, 9 September 2012
What a glorious couple of days! Today's high is 28.7 degrees and yesterday was 27.0. The sky at 8am today was so blue with not a cloud in sight and walking through the fields really reminded me of being in India. I'm looking forward to the season changes and what the winter might hold but I have really enjoyed the weather this weekend.
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Sunday, 15 July 2012
|Rain total in mm - Jan - June|
|Mean temps by month and Year|
Monday, 4 June 2012
So how Hard did it rain? I've looked back over the last 7 years of data and there has only been 6 days where it has rained over 23mm and only one day where it rained more than 30mm. This was on the 27th June 2009, on this day it rained a total of 30.2mm. So the chances of it raining more than or equal to 30mm is 0.08%
Also in 2009 it rained 30.2mm in a space of 90 minutes, this year the rain was over 45minutes so the rain must have been really hard. If you look at the table below the rain rates where much higher than in 2009
Overall then a rare occurrence which has meant that May's rain levels ended up above average even though we are still in a middle of a drought!
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
At home I have had 10mm of rain today which means we have had the wettest April since I have started recording weather in 2005. So far with still 5 days to go we have had 50mm of rain on April.
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Sunday, 15 April 2012
Rain is back on the cards which we really need. This april we have had 20mm of rain so far compared to 0.6mm for the whole of April 2011.
Actually I anticipate April's rain to be slightly above average based on tonight's country file forecast. I recon the month will end up above 40mm with my record being 38mm in 2006. This is great news for the rivers and gardens.
Temps are also considerably down this April at 7.7 degrees this year compared to 13 degrees last year and 8.2 degrees in Feb this year. Today there was "snow" for a brief spell when I drove home from Cambridge and this afternoon there was actually hailstones.
Just to show how the weather is behaving around the world currently, in America today there have been dangerous tornados which has killed at least 5 people.
Here is a photo of today's hailstones bouncing of the roof and filling the gutter.
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Monday, 20 February 2012
The table below shows the rainfall since Oct 2005 and you will see that last year was exceptionally dry at 418mm of rain (March and April only had 3mm of rain!!) Jan and Feb 2012 have started off the same as well.
So far in Feb we have only had 8 days of rain compared to 16 days last year and a record of 25 days of rain in 2010.
The graph shows how the last 12 months rain has been compared to the average of the last 6.5 years.
Looks like the hosepipe won;t be coming out this year!!
Sunday, 12 February 2012
With Last week's snow still around how cold has this could spell been? Today we have had a little snow shower and whilst driving home from Newcastle on Thursday the snow on the A1 and M11 was bordering on dangerous with the outside lane covered in snow. Great fun though especially driving with 2 new Pirelli tyres on the rear of the car after one of my other tyres developed a puncture whilst driving up on Monday. Whilst I hate run flats due to the price it was good to be able to run to Leeds on them before having them changed.
So some comparisons to previous Feb months and to the cold spell in 2010:
|1st - 11th Feb||2012||-0.527|
|1st - 11th Feb||2011||7.8|
|1st - 11th Feb||2010||3.35|
|1st - 11th Feb||2009||1.32|
|1st - 11th Feb||2008||8.84|
|1st - 11th Feb||2007||4.2|
|1st - 11th Feb||2006||3.78|
|1st - 11th Dec||2010||0.245|
|25th - 9th Dec||2010||-0.586|
You can see November into December 2010 was colder by 0.05 degrees but the cold spell was longer, over 15 days where the current cold spell will probably only be over today at 12 days as temperatures will warm up from this afternoon.
So overall a great cold spell but not as great as 2010 where it was colder with 12 inches of snow and not 4.5!
Picture below is the snow still lying around.
Sunday, 5 February 2012
|4.5 inches of snow|
Well we received a dumping last night, in fact 4.5 inches of snow and much better than I thought. Temperatures have stayed low throughout today and this means the snow is still here.
The mean temp for today is - 0.4 and this is the 4th day in a row with a negative mean temp. To put this into perspective the last negative mean temp day for Cliffe Woods was the 26th December 2010. This just goes to show how mild 2011 really was.
With the temp outside dropping and snow still here there is expected to be a lot of black ice around overnight which is worrying as I need to drive to leeds first thing.
|Clearing the drive|
We had great fun in the snow today, cleaning the drive, the cars, having a snow ball fight and then finally taking the sledge to the main hill in Cliffe woods.
It was packed, probably 100+ people there, all having fun. Pavan had a few near misses on his sledge with sign posts and a parked car. Unfortunately his lack of skill at controlling the sledge and with a non helpful push from Pinky he ended up underneath a wooden fence of someone's front garden. This was game over and he cried all the way home....well until he decided it was fun to throw snowballs at a not very pleased Pinky!
I charged the camera up last night to take some photos, although I must admit it is difficult to find fresh and interesting photos It was fun to take photos of Pavan clearing the drive whilst dodging snow balls and I did get a nice macro shot of the snow. If you click on the picture and zoom in you can see some nice flakes.
|Snow taken with macro lens|
I think we are in the prime location in the SE as we are expected to keep the easterlies for some time but there is also a possibility of some northerlies. Either way it looks likely to stay cold for at least the next 7 days with some possible snow showers. 10 days ago I would have said winter was over but looks like Feb is going to be an interesting and cold month!
Saturday, 28 January 2012
|Daily Mail reports a change in weather|
Whilst we will probably see some frosts and maybe some ice days in the UK the rest of europe is looking extremely cold, with Germany forecast at - 22 degrees!!!
The chart below is for next Thursday at 06:00 and whilst cold I don't believe we will see any snow until at least Friday but probably Saturday. Living a few miles from the Thames I am hoping for some excellent Thames streamers if we have the anticipated easterly winds.
|Temperatures at 2m for Thursday 2nd Feb|
Sunday, 15 January 2012
This winter has been abysmal for cold weather. Yesterday was the 3rd day this winter where I have recorded a sub zero temperature. The low yesterday for Cliffe Woods as -1.5 compared to frost hollow Ellis, in Hawley, at -5.2. The local fields looked amazing in white and the photos below where quick snaps taking on the good old iPhone 4s!
Even with the cold nights and the forecast of more cold next week the lack of rain will probably mean limited snow. Last year was the 2nd driest year I have recorded at 418mm which is around 40% lower than a normal year. January 2012 has started of in a similar vain as well. Whilst we are stuck in a zonal weather pattern at the moment, with the atlantic determining our weather, it is not helping out with rain in the South East.
Oh and for the record I don't believe we will see and really cold weather in Jan or snow and whilst I will be disappointed I can't see Feb being any different either!
What a shite winter!!
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Then tonight, at sunset, after 8 mm of rain came a beautiful red sky. Looking at the horizon towards London was stunning but this picture from the iphone doesn't do it justice