Exclusive content for Durham Weather supporters

Hi there. The Eagle-eyed of you will have noticed a pop-up box lurking on the site, inviting you to sign up. This clever little thing allows me to annoy uncomitted visitors, but also rather cunningly it allows me to provide ‘members only’ content to people who support me by signing up. Running a website on a voluntary basis is unlikely to make me rich, but if I can make you feel special  while giving you exclusive content then I think it’s worth the trade. This is what I intend to do here at Durham Weather. I’ll be providing exclusive content … [Read more]

Weather Lore Calendar – Sense or Nonsense?

Sheep on the Durham Hills in front of a sunset

For centuries, farmers and sailors – people whose livelihoods depend on the weather – relied on ‘lore’ to forecast the weather. They quickly connected changes in nature with rhythms or patterns of the weather. Here is a collection of proverbs relating to months, weeks and days. Some of them make scientific sense, but some of them also sound like something Jim from The Vicar of Dibley would come up with! Do you know any others? Let me know in the comments. January Fog in January brings a wet Spring [13th] St. Hilary, the coldest day of the year [22nd] If … [Read more]

How Heavy is ‘Heavy’? Rain, sleet and snow

Raining Cats and Dogs

Alright my weather mateys. Who’s sick of wet weather? If you didn’t put your hand up there you must be some kind of weirdo. It seems like it’s been raining for years non-stop now. The dry soils of last spring are now a distant memory. We often hear it said that it’s ‘raining cats and dogs’ and even ‘stair rods’, but is there an official way of telling just how ‘heavy’ heavy rain really is? Well, those that spend their day defining all things meteorological do indeed have the official definitions all scribbled on the back of an envelope and … [Read more]

A quick plug for Aycliffe Fell Walking Club

This is a quick plug for another website I host, for Aycliffe Fell Walking Club. If you are from the local area and you like walking in the hills and countryside of the North East, here’s some details: Aycliffe Fell Walking Club is based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham (near Darlington in the North East of England) and is open to everyone interested in fell walking or rambling. It caters for walkers of all abilities and ages. It became Aycliffe Fell Walking Club in 2011. Each outing has a variety of walks of different lengths and difficulty ratings and transport … [Read more]

Some photographs from snowy weather January 6th-8th 2021

Snow on the roof of Durham Cathedral

The North East of England was taken a little by surprise on Friday morning, the 8th January 2021. An area of rain had approached from the North West and turned to snow after midnight. Some places received 8-10 hours of continuous snow. Depth increased dramatically with altitude. In Durham City we had only 2-3 inches of snow, but in some of the hillier parts of County Durham snow depths of 6-10 inches were common, especially high ground to the south of the region. Here are some photographs of my own and taken by friends on social media today. Enjoy!   … [Read more]

Netatmo Weather Station Review

The NetAtmo Weather Station Ensemble

NetAtmo Weather Station Review I’ve been using the stylish NetAtmo Weather Station for about 2 years now so I’ve given it a good test. Within that time, i’ve had a few teething problems, but these are almost inevitable with Weather Stations and the more different types you use, the more you realise they all have their own quirks. The NetAtmo Weather Station is no different. Setting it up is quite easy though as it’s all done through the NetAtmo mobile app, which then connects all of the modules wirelessly to your wifi network. The base station is mains powered, whilst the external … [Read more]

The last 5 Januarys in the UK according to Trevor Harley

2016 Mild and wet. The first week was extremely unsettled leading to extraordinarily high rainfall totals in east Scotland, with widespread severe flooding. The second week was much colder, with an incursion of Arctic air. It was then mostly unsettled and mild. The highest temperature of the month was 16.5C at Achnagart (Highland) on the 24th, and the lowest temperature was -12.4C at Kinbrace on the morning of the 19th. The rainfall total was 152% of average, making it the fourth wettest January on record; it was the second wettest calendar month of all in east Scotland – just beaten … [Read more]