Climate Change – Durham Weather’s Thoughts

picture of Hazy red sun caused by forest fires

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m running a weather blog here at Durham Weather, and even though every man and his dog has voiced their opinion on the subject of Climate Change, up until now i’ve kept quiet about it. Suddenly, everyone is an expert It seems that in the last few years everyone has become bolder and added their two penneth to the debate. Some folk just make fools of themselves on Facebook and clearly have no knowledge of what they are spouting. They do it anyway because they think it makes them look intelligent, but in fact it … [Read more]

Tonga volcanic eruption detected in Durham!

On 15th January a sub-marine volcano, Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai, just off the coast of Tonga, exploded with incredible force. The blast wave was visible from space and caused tsunami waves all around the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. The eruption was some 10,000 miles away from the UK, on the other side of the World. For those that don’t know, Tonga is close to New Zealand, so a long way away. On the morning of the 16th, reports started coming in on Twitter from different parts of the globe, showing disturbances in atmospheric pressure. I looked on my weather station … [Read more]

New Fundraiser For Those Affected By Weather

Hi, i’m Dave. I run Durham Weather Station. As a weather enthusiast, I tend to get excited about extreme weather events, as do most of my fellow weather nuts, but we must remember that there’s usually someone suffering because of these events. Sometimes I feel quite wary about that. Storm Arwen hit us hard. So, I’d like to establish a fund where we can help people affected by their own little weather disasters. Could be flooding, wind damage or anything weather related around the Durham area. We won’t be able to cover all costs, but i’d like to think we … [Read more]

New 1991-2020 Climate Means for Durham

The latest 30 years means have been published by the Met Office. The period covers the 30 years between 1991-2020 and will be used going forward as a representative of climate norms. The figures show a warming of about 0.3 degC overall, particularly in late winter/spring, with a slight increase in sunshine, but also wetter, particularly the 2nd half of the year. Durham’s new figures are below (previous 1981-2010 figures in parentheses) January Mean Max: 6.9 degC (6.6) Mean Min: 1.3 degC (0.9) Mean: 4.1 degC (3.8) Air Frosts: 10.3 days (11.3) Sunshine: 60.9 hrs (58.6) Rainfall: 51.8 mm (52.3) … [Read more]

December 2021 Weather in Durham – Dull and Boring

December 2021 turned into a very dull and boring month after all the activity at the end of November because of Storm Arwen. When I say dull, I mean that there really were long periods when the sun just didn’t shine for us. Seemingly endless periods of damp, clammy cloudy weather. This was especially the case around mid-month, when anticyclonic gloom was a feature. The lack of sunshine was evident in daily maxima, which stayed suppressed below 8 degC for most of the month, noteably 2nd-10th and 17th-28th. The synoptics before Christmas were shaping up to give us a snowy … [Read more]