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]

Storm Warning – Storm Arwen threatens North East

WEATHER WARNING !! We don’t need to do this often here, but the North East of England is at threat from Storm Arwen, an extremely potent storm system that will affect us overnight on 26th/27th of November. Here is the advisory. Please take heed and keep yourselves safe. No doubt there’ll be the urge to capture epic weather pics/videos, but please don’t put yourselves at risk. I’ll be doing a special article once we get through it. Batten down the hatches and fingers crossed. UPDATE : Aftermath Photos UPDATE by Cllr Chris Fletcher on 27/11/2021 Dear all I thought that … [Read more]

New Product – Elikliv Indoor CO2 Meter CO2 Monitor

Why Do We Need an Air Quality Monitor? Why do we need to monitor the carbon dioxide in our house ? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is not normally harmful to the human body when it is at a low level, but when it increases above a certain amount, it will start to affect the breathing of humans (and other organisms). The reason is that the concentration of carbonic acid in the blood increases, the acidity increases, and then acidosis occurs. Excess Carbon Dioxide can actually kill you. The Indoor CO2 Standard: 350~450ppm: Same as general outdoor environment 350~1000ppm: The air is … [Read more]

October 5th 2021 – What a Deluge!

As some of you may have noticed, yesterday was extremely wet! After a long spell with no real heavy rain, it seemingly all arrived on one day. We’d been warned to expect heavy rainfall, but it proved even wetter than that. Durham and North East England just seemed to be in the wrong place this time! Here’s the record from my log in Gilesgate. It shows the final total of rainfall for 5th October. 43.8mm is quite an impressive total. The 40mm mark in a day isn’t breached too often, and looking back into the records it was the wettest … [Read more]

Monthly Weather Summary – September 2021

Apologies for the late posting of September’s report. September 2021 continued the warm summer theme into autumn. There wasn’t exactly an abundance of sunshine, but it had a very pleasant feel to it. As is usual with September, the temperatures don’t really start to drop away until the very end, and this year was no exception. The conditions for September 2021 in Durham (climate averages in brackets) : Mean Max Temp : 19.9 (17.2) degC Mean Min Temp : 12.3 (9.0) degC Mean Temperature : 15.4 (13.1) degC Mean Rainfall : 48.7 (55.4) mm The temperature actually reached 20 degC … [Read more]

The Last 5 Octobers in the UK According to Trevor Harley

October 2016 A very anticyclonic month, with high pressure centred over Scandinavia, so generally a very easterly month. The end of the month was very mild. Overall very slightly warmer than the long-term average, but very dry, with 38% of the average rainfall. It was wettest in places most affected by showers from the east. It was sunnier than average (117%), particularly in the west; northern Scotland recorded its sunniest October since records began (only in 1929). The highest temperature of the month was 22.2C at Trawscoed (Dyfed) on the 31st, and the lowest -5.0C at Tulloch Bridge (Invernessshire) on … [Read more]