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 …

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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 …

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September 1919 – Heatwave then snow

Just after the end of WW2, September 1919 was an unusual month as it went from a late summer heatwave to early winter snowfall in the space of few days. A hot southerly flow allowed temperatures to climb as high as 32.2C at Raunds on the 11th September 1919. However by the 12th, the windflow came in from the North Sea and maxima temperatures plunged to the teens. The real dramatic change came on the 18th, when a low pressure system tracked to the north of Scotland, deepened as it moved into the North Sea and a vigorous cold front …

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The last 5 Septembers in the UK according to Trevor Harley

2016 An extraordinary month. Overall very warm, with a CET of 14.6, making it the second equal warmest September from 1910. The first five days were unsettled, and then southerly winds brought hot humid air to the south. 29.3C was recorded at Gravesend on the 7th. It was slightly cooler from the 8th to the 12th, and then 34.4C was recorded at Gravesend on Tuesday 13th, a real record breaker, in many ways: it is the hottest day of the year; it is remarkably late (you have to go back to 1926 for one later); it is the first time …

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November 2020 Monthly Weather Report – Mild and Dry

Forgive me for saying it, but I found the weather of November 2020 quite boring. There were no extremes of temperature, no extremely wet days and even the normally strong and boisterous autumn winds had little to say for themselves. The month began with low pressure in charge, dropping 10.1mm of rain in the first couple of days, but it was mild, and the mildness continued pretty much until the 18th. The actual maximum temperature occurred on the 5th of the month, when 16.7 degC was reached. The minimum came at the end, with the first air frost since Spring. …

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October 2020 starts very wet with Storm Alex, then continues moist.

Rainfall October opened very wet. A total of 32.7mm of rain was recorded at Gilesgate on 3rd resulted in a rapid rise in the River Wear, overtopping the banks in places, and reaching 2.76m at 8:15am on the 4th. The river level fell back rapidly and had dropped a metre by mid afternoon. It was the wettest day of 2020 so far and proved to be the wettest day of the month. The wet theme continued after the deluge on the 3rd (declared the wettest day on record country-wide by the Met Office). There were very wet days recorded on …

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Monthly Weather Summary September 2020

Here’s what happened in September 2020. After a wet day on the 2nd, September weather was quite decent until the 22nd. There was a short heatwave in mid-month when the temperature hit a lovely 26.6 degC. Towards the end of the month the weather turned very Autumnal indeed. Temps plummeted after the deluge on 23rd, and the maximum temperature on 24th was only 10.2 degC. Quite cold for September. In fact I’m told it was one of (bottom 20) the coldest September days since 1900. This cold spell was due to a depression in the Southern North Sea dragging in …

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November 2019 – Wet, Dull and Pretty Dreadful

Cold, Wet and Cheerless Once again I have poor weather to report for this month. Particularly, high rainfall totals again and an incredible dullness that depressed. I know that November is sometimes a cheerless month, but this one has been really rubbish. The weather has also been cold, with depressed maxima by day, although not too cold at night until the last few days. I have had a bad cold for most of November and I blame it almost completely on the rank weather November has served up for us all. No sun – no moon! No morn – no …

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A Met Office Rainfall Graphic – Does it Help?

Here’s a graphic released by the Met Office, attempting to illustrate the wet weather we’ve had in the first half of November 2019. Now, the first half of November has been pretty wet. In fact 85mm of rain has fallen on Gilesgate since the start of November, continuing the soggy 6 months we’ve had. I looked at the map and was surprised to see that the Durham was in the white area. Usually this means ‘around average’ on Met Office maps. I checked the key and it says that white represents between 75 and 125% of average. Now this surprised …

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Wharton Park, Durham October 30th 2019

Wonderful Autumn colours and views across to Durham Cathedral and Castle from Wharton Park, just before Halloween