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]
Hi there everybody. This is just a quick note to tell you about a new page. I’ve created a page for Durham Weather Videos that I’ve either created myself or featured as particularly relevant. New videos will appear as I add them to the playlist.
While I was poking about on YouTube looking for Jack Scott videos, I rediscovered this series by Richard Hammond (of Top Gear fame). It’s called ‘Wild Weather’ and is worth a watch. Enjoy! Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role that water plays. Without water there would be almost no weather: no rain, no hail, no snow, no clouds. So Richard goes in pursuit of water in all it’s forms. He tries to weigh a cloud, finds out how rain could crush a car, and gets involved in starting an avalanche. Richard Hammond investigates the crucial role that temperature plays in … [Read more]
Liam Dutton’s 10 snowiest places in the UK. Where are the 10 snowiest places in the UK? Each winter, there is often much speculation as to how much snow will fall in the UK. The prospect of snow in the forecast generates a lot of talk and excitement about the weather. Social media becomes a frenzy of snow pictures with extensive use of the hashtag #uksnow. Our very own County Durham features in at No. 5 with Ken Cook’s site at Copley, which averages 53 days per year of snow on average. Widdybank Fell up near Cow Green Reservoir is also … [Read more]
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of John (Jack) Scott. Jack was born in Ferryhill in County Durham on 9th November 1923. I lived in Ferryhill when I first became interested in weather and one of Jack’s relatives Janice lived up our street and was big mates with my sister at school. Jack had a 20 year broadcasting career on TV, working for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He first appeared on our screens in 1969 as the BBC’s 20th Weather Forecaster. He stayed with BBC until he retired in 1983. After he drew his Civil Service … [Read more]
In this video we take a look at the science behind 5 of the weirdest weather phenomena. Willy willy Also known as dust devils, Willy willys are whirlwinds that can reach over 1000 feet in height. It is the dust and debris that get caught within them that makes them visible. They mainly occur in desert and semi-arid areas, where the ground is dry and high surface temperatures produce strong updrafts. In Navajo culture, willy-willy were thought to be the ghosts or spirits of the dead Brocken spectre A Brocken spectre is the large magnified shadow of an observer, cast … [Read more]
Most of us see clouds every day, but only very occasionally will you be lucky enough to spot one of these 7 particularly rare types – some of which can only be seen in very specific circumstances or locations. Noctilucent clouds One of the rarest and most beautiful of all cloud types. They are found at very high altitudes – up to around 250,000 feet Visible on clear, summers nights between 45 °N and 80°N latitude ,they appear illuminated by a blue or occasionally red or green light. We still do not know much about how they are formed, but … [Read more]
New Videos – Aurora Borealis + Cloudscapes I’ve recently started creating videos on YouTube centred around Weather, and here’s the very first one that I put together – an awesome compilation of Aurora shots. We’re not quite far enough North to see the Northern Lights on a regular basis, but it shows itself occasionally when conditions are favourable. Anyhow, enjoy! Please like the videos and Subscribe to my channel if you want me to make more videos. The second one is a selection of Cloudscapes.
You’ll see much talk in the papers over the coming summer months of heatwaves. The daily rags describe any thing remotely warm as a ‘heatwave’, but is there a strict definition of a heatwave? This Met Office video sheds some light on it. “A heatwave is an extended period of hot weather relative to the expected conditions of the area at that time of year, which may be accompanied by high humidity, but what is the definition for a UK heatwave?”
This was a video produced by Channel 4 in 2007, supposedly debunking Global Warming/Climate Change. Discussion ensued on The North East Forum at the time. This was in 2007 and the warming has got worse since then. It’s an interesting discussion and fairly typical of arguments at the time. Here’s a transcript. Barcode : I notice the people who were involved in the film are respected scientists who are not afraid to delve into historic fact to prove their theories! Something that the ‘we are to blame for global warming’ mob seem to avoid at all costs. Just visit a site … [Read more]