The recent trend has been that winter months in Durham have been on the dry side. January 2020 was very much in that vein. It was also very mild for first week. On the 8th/9th there was overnight snow in the High Pennines, although only rain fell elsewhere. This was heavy in places. This was … Read more
As Christmas is over for another year, and we’ve been disappointed by the lack of snow again, we start looking forward to the New Year. What’s sort of weather is normal for Durham in January? Well. looking at the means for Durham, and the extremes, we can see what range is ‘normal’. Durham Weather Extremes … Read more
This is archived content that used to be on the Met Office website, but isn’t anymore so I decided to resurrect it for posterity, adding my own comments and adaptions. It’s a page to refer to when people talk about the harsh winters of 1946-47 and 1962-63, the two UK winters that are used as … Read more
The New Year opened much the same as the old one ended, with dry benign weather and extraordinarily persistent High Pressure for the first half of the month. The high was a cloudy one, so temperatures stayed above freezing, with no fog or frost. It’s very unusual for a January to have such a high … Read more
Gritters and Snowploughs battle to keep County Durham roads open Teams across County Durham have been working hard to ensure life in the county is disrupted as little as possible despite snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Gritters and snowploughs were in action last night on all the county’s priority one routes, in addition to priority … Read more
Fantastic footage from the storm surge that hit the East Coast of County Durham on 13th January 2017. The waves almost completely engulfed the harbour wall. Video by Jack Turton. Here’s more footage from Seaburn near Sunderland. The sea actually looks like it’s boiling. This footage from Mrs Doyle goes fishing.
A diary of the weather from late December 2009 and early 2010. It was a very snowy winter and at times also very cold in Durham. December 2009 – January 2010 Really cold weather kicked in around 17th December 2009 and didn’t let up for a month. Some lowland places had over a month of … Read more