Durham Weather is Fantastic!
This Weather blog is dedicated to my weather station in Durham City. Unlike other sites in the top 10 Durham Weather results at Google, this one is a real one from a Durham resident.
I have been totally geeky about the weather ever since the blazing hot summers of 1975 & 1976. I started scribbling my weather measurements in a little notebook whilst still at school. Thinking that nobody else would be interested in them. But happily, I was wrong.
The Durham Climate
Durham weather is different as gardens are typically more sheltered, having hedges and plants rather than yards and concrete and outside netties (toilets). Temperatures can be modified a bit, but it’s gusty in windy weather as there are more buildings to disrupt the direct wind flow.
Have a look at the Durham Climate page detailing the typical climate of Durham and the North East and what to expect here.
What Weather Station do I recommend ?
At the moment, I’m using the rather smart NetAtmo Weather Station. Everything is connected using wireless. I record temperature and rainfall, but not wind speed and direction. I don’t actually have anywhere to mount the wind gauge in a meaningful position, and really I’m just chicken about climbing on the roof to site it properly.
The shiny NetAtmo gizmos log everything automatically. All the averages and the figures are calculated for me, like magic itself. It’s a neat little system and not too expensive to own (under 150 quid). The sensors are battery operated and the AAA batteries last for ages.
If you want to buy a weather station, you can get one in the Durham Weather Shop.
Durham Weather Website Content
I’ve built up quite a pile of Durham Weather related photos over the years, which i’d like to show here if I can. There are photos of clouds, flooding, sunrises/sunsets, snow, sunshine and just nature and Big Skies. I try to write a little bit about each one and schedule them as if they were posted at the time I took them. These are all on my Durham Weather Blog. The blog also features monthly weather summaries, and any other content relevant to Durham City weather.
Durham Weather Photos
I’d also like to display any weather themed photographs sent by my kind readers. Please note I’d require accurate timings and locations of any you send if you could. There’s nothing worse than a photo where no-one knows who it was or where and when it was taken, I’m sure you’ll agree.
We’ve all got plenty of black and white photos of nameless, subjects and places in shoe boxes like that haven’t we? So I want to avoid that if I can. I’ll give you a full credit for any weather photos I feature (your name in lights). I can’t afford to pay you though, unless you accept Coke ring-pulls as a weird kind of Wampum currency. Please contact me if you are interested.
Ferryhill Weather Website Archive
In addition to the Durham weather data i’m collecting now, I’ve also copied over the data from my old Ferryhill weather website. I was at my previous house for 18 years and have records from the end of 1999 up until 2011.
It’s got the legendary snowy winter of 2010 in amongst it, so worth keeping for posterity. Ferryhill is about 6 miles due South of Durham City and a lot higher up. About 250ft higher up actually, right on top of a hill next to the old Great North Road. The main railway to London goes through it too, but currently it doesn’t stop there!
I always got a good agreement between the Ferryhill stuff and the official Durham University Observatory site which I regularly mention in my blog posts here. It is the official Met Office one after all, so better keep in sync. It gives me kudos, see. The old monthly summaries are over on the Ferryhill Archive page.
Bonacina/O’Hara UK Snowfall History
This is a continuation of the UK Snowfall History catalog developed by an old Italian guy called Leo Bonacina. It shows UK snowfall by year and I add to it (because little old Leo is long dead) with information from other sources.
This brought it more or less up to date (the original only covered 1875-1975, a bit before my time). Each winter has been classified as ‘Little’, ‘Average’, ‘Snowy’ or ‘Very Snowy’ . They are colour coded, depending on the amount of snow and how generally it fell. I try to add to it each winter.
It doesn’t just show Durham snow or north east snow. They are referenced in the UK snowfall statistics. As I say, for my sins against the human race I have continued the UK snowfall history series at Durham Weather. It has been extended to the present day. I try to summarise each winter snowfall in the same Leo Bonacina way.
See the UK snowfall statistics in the Bonacina/O’Hara UK Snowfall History page here.
Get the Met Office weather for Durham here