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 …

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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 …

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October 5th 2021 – What a Deluge!

As some of you may have noticed, yesterday (October 5th 2021) 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 2021. The final accumulated 43.8mm is quite an impressive total. The 40mm mark of rainfall in a single day isn’t breached too often …

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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 …

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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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August 2021 – Disappointing end to summer

After two good months in June and July, August was the party pooper. Also, our party wasn’t spoilt as badly as those in some Southern areas, but it was easily the worst of the three summer months of 2021. Mean Temp : 15.7C At one point, the mean was running at about 16.2C, but dropped towards the end of the month due to a cooler spell. It got to 20.0C on 18 days, but only one day went as high as 25.0C (3rd). The mean maximum actually turned out to be exactly 20.0C and the mean minimum was not too …

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The last 5 Augusts in the UK according to Trevor Harley

2016 A warm month – at 17.0C, the warmest since 2004 in the CET series. It was particularly warm in the east. The highest temperature of the month (and year) was 34.1C at Faversham in Kent on the 24th; the 10th was a cold night, with -1.5C at Kindrogan (Perthshire). The month was changeable in the first half, and warmer and more settled in the second. Rainfalls was very close to the long-term average, although it was wet in parts of the north. It was quite a sunny month, with 110% of average. 2017 Unsettled. The CET temperature was 15.6 …

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July 2021 Monthly Report – Warm with a good dry spell

July 2021 turned out well. The first week proved to be very wet, with the bulk of the month’s final rainfall falling this week. There was 48.5mm recorded altogether in what was a very short unseasonal spell. High pressure then built in to give us a sustained spell of warm, dry and sunny weather for the next three weeks. The temperature reached at least 20 degC on 24 days, and eight of those went as high as 25 degC (including 6 days consecutively from 16th-21st, making it an official Durham ‘heatwave’). The maximum was a hot 29.3 degC on the …

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