What is Ball Lightning?

Ball Lightning

What is Ball Lightning? Ball lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon that is characterized by the appearance of a luminous, spherical object that moves through the air. The exact nature and cause of ball lightning is not well understood, and it is considered one of the least studied and most enigmatic meteorological phenomena. Some theories suggest … Read more

January 2023 Weather in Durham – Mild and on the dry side

January banner : snowman and snow crystal

The first half of January 2023 saw temperatures well above average, with 5 days exceeding the 10 degC mark. The warmest day was the 4th, reaching 11.5 degC. The 10th and 11th were wet, yielding 16.2mm of rain. The 11th turned out to be the wettest day of the month, with 11mm of rain recorded. … Read more

December 2022 Weather in Durham – Colder than average (the only one in 2022)

December banner : wooly hat and mittens

The Weather at Gilesgate, Durham December 2022 2022 was the warmest year on record at Durham since 1844 (10.59 °C), easily beating the previous record from 2014 (10.21 °C). This was despite December 2022 being below average. As is so often said, December was a ‘month of two halves’. The first half of the month … Read more

Tales of The Riverbank in Durham (and more)

Christmas Tree and Architecture in Durham Cathedral

We managed to haul ourselves out of the house today – 12th December 2022. It was bleak, about -1 degC and there had been another dusting overnight. Starting in town, we headed south, passing the Fulling Mill and the Wear, and then over Prebends Bridge to the Cathedral. The walk took us past the huge … Read more

October 2022 Weather in Durham – Mainly mild and unsettled

October banner : pumpkin and black cat

The Weather at Gilesgate, Durham October 2022 The month was very mild. The temperature reached double figures every day, with an average max of nearly 15 degrees centigrade. There were no air frosts at all during the month. Professor Tim Burt reported that October 2022 was the 6th warmest October since 1843 at Durham. Thirteen … Read more

September 2022 Weather in Durham – Wetter than normal, slightly warmer

September banner : an apple and a pencil

The Weather at Gilesgate, Durham September 2022 The first days of September 2022 continued in the same vein as the Summer of 2022. The temperature reached 20 degC for the first seven days and for ten of the first thirteen. After that, it cooled slightly, but not markedly so. It still finished as a top … Read more

August 2022 Weather in Durham – Hot and Dry. Another record breaking month

August banner : books and crayons

August 2022 According to Tim Burt at the Durham University Observatory, August 2022 was the 2nd hottest August in Durham since 1843 (when the record began). It was beaten only by August 1975, a month I remember vividly too. There were 23 days over 20 degC. The average for the month was 17.5 degC at … Read more