Durham Weather and Best Buy Weather Stations


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Observing The Durham Weather

This website and it’s pages are mostly dedicated to Durham Weather (UK) and my Weather Photography. I have been totally geeky about the weather here in Durham ever since the blazing hot summers of 1975 & 1976. I started scribbling my weather measurements in a little notebook whilst still at school, thinking no-one else would be interested.

Durham University Observatory , the Official Met Office Durham reporting site.Since then, i’ve continued to measure local weather, although several house moves and a trip to college had made the weather measurements a little sporadic in the 90’s, but they are more stable as I’m a stay-at-home retired creature now. I also have a partner who doesn’t take the p**s much, so I don’t feel so embarrassed.

In the dim distant 1990’s I befriended (some say stalked) Helen Goldie and later Professor Tim Burt who ran the official Durham University Weather Station at Potters Bank in the city (this is the official Met Office Durham Weather reporting site. It’s in a posh area, so I don’t go there much) and began swapping thoughts/measurements.

My First Real Grown Up Weather Station

In the late 1990’s the first real grown up automated weather stations came onto the market and I saved up my pocket money and bought one for myself. It was a Davis Weather Monitor II. This I still think as the Dogs Bollox best weather station on the market. It cost me an arm and a leg (and a marriage) back then, but it helped me avoid disappearing into the garden at ungodly hours of the day to read the thermometer. That also halved the heating bill!

Measuring the weather can now be done a lot more accurately than with the old home made screen (a halved tin of baked beans opened out and nailed to a plank) or the thermometer screwed to the doorframe. My dad hated me for ruining all his door frames.

It also allowed me to automatically upload my weather observations to my new weather website on the Interweb, which got me on the World map of Weather! These first automated meteorological readings were made in Ferryhill, 6 miles to the South of Durham and those old weather records can be seen here. If you’re not that sad, don’t worry about it.

Picture of Framwellgate Bridge, Durham Castle and Durham CathedralI have a page detailing the typical climate of Durham and the North East and what to expect here.

picture of netatmo weather station equipment used to measure the weather at my durham weather stationNetAtmo Weather Station. Everything is connected using wireless trickery. I record temperature and rainfall, but not windspeed and direction as I don’t have anywhere to mount the anemometer in a meaningful position, and really I’m just chicken shit about climbing on the roof.

The shiny NetAtmo gizmos log automatically to a website (this very one in fact) and all the averages and 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 ages. I did have a battery problem when I first got the kit, but NetAtmo sorted it out by sending me a replacement sensor in a couple of weeks. Not bad those Frenchies. We should have stayed in Europe.

I am also a big fan of the delightfully titled Froggit WM3000SE weather station which is one of the best sellers in the Durham Weather Shop.

If you want to see the data gubbins from the weather station here in Gilesgate, as well as all the other stations in the NetAtmo Weather Network, please take a look on the Live Weather page.

 

Content of the Durham Weather Website

I’ve built up quite a pile of Weather related photos over the years, which i’d like to show here if I can. There’s 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 Blog.

I’d also like to display weather themed photographs sent by my doting viewers. 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, unknown relatives in shoe boxes like that haven’t we?

I’ll give you a full credit for any photos I feature (your name in lights). I can’t afford to pay you though, unless you accept 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 stuff i’m collecting now, I’ve also copied over the data from my old Ferryhill weather website. I was at my previous pit village location for 18 years and have records from the end of 1999 up until 2011. Sad I know, bit it’s got the legedary 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!

I always got a good agreement between the Ferryhill stuff and that collected by 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 Statistics

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 it has been added to by me (because little old Leo is long dead) with information from other additional 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’  and colour coded, depending on the amount of snow and how generally it fell.

I try to add to it each winter. I get a lot of moans about it because I don’t mention the few flakes that drifted down in a carefully hidden shower in a Neasden ghetto in the middle of the night in October 1994, but I do my best. It doesn’t just show Durham snow or north east snow though, although they are referenced in the UK snowfall statistics.

As I say, for my sins against the human race I have continued this UK snowfall series and extended it to the present day, trying to summarise each winter snowfall in the same Bonacina way. Also very sad, but hey, you probably have some weird habits too!

See the UK snowfall statistics in the Bonacina/O’Hara Snowfall Anaysis page here.

The Durham Weather Shop – Best buy Weather Stations

You can buy the best home weather station here!

I have a little weather shop set up here at the Durham Weather website too (in association with Amazon.co.uk). Anything bought from it will support the site with a small commission, which will keep me in clothes. This is actually how I plan to make millions and move to Spain. I might die first, but at least it’ll pay for a memorial candle or two.

I typically carry a selection of cost effective (aka cheap) Weather Stations that you can buy here. Perfect if you fancy becoming a geek, setting up your own system and starting to observe to prove the numbskulls at the Daily Express wrong! Snow Bombs my arse!

Get the Met Office weather for Durham here

Why You Need a Home Weather Station
Use a home weather station to monitor your environment, both inside and outside your home, or install one in your greenhouse to help you keep an eye on the conditions in the garden. Home weather stations can bring you all sorts of data on the prevailing conditions: temperature, humidity, time, moon phase, wind speed, rainfall as well as air purity and co2 details.

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12 thoughts on “Durham Weather and Best Buy Weather Stations”

Very impressive site Dave and love all your photos. Hope you had a nice walk. Say hi to Deb
Regards Rob

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Thanks Rob, it was a really good walk out. The weather was superb and the colours were absolutely gorgeous. We did about six and a half miles altogether and only stopped for one cup of americano and a sandwich. Some of the cloudscapes were immense, especially earlier in the day. We should do it more often as a lot of the woodland is just across the road from us. Durham is a fantastic place to live.

Dave

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  • This is great Ang will be super exited by this,she is Durham born and Bred and strangely enough a bit of a weather geek too

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  • I find your site very interesting and wonder if you could help me.

    I am looking for historic weather details (mostly about rain) relating to the Castle Eden/ Peterlee area.

    Do you know of any person or group that has recorded data for this area over the past few years?

    I woud bre grateful for any help or guidance about this matter.

    Thank you in anticipation

    Bruce Adams

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  • Ok Bruce, let me know how that goes.

    Dave

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  • Hi
    I am not sure how my search brought me to your site. I read your front page and I have a Netatmo weather station as well. I’ve often wondered if it was possible to extract the data from it and on reading your review you mention an app called Smartmixin. I had a look and downloaded it. I had not heard of it before and was amazed that it allowed me to access all my Weather records back to 2014 when I set the station up. Thanks very much for the pointer and I now have all my data in a spreadsheet. The only problem I’ve had with the station is that it goes off-line now and again. It seems to do it over a period of a few days and then it stops and is up for many weeks at a time. I’ve not been able to find out what triggers it. I did speak to Netatmo about it and they suggested dedicating a port for it but I have not been able to find the menu in my Talktalk router to do that. It is a Huwaei

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