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. NetAtmo Weather Station.
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.
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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