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Durham Weather UK – Forecast, Records And Stories

noctilucent cloud over durham city by mike ridley

Durham Weather UK

These pages are dedicated to the My Durham Weather Station in Durham UK (County and City), North East England and local Weather Photography. All data is compared to the official Met Office Weather UK figures to ensure it is 100% representative of the local weather conditions.

I have been observing the weather ever since the hot summers of 1975 & 1976. I started recording it in a little notebook whilst still at school in Ferryhill. Since then, i’ve continued to maintain my weather records, although several moves of house (now settled in Durham City) and a trip to college had made them a little sporadic in the 90’s, but they are more stable now.

In the 90’s I befriended Helen Goldie and later Professor Tim Burt who ran Durham University Weather Station at Potters Bank to the South West of Durham City (an official Met Office Weather reporting site) and began comparing weather observations.

My First Weather Station

In the late 1990’s the automated weather station came onto the market and I bought one for myself. It was a Davis Weather Monitor II. This I still regard as the best weather station on the market. It cost me an arm and a leg back then, and it was a wired unit (no wireless then) but it helped me avoid disappearing into the garden at ungodly hours of the day to read the weather instruments.

Measuring of the weather can be done a lot more accurately than in the old home made screen, or the thermometer screwed to the doorframe. It allowed me to automatically upload my observations to my weather website, which got me on the World map! These measurements were made in Ferryhill and the archive records can be seen here. The Met Office Weather UK long term means are used wherever I need to establish if conditions are above or below normal

Relocation to Durham City

durham cathedral with projection during durham lumiere light festivalSince 2014, I have relocated to Durham City, where the climate is a little bit different. It’s lower in altitude and closer to the coast. It’s also a city rather than a town, so more urbanised. This makes a difference as gardens are more sheltered, so temperatures can be modified a bit, but it also leads to more gustiness in windy weather as there are more buildings to disrupt the air flow. I have a page dealing with the typical climate of the North East here.

Durham Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are thinking of visiting Durham, you can learn more here.

picture of netatmo weather station equipment used to measure the weather at my durham weather station

What Weather Station do I use now?

At the moment I am using the NetAtmo Weather Station. Everything is connected wirelessly. I record temperature and rainfall, but not windspeed and direction as I don’t have anywhere to mount the sensor in a meaningful position.

The modules log automatically to a website and all averages are calculated for me. It’s a neat little system and not too expensive to own. The sensors are battery operated and the batteries last ages. I did however have a battery problem when I first got the kit, but NetAtmo sorted it out by sending me a replacement sensor. I am also a big fan of the Froggit WM3000SE weather station which is the best seller in the Durham Weather Shop.

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

Content of the Durham Weather Website

picture of Sunset over Durham Cathedral from New Elvet, September 2005

I’ve built up quite a library of Weather related photos over the years, which i’d like to present here if I can. There’s photos of clouds, flooding, sunrises/sunsets, snow, sunshine and nature. I’ll try to write a little about each one and schedule them as if they were posted at the time of occurrence.

I’d also like to display weather themed photographs submitted by our readers. Please note we’d require accurate timings and locations of any submissions. We’ll give full accreditation for any photos we feature. Please contact us if you are interested.

Ferryhill Weather Website Archive

In addition to the Durham data i’m collecting now, I’ve also ported over the data from my old Ferryhill weather website. I was at my previous Ferryhill location for 18 years and have digitised weather records from the end of 1999 up until 2011.

Ferryhill is about 6 miles due South of Durham City and slightly higher in elevation. I always got a good correlation between the Ferryhill data and that collected by Durham University Observatory, which I regularly reference in my posts here.

The monthly summaries are visible on the Ferryhill Archive page.

Bonacina/O’Hara Snowfall Analysis

This is a continuation of the Snowfall catalog developed by Leo Bonacina. It has been augmented by me with information from additional sources. This brought it up to date (the original only covered 1875-1975). 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 have continued this series and extended it to the present day, trying to categorise each winters snowfall in the same way. See the Bonacina/O’Hara Snowfall Anaysis page here.

The Durham Weather Shop

durham weather shop items for saleWe have a little weather shop set up here at the Durham Weather website (in association with Amazon.co.uk). Any purchases will support the site with a small commission. We typically carry books about the weather so people can learn more about Meteorology and how it works. There’s also a selection of cost effective Weather Stations that you can buy. Perfect if you fancy setting up your own weather station and starting to observe the weather yourself.

Access The Durham Weather Shop.

8 thoughts on “Durham Weather UK – Forecast, Records And Stories”

    • 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.


  1. 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

    • Hi Rory/Ang, always great to connect with local people! As you’ll see from the website, i’ve been a bit of a weather ‘freak’ since the mid-70’s and it’s my passion. Looking forward to talking in the future as we’re often in Claypath Deli.


  2. 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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