October 2020 starts very wet – Storm Alex

October opened very wet. A total of 32.7mm of rain was recorded at Gilesgate on 3rd resulted in a rapid rise in the River Wear, overtopping the banks in places, and reaching 2.76m at 8:15am on the 4th. The river level fell back rapidly and had dropped a metre by mid afternoon.

It was the wettest day of 2020 so far.

River level at Elvet Bridge 4th October 2020
River level at Elvet Bridge 4th October 2020

Durham Weather October 2019 – Wet and Cold

October 2019 was more akin to the typical model of what October should be in the UK. Autumn storms propelled by the Atlantic, rain and plenty of it and none of the unseasonably warm rubbish, quite the opposite in fact. If you like warm Octobers, tough luck, this wasn’t one of ‘em.

October was actually a colder than average month. It was wet again, following the trend of soggy months since June. Nearly 480mm has fallen in the June-October period. Rainfall was spread over the whole month, with the first week being the wettest. Only 8 dry days in the month, the total came to 108.1mm, which is nearly double normal (60.9mm). We didn’t seem to have any of the flooding they had in the rest of the country though, which was good.

Met Office: Persistent Wet Weather Late October

The absolute max temperature for the month was only 14.2 degC, on the 8th, and the minima were frequently low, particularly in the last week, with a couple of mornings with ground frost and the need to scrape car windscreens. The mean for the month was 8.4 degC (max+min/2) and that was 1.4 degC below the long term average, but a calibration must be applied and that is +1.0 degC, so still slightly below average.

Overall, a poor month.

 

Durham Castle at Halloween 2018

Durham Castle in the sunshine on the last day of October 2018. The weather was crisp and quite calm after a cold night before. The Castle is used for some ceremonies and houses Durham students during term time. It can be hired privately out of term.

picture of durham castle from beside the river wear

Durham Castle and the River Wear, Halloween 2018

Monthly Report – October 2018

A very average October this one, mean temperature was +0.1 degC compared to the average in Durham (9.8 degC) and rainfall was spot on average (60.9 mm) for the month. The bulk of the rainfall came in two spells, around the 12th-13th and 27th-30th.

There were several ground frosts late in the month as the air flow came from the northerly arctic source. Sleet was observed to fall on the morning of 27th.

More autumn colours in Durham, back in GMT again

The first day after the clocks returned to GMT was glorious early on, with bright cold conditions. Another walk by the riverbank shows the autumnal colours.

picture of a tree silhouetted against the background taken from pelaw wood
Majestic tree silhouetted in the bright morning sun.
picture of a panaromic view across the river wear from pelaw wood
Panoramic view from Pelaw Wood

 

Path through Pelaw Wood
Wildlife on the river

Durham Cathedral

Snowfall from Dipton, near Consett 27th October 2018

Some snow fell on the highest parts of our region yesterday as snow showers peppered the Northern half of the country from the unstable Arctic flow. Dipton, nr Consett saw about 3” of snow. Dipton is about 800ft above sea level. Here’s a couple of photos from GeordieKev, posted to NetWeather Forums. The Consett area is one of the snowiest urban communities in Britain, according to Professor Gordon Manley. My own site in Gilesgate got nothing more than sleety rain.

GeordieKev’s Weather Station is at

http://www.wunderground.com/q/locid:UKXX5585

picture of Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018
Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018
picture of Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018

Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018

The end of October looks quite cool, but no snowfest

The end of October 2018 is shaping up to be a lot cooler, almost like it knows that the clocks are going back this coming weekend. However, it won’t be as cold as some of the tabloid papers are trying to suggest. There’ll be no snowfest, but there is likely to be snow on Scottish mountains and northern hills as the wind will be from a Northerly direction. Maximum temps in the North East look as though they’ll be around the 7-8 degC mark and minima will not drop below zero. Temperatures will have recovered by Thursday 1st November.

People need to stop believing the rubbish being peddled by the likes of Nathan Rao and the Daily Express (they then share with regional tabloids) and listen to respected weather broadcasters (Met Office, NetWeather). Forgive me if I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this, but these people are spreading untruths and getting bona fide weather people a bad name.

picture of weather map showing an arctic wind source for 27th october 2018

The Forecast for 27th October 2018 with an Arctic Flow

Autumn colours shining through, October 2018

picture of debs striding out into the countryside around durham
Debs strides out into the countryside
picture of durham cathedral with the foreground lit
Durham Cathedral with foreground sunshine
picture of threatening dark clouds over durham
The clouds look threatening, but really weren’t
picture of people in a canoe on the river wear
Getting landlubbers ready for a paddling session
picture of trees with autumn foliage beside the river wear in durham
Fantastic autumn colours from the riverbank
picture of a fisherman on the river wear under a tree that is reflected in the water
A fisherman on the River Wear
picture of the riverside path beside the river wear with lots of people walking
The riverside path was quite busy in places
picture of my favourite allotment door which is tilted in a hedge
My favourite allotment door in the whole World!
picture of the repaired bankside after the landslide in pelaw wood
The repaired bankside after the landslip in Pelaw Wood
picture of the old father time windvane on top of the bandstand in durham, with blue sky to the background
Old Father Time weathervane on top of the Bandstand
picture of the durham cow statue next to the river wear in durham
The Durham Cow rests in the sunshine
picture of rowers beneath the autumn foliage with baths bridge over the river wear
Rowing beneath the Autumn foliage and Baths Bridge
picture from pelaw wood showing a highly coloured tree in the valley

Deep in Pelaw Wood, view from the Bridge