22nd November 2017 – Cloudburst and deluge

This was a very wet day, but most of the rainfall fell after 8pm on 22nd. We were travelling back home and had to pull the car over in Tudhoe as we couldn’t make out where the road was! Rainfall became absolutely torrential and 49.3mm was recorded in about 3 hours by the rain guage in Gilesgate. The Durham University met station recorded 39.2mm, which they say is the 50th wettest day ever recorded in Durham since 1850. From Tim Burt: November was warmer than average, but not exceptionally so. All three ‘mean’ measures were above average. Even so, the …

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Ex-Hurricane Ophelia brings red gloom to Durham

“Southern Ireland was battered by gales, but the strange weather that hit the british mainland was unlike anything i’ve ever experienced. At 2pm in the afternoon, the sky had a strange orange hue, and it was dark – REALLY dark. The streetlights were on and cars were driving with full headlights. It was almost completely still, but a smoky smell hung in the air. This was afterwards attributed to a combination of forest fires over the Iberian Peninsula and Saharan dust, all dragged North on the Eastern side of the depression centre. Within 90 minutes the sun was out and …

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The River Floods Again – September 2012

The very wet Summer of 2012 continued into Autumn. The river burst it’s banks again in the city. This red car (Ford Ka) became quite famous as it bobbed about in front of the new Radisson Hotel (due to open a couple of months after this photo was taken). A view of the flood from the Passport Office/National Savings Building. The red car can just be seen in the left mid-distance. The Figures There was exceptionally heavy rainfall and flooding towards the end of the month. The rainfall was spread across two days, with 47.4mm recorded on the 24th and …

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River Wear in flood again, Sepember 2008

The River Wear in spate again in mid September 2008. The main wear, normally visible about 4ft above the river is almost totally submerged. The river was 6” away from bursting it’s banks. This was the scene in Croxdale in September 2008 as firemen begin the cleanup process after another flooding episode at The Honest Lawyer Hotel. The River Browney burst it’s banks and inundaded the hotel and motel rooms.   Further North in Northumberland, there was a disastrous flood in Morpeth on 6th September. The centre of low pressure was slow-moving over Cent England on the 6th. There were …

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A Storm Surge – November 9th 2007

HD Video of giant waves on the seafront at Seaham, Co. Durham. A strong tidal surge in the North Sea resulted in higher than normal tides. A combination of strong winds, extremely low pressure and a storm surge can raise the sea level around Eastern England by up to 2 metres. This footage was filmed on 9th November 2007 by Brittonian.

September 2006 – Warmest September on record

September 2006 Another one for the record books, September 2006 is the warmest September on record, beating September 1729 in the CET series. This record had stood for 277 years up to this year, and was the longest running record of any ‘warmest month’. Recently broken ‘warmest’ records are seemingly gathered in the second half of the year, with the longest standing remaining record for July-December resting with December 1974 (this was broken quite decisively in December 2015). The absolute high for September was raised to 27.1 degC on 21st of September 2006. There were no cold nights, and rainfall …

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Durham Cathedral Sunset September 2005

This was one of my favourite weather photos from Durham City. It was taken on the way up the steps into the Durham University Students Union building (Dunelm House) in New Elvet. The sun was going down behind Durham Cathedral. That was the last I saw of the sun that night as I disappeared into The Durham Beer Festival being held at Dunelm House.

Electrical Storms in Northern England – 11th September 2000

Amazing Storms Cause Havoc Here is what I wrote in my weather diary on the night: There have been quite severe electrical storms in the North East of England tonight with torrential rain at times. In Ferryhill, the storms started at about 2030 GMT after the weather became very muggy and humid at the end of the afternoon. Late afternoon Dew Point was 19 degC with RH at 92 %. Between 2100 GMT and 2315 GMT lightning flickered almost constantly in all quadrants of the sky, mainly cloud-cloud at first but then some hefty cloud-ground discharges later. I rang a friend of mine on his mobile …

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