I’m proud to post this photograph by special permission of Andrew Davison.
He took the shot of Comet Neowise from Observatory Hill in Durham. Taken at about 2am on the morning of 12th July 2020 using a Nikon D750 and Nikkor 28-300mm Lens at 34mm focal length. ISO was 400 and the aperture was f5. The exposure for the shot was 20 seconds.
After this visit, Comet Neowise won’t be seen again for 6,800 years. Get out and see it if you can, it’s a very rare event.
Because Meteorology is basically a ‘Sky Watching’ hobby, chances are that if you’re into Weather, you’re also into Astronomy too. I’ve added a new section to the Durham Weather shop for Telescopes to satisfy your lust. Access it by clicking the graphic below, or from the main menu above.
We’re a couple of days into March and we’re all looking forward to Spring starting aren’t we? Although we haven’t seen much snow here in Durham, it seems to have been a long winter. Rain and wind mainly.
Because of the hot summer last year and continuing focus on climate change in the media, the website has really been booming in the last 12 months. Here is the traffic graph showing visitors and views over the last 12 months.
As you can see, from the early days of 2019, views have gone up from 296 in March 2019 to just over 4,000 in February 2020. Visitors have gone from 191 to just under 2,500. Those are huge increases. A factor of 11/12X.
Almost all of this is a result of organic traffic coming from search engines and my promotions on Twitter and Facebook. The Durham Weather Shop is attracting a lot of interest as people are being increasingly drawn into cutting the ‘fake weather news’ propaganda peddled by the likes of the Daily Express by choosing to take their own measurements instead.
I have recently got to grips with an excellent plugin that now allows me to display live data from my own NetAtmo Weather Station here on the site. It updates every 10 minutes and you can see the data here on the Durham Weather Today page.
I’d like to thank everyone for supporting me at Durham Weather and I hope in 2020 I can continue to grow the site by providing you with more varied and interesting content.
If you search for ‘Durham Weather’ in Google, you’ll likely get a mixture of results from the UK location and the one in the USA. In fact, it’s quite annoying and doubly so because optimising a website for traffic is difficult enough in the very competitive weather niche, but when there’s a competing site on the other side of the Atlantic with the same name it’s a complete pain!
However, I decided that trying to fight against it was futile, so I thought it would be fun to compare the weather (and other things) in Durham UK with that of Durham, North Carolina, USA.
I’ve got to admit, I didn’t know much about the American city, so took to Wikipedia to do some research.
North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina to the south, Georgia to the southwest, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean is 130 miles to the east.
The History of the Durhams
Obviously, Durham UK is a lot older than Durham USA. The Cathedral has been here since it was started in 1093 AD. Settlement around the Cathedral followed.
Durham, North Carolina didn’t really exist until a railroad depot was established by Bartlett S. Durham in 1849. It was known as Durham Station for it’s first 20 years of existence.
Both Durham UK and Durham NC are University cities. Durham NC has Duke University and North Carolina Central University.
Durham NC grew rapidly after the railroad came and the main employment at the turn of the 20th Century was Tobacco. The Bull Durham Tobacco Company and Duke’s Tobacco Company established a monopoly in the USA. By 1910, Duke’s was broken up under anti-trust laws. The Duke’s then moved their money into Electric Power Generation.
Durham NC was surrounded by smoky, dirty power plants, not unlike Durham UK in the first part of the 20th Century in fact. Today, Durham NC is a modern city (as can be seen in the main photo above), and a lot of the buildings from the Tobacco days have been renovated and brought back to use. The area is also a noted Research Triangle in the Medical Sector.
How far apart are Durham UK and Durham NC?
According to Google, there is a distance of 3,754 miles between the two cities. Durham NC is a lot further South than Durham UK.
This would lead us to believe that Durham NC is a much warmer place, and that is true. The climate of Durham NC is one which a lot of UK people would probably desire, but the humidity may well be the thing that makes it challenging for those accustomed to the British climate.
The Climate of Durham NC vs Durham UK
Durham NC has a Humid Subtropical Climate, with hot and humid summers, cool winters, and warm to mild spring and autumn. Durham NC receives abundant precipitation, with thunderstorms common in the summer and temperatures from 26 to 38 degC. The region sees an average of 6.8 inches (170 mm) of snow per year, which usually melts within a few days.
Obviously very different to Durham UK, which is classified as Temperate!
Looking at the average data here, the average high temperatures for Durham, North Carolina in summer would be regarded as extreme for Durham UK. In Winter, there’s not as much to choose between the two, although North Carolina is a little cooler due to the Continental Influence of Mainland USA.
Average High : 31.4 degC (July) Extreme High : 41 degC
Just added another 3 weather station products to the Durham Weather Store today. I’m always trying to make the latest, best products available to you, so here’s a few details and the links to the products (just click the pictures to view them in the Store).
This time we have two products from Sainlogic and one from Aercus Instruments
Sainlogic WS3500 Weather Station
Sainlogic 7 in 1 Weather Station
Aercus Instruments WS2083 Professional Weather Station