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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

First Ground Frost of Autumn – October 18th 2018

picture of frost glistening on the grass

Frost on the grass

The first ground frost of Autumn was evident this morning. Frost could be seen on cars and on the grass when I went out about 8am. The air temperature was still well above freezing though, bottoming out around 3.5 degC. This shows how the temperature at ground level can be much lower on clear nights, when the dew point is depressed in slightly drier air.

picture of the netatmo app showing minimum temperature

Air temperature reached a low of 3.5 degC in Gilesgate, Durham

The day then turned out to be superbly sunny and quite mild. A classic Autumn day!

 

Heavy snow in Durham – “The Beast from The East” March 2018

An Easterly outbreak, dubbed “The Beast from The East” by the media, dumped a substantial amount of snow on us at the end of February and early March 2018. Here’s a view across The River Wear from the path just as we emerged from Pelaw Wood.

Durham Weather on the road – Iceland trip 2017

Durham Weather went on the road in March 2017 for a trip to Iceland. The highlight of the trip was the Golden Circle drive up to Gullfoss waterfall. Not surprisingly, it was incredibly cold!

We also visited Geysir where hot springs and bubbling mud pools are regularly interrupted by the erupting Guysers.

Iceland is an incredible place for anyone interested in how Planet Earth works. It’s highly recommended for a visit, but it’s a bit expensive. 😏

The Coldest Winters – Putting Recent Winters in Perspective

I’ve seen several reports saying last winter was ‘the coldest since 1962-63’. Whilst it had one particularly cold month (December 2010), last winter was not particularly cold overall (December to February). It’s average was 3.1 degC. This was because, although December was so cold, January 2011 was average and February 2011 was very mild.

Here’s a list of the coldest, with the average for the 1st December to February 28th period

1962-63.    -0.3 degC
1813-14.     0.4 degC
1794-95.     0.5 degC
1878-79.     0.7 degC
1829-30.     1.1 degC
1946-47.     1.1 degC
1783-84.     1.2 degC
1894-95.     1.2 degC

So, some really long lasting winters there, with 1962-63 standing head and shoulders above the rest. Last winter, although it had some cold temperatures in late November and December, wasn’t a patch on some of the beasts listed above.

Recent winters here :-

2006-07.     6.4 degC
2007-08.     5.6 degC
2008-09.     3.5 degC
2009-10.     2.4 degC

So, a downward trend, but still some way to go to rival the legendary winter of 1962-63

* note these are Central England Temperature values. Conditions in other areas may have been much harsher than this.

Coldest Christmas Days – 2010 is up there!

This list has been compiled from CET records after we experienced the coldest December for more than a century in Durham. In a climate that has shown a seemingly inexorable rise in temperature, December 2010 came as a huge shock.

Christmas Day 2010 ranks third in a series going back to 1772, marginally behind 1830.

Coldest Christmas Days

-10.8 degC   1796

-6.6 degC   1830

-5.9 degC   2010

-5.8 degC   1878

-5.1 degC   1779

November 2010 also contained one of the coldest ever days recorded in that calendar month, coming in at -4.0 degC on 28th. It also ranks 3rd in all-time cold November days.

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