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Monthly report November 2018 – Typical November Weather

As is usual at this time of year, there is much speculation about the winter to come. After the brief episode of snow at the end of October 2018, the usual suspects were predicting a snowy November. As is nearly always the case, the snowy November didn’t happen.

Temperatures were mild in the first half of the month, and stayed that way until the 18th, when an Easterly component was pulled in and colder, wetter weather ensued. Rainfall came in hefty showers blown in from the North Sea, peaking on 20th-22nd when over an inch fell. The thermometer stayed around the 5-6 degree mark during the day, but with the wind felt much colder. There was an air frost around midnight on 21st/22nd after skies cleared following the rain.

Milder temperatures returned at the end of the month, but it became very windy as the Atlantic low pressure rolled in from the West, with more rain to finish. November is normally the wettest month of the year in Durham and November 2018 wasn’t far from the average overall.

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.

Monthly Report – September 2018

A very average September temperature wise, there were some warm days at the start of the month and another on 26th.

Rainfall total was slightly above average, mainly due the extremely wet 2 day period of the 20th and 21st. The total for these 2 days was 44.6mm, which contributed more than half of the final total for the month.

High pressure then dominated until the end of the month, with some chilly nights in the last 10 days.

picture of monthly weather report from september 1st to 17th

picture of monthly weather report from september 18th to 30th 2018

December 2015 – Freakishly mild, but wild and wet.

December 2015 was easily the mildest December on record. It was also the wettest calendar month on record.

Storms propelled by the jet stream were mainly to blame, it says, with contributions from the El Nino weather phenomenon and man-made climate change.

Numerous species of plants flowered months early, believing it to already be Spring.

Christmas Day was the wettest day of the year in Durham in 2015. Indeed it was the wettest Christmas Day on record here since records began. This was all due to Storm Eva.

Met Office : Further rainfall and flooding across north of the UK

Met Office : Exceptional warmth in December 2015

river wear flooding in durham 5th december 2015

River Wear flooding in Durham, 5th December 2015. Photo: SUZY GIBSON-CUMMINGS

January 2008 – Very wet and mild

January 2008
A very wet, but mild month, with almost twice the normal amount of rainfall. The total ended up just 0.2mm under the 100mm mark. This eclipsed the previous record for January at Ferryhill by some 35mm. The year started with a very wet New Years Day, with 19mm faliing on the 1st. This would have been the ‘wettest day’ in most months here, but it was beaten on the 21st when a new wettest day for January was set. 23mm fell in the 24hrs. There was 4cm of snow cover on the 3rd January, but it soon melted.

June 2007 – A wet one, and very dull

June 2007
This month has proved to be quite a wet one, with 80.0mm of rain falling (although 111.8mm recorded in Durham) – not a remarkably high total (146% of the 1971-2000 mean), but considering the first 11 days of the month were completely dry it’s quite noteable. Only two dry days were experienced after that. It could have been much wetter, the extreme weather which caused extensive flooding in South Yorkshire towards the end of the month stayed just to the south of us in Ferryhill.

One thing that has been noteable about June 2007 is it’s extreme dullness. It was one of the dullest Junes in North East England – the total of 101.5hrs made it the 4th dullest since 1882 and the worst sunshine total since 1987 (89.4hrs). It was less sunny than May, which was itself less sunny than April. It was thought this ‘reverse’ sequence must be unique, but in fact it has now happened 7 times in the April-June period since 1882.

http://community.dur.ac.uk/durham.weather/weather-data-2006-2010/the-weather-at-durham-in-2007/june-2007/

Professor Tim Burt
Department of Geography
Durham University

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