A 90% Partial Solar Eclipse was visible in the North East in March 2015. There was a lot of cloud, but the eclipse could clearly be seen. The peak of the eclipse was around 9:30am. The main noticeable thing was a marked drop in temperature and the birds began to roost, thinking it was dusk. … Read more90% Solar Eclipse – 20th March 2015
December 1962. Cold (1.8C CET), and generally quite sunny, although smog early in the month (starting on the 4th) probably killed several hundred people in London. This was the last of the great London smogs before the Clean Air Acts took effect. There was persistent freezing fog elsewhere in the country, around the 10th, followed … Read moreA Summary of Winter 1962-63
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 … Read moreThe River Floods Again – September 2012
November/December 2010 25th Nov Snow cover at 0900hrs. 2″ in Ferryhill, 5-6″ in Newcastle. 26th Nov Snow cover continuing. Brighter, with improvement in road conditions 27th Nov. Snow cover holding. Several further snow showers today 28th Nov. Some more snow overnight. Hard frost. -17.3C in Llandryndodd Wells in Wales overnight 29th Nov. 4″ … Read moreFrozen River Wear, December 2010
Some of the worst flooding in recent years was experienced in Durham during the very wet July of 2009. The River Wear burst it’s banks in the city and riverside businesses were inundated after more than 2” of rain fell in one day (64.2mm was recorded on the 17th), on top of already saturated ground. … Read moreFlooding in Durham, July 2009
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 … Read moreRiver Wear in flood again, Sepember 2008
Bob visits Houghall College (now East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham) and chats to horticulture lecturer Trevor Green, to discuss the Houghall Frost Hollow.