This photo was posted to Facebook recently, taken (we think) in December 1895. It shows people sweeping the ice on the river, perhaps preparing it for skating or maybe a curling competition. The location is just below Prebends Bridge. December 1895 was one of the coldest Decembers ever recorded in Durham. Noticeable is how little … Read moreSkating on the River Wear in December 1895
December started quite wet, then mostly dry later. The second half of the month was quieter with a lot of High Pressure influence. Rainfall total was 41mm, which is only 72% of normal for December. In late afternoon/evening of 15th December there was a fall of snow/sleet/freezing rain. A right hogs breakfast with strong south … Read moreMonthly Report – December 2018
Another stunning sunset in Durham on 30th December. And then another on New Year’s Eve.
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. … Read moreDecember 2015 – Freakishly mild, but wild and wet.
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. … Read moreColdest Christmas Days – 2010 is up there!
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
December 1981 was a phenomenally cold snowy month in Durham (along with the first half of January 1982). Snow lay for most of the month as a result of several heavy falls. There were some brutally low temperatures, double figure negative temperatures. In January 1982 the British Record of -27.2 degC was equalled at Braemar … Read moreDecember 1981 – The River Wear freezes up