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
April began quite cold, with some snow over high ground and even to lower levels in Durham. None of it lay on the ground, but the strong north westerly and northerly winds made it feel unseasonably cold. It gradually began to warm up by day, but cold at night before mid month. It was quite … Read moreApril 2019 Monthly Report – Still a deficit of rainfall
March 2019 was another month of above average temperatures, with the monthly mean coming in at 7.2 degC, which is about 1.3 degrees above the long term average. The Maximum temperature was 17.1 degC on 29th, with the Minimum at 0.1 degC recorded on the morning of the 8th March. The rainfall total of 51.7mm … Read moreMonthly Report – March 2019
Heavy rain overnight on 16th March resulted in the River Wear rising to 2.36m just after 9pm. This was a rise of 1.8m in less than 12 hours. The river was a raging torrent, lapping over riverside paths. The river also carried lots of broken tree branches and wood downstream, snagging on bridges and the … Read moreRapid Rise in The River Wear – 16th March 2019
February started very cold, with the first 3 days averaging below freezing. Rain was plentiful until the 9th, but then the dry weather of February returned, accompanied by increasingly warm unseasonal temperatures. The airstream was coming from the Canary Islands. The all-time February record was smashed in England and Wales on 26th and 27th, topping … Read moreFebruary 2019 – Historically warm after a freezing start
The New Year opened much the same as the old one ended, with dry benign weather and extraordinarily persistent High Pressure for the first half of the month. The high was a cloudy one, so temperatures stayed above freezing, with no fog or frost. It’s very unusual for a January to have such a high … Read moreMonthly Report – January 2019
The first half of January 2019 was very mild and incredibly dry, leaving us with pleasant conditions by the River Wear. We even spotted 3 otters out for a swim.
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.
My first Weather Station was a thermometer screened by a baked bean tin! Since 1975 i’ve had a weather station in some shape or form (more or less). I started out with a home made screen consisting of a thermometer and a baked bean tin, opened out and painted white to form a screen, nailed … Read moreReview of the Netatmo Weather Station
This one was taken on 14th November 2018. There have been some absolutely classic sunsets in Durham this year, and this was one of the better ones.