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Monthly Report – December 2018

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 easterly winds. Precipitation total was 8mm overnight. It was all gone by morning as temperatures rose.

Temperature was well above normal for Durham, but not as high an anomally as the CET area, which recorded the 15th warmest December. In Durham, the mean was +1.6 degC above normal. The warmest day of the month was the last at 9.2 degC.

I had a data outage on Christmas Eve, resulting in one day of missing data. It did have a frost, so the total for the month was 6.

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.

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