Durham Weather October 2019 – Wet and Cold

October 2019 was more akin to the typical model of what October should be in the UK. Autumn storms propelled by the Atlantic, rain and plenty of it and none of the unseasonably warm rubbish, quite the opposite in fact. If you like warm Octobers, tough luck, this wasn’t one of ‘em.

October was actually a colder than average month. It was wet again, following the trend of soggy months since June. Nearly 480mm has fallen in the June-October period. Rainfall was spread over the whole month, with the first week being the wettest. Only 8 dry days in the month, the total came to 108.1mm, which is nearly double normal (60.9mm). We didn’t seem to have any of the flooding they had in the rest of the country though, which was good.

Met Office: Persistent Wet Weather Late October

The absolute max temperature for the month was only 14.2 degC, on the 8th, and the minima were frequently low, particularly in the last week, with a couple of mornings with ground frost and the need to scrape car windscreens. The mean for the month was 8.4 degC (max+min/2) and that was 1.4 degC below the long term average, but a calibration must be applied and that is +1.0 degC, so still slightly below average.

Overall, a poor month.

 

Snowfall from Dipton, near Consett 27th October 2018

Some snow fell on the highest parts of our region yesterday as snow showers peppered the Northern half of the country from the unstable Arctic flow. Dipton, nr Consett saw about 3” of snow. Dipton is about 800ft above sea level. Here’s a couple of photos from GeordieKev, posted to NetWeather Forums. The Consett area is one of the snowiest urban communities in Britain, according to Professor Gordon Manley. My own site in Gilesgate got nothing more than sleety rain.

GeordieKev’s Weather Station is at

http://www.wunderground.com/q/locid:UKXX5585

picture of Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018
Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018
picture of Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018

Snowfall in Dipton, nr. Consett 27th Oct 2018

The end of October looks quite cool, but no snowfest

The end of October 2018 is shaping up to be a lot cooler, almost like it knows that the clocks are going back this coming weekend. However, it won’t be as cold as some of the tabloid papers are trying to suggest. There’ll be no snowfest, but there is likely to be snow on Scottish mountains and northern hills as the wind will be from a Northerly direction. Maximum temps in the North East look as though they’ll be around the 7-8 degC mark and minima will not drop below zero. Temperatures will have recovered by Thursday 1st November.

People need to stop believing the rubbish being peddled by the likes of Nathan Rao and the Daily Express (they then share with regional tabloids) and listen to respected weather broadcasters (Met Office, NetWeather). Forgive me if I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about this, but these people are spreading untruths and getting bona fide weather people a bad name.

picture of weather map showing an arctic wind source for 27th october 2018

The Forecast for 27th October 2018 with an Arctic Flow

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