DURHAM WEATHER

Useful Weather Pages

OK, here’s the links page. I’ve tried to keep the links a little unique and not just fall into the pattern of every other weather site on the net. The pages featured here are all easy to use and understand and my even be useful ! If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to Contact Us (link on the main menu)

Durham University Weather Pages
Apart from the Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford, Durham University Observatory has the unbroken longest series of meteorological observations for any university in the UK. Daily records date from the late 1840s. Today, the observations are made using an automatic weather station; this provides online data to the Meteorological Office and allows us to maintain our long records. You are welcome to use the data and reports listed below; please quote the source of the data in any publication or thesis.

The weather station is run by Professor Tim Burt.

The British Weather 
Trevor Harley’s excellent website is a collection of records, information from his own weather station, along with records of the British weather since 1900. You can browse by month or by year, and find a concise history of the British weather in any month since the turn of the last century. Compulsive reading for the weather nut.

Archived Weather Charts
This is an archive of the charts detailed above. It’s a German language site, but is very easy to use, you just choose the date of the weather chart you want to see. You can’t really go far wrong. The charts go back as far as 27th January 1998, which is conveniently close to the start of the records here.

Current Weather Conditions
You can find the current conditions at lots of different places around the uk by checking out the Weather Underground site. This not only gives Temp and Humidity, but you also get Dewpoint, Windspeed and Direction, Pressure, Conditions, State of the sky, etc. Brilliant !

Bonacina/O’Hara Snowfall Analysis
In an attempt to analyse each winter’s snowfall events for the UK, a man called L.C.W. Bonacina produced this list, which I have tried to maintain and continue in recent years in similar style. See if you remember correctly!

The British Isles Weather Diary
Roger Brugge’s British Isles Weather Diary contains a daily summary of UK weather data, with daily extremes of high temp, low temp, wettest and sunniest places. It is normally updated a couple of days in arrears and is archived back to 1999.

Pollen Research Unit
For those of you who happen to suffer from Hay Fever (and I include myself amongst this unfortunate group) then a site you may be interested in is this one at the Pollen Research Unit. There’s all the information about Pollen that you could ever wish to know (but were afraid to ask) and you can also get a Pollen forecast, so you know when to hide.

River Level at Elvet Bridge, Durham
In view of the fact that Mother Nature seems to have decided that a substantial percentage of the population should, in fact, live underwater, we provide a link to the river level at Elvet Bridge. I know flooding isn’t a big problem in Gilesgate but it’s still a nice page to have instant access to.

Road Conditions from the North East
You know all those weather stations you see beside the roads? Well, here’s a map where you can take a look at the data they produce. There’s a Tow Law one too, so you can see how much colder it is up there!

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