Friday, 1 December 2017

Winter's Arrived - Meteorologically Speaking

It's definitely been a bit on the cold side over the last few days almost like winter has arrived a little bit early. It's been cold enough to put us off visiting the plot. On Thursday the temperature barely made it above freezing and combined with a strongish breeze it wasn't a day for being outside. It was the first time this autumn that the water in the bird bath has frozen over. The birds didn't appreciate not being able to get a drink.
Once filled up the birds were happy even if a very thin coating of ice began to form on the surface of the water.

Although it's felt cold it's been nothing like as cold as it was in November 2010. In that year I recorded a low temperature of -7.6°C (18.3°F) which still easily remains as my November record low.
Temperatures Records 23-29 November 2010 and 2017
The chart above shows the temperature records for the same weeks in 2010 and 2017.

We do really need to make an effort to get to the allotment to dig up our dahlia tubers and store them somewhere dry and frost free. I don't think it's yet been cold enough for any frost to penetrate down to the roots and do any damage. All the same, we're pushing our luck a little bit.


  1. Thanks for the reminder. It does get colder this time of year -- either late fall or early winter -- whatever you want to call it. And, oh, yes, the bird bath freezing over is a marker of cold weather here as well.

    1. I have to be honest I didn't expect you to have a problems with bird baths freezing over. I'm always amazed when the sparrows decide to have a bath in partially frozen water. They seem to enjoy it though.

  2. Yes, we had a few snowflakes down here in Kent, didn't settle though. Not had many cold nights yet, just a couple of mornings with a little frost on the ground, greenhouse has kept above 0C & a lot of tender plants are still ok for now (still waiting to pull them up but they are still flowering)

    1. We had a few flakes of the white stuff one night. We haven't had any really cold weather only what we should expect in November. Our roses are still producing one or two flowers but the last few cold days might have put a stop to that.


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