Saturday, 20 January 2018

Our Greenhouse Needs A Tidy Up

Our extremely mixed up and changeable weather continued through Friday. The morning started off cold with a covering of black ice making roads and pavements very slippery. The sun even made an appearance in the morning before the clouds returned with more heavy showers which were a mixture of rain, sleet and snow.
Temperature, Wind Chill and Rainfall Records for 19 January 2018
I did have a little trip up to our greenhouse this week. It's not had much attention since autumn time when the tomatoes finished fruiting. I've put together a little video showing how little we have growing in there in the middle of winter.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Lucky Again With The Weather

We’ve had a real mixed bag of weather over the last few days. The storm forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday morning never really happened or more to the point the weather never changed that much as the storm passed through.
Temperature, Pressure and Hi Wind Speed Records 16-18 January 2018
Temperature, Wind Chill and Rainfall Records 16-18 January 2018
As you can see from my weather station readings it’s been a wet and windy few days in any case and the arrival of the storm made very little difference except for a rather sudden rise and fall in the temperature. It's interesting to see how that sudden temperature change and associated strong winds coincided with a fall in barometric pressure as the storm centre passed through. Rainfall since Monday this week has so far amounted to 27.2mm (1.07in) giving us one of the wettest spells for quite some time. It might be a bit too wet to get any more winter digging done at the allotment.

Whilst some places have had moderately heavy snowfalls we’ve had almost none. We had a couple of millimetres on Tuesday evening which was enough to bring the motorway to a standstill near us. Our journey from Rothwell to Ossett was a bit of a record breaker with an average speed of 13mph even though nearly all the journey is on the motorway.
M1 Motorway Southbound Near Leeds 16 January 2018
Not much snow I'm sure you'll agree but it seemed to bring the motorway to all but a standstill.

The forecast is for the weather to stay cold through the weekend with the possibility of more snow showers on Sunday. After that it's forecast to get a little bit milder.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Good Job It's Fallen as Rain!

The forecast for the last few days has suggested we'd get lots of snow showers. At times that has been true but most of the time the showers have fallen as rain, with some hail and snow mixed in for good measure.
Temperature & Rainfall Records 15-17 January 2018
We've had 17.2mm (0.68in) of rainfall, all falling as showers, over the last 3 days up to 10:00am on Wednesday 17, January which I would have thought added up to a decent snowfall had it indeed fallen as snow as was forecast.

Wednesday morning has started with more showers and windy. I've just filled up the bird feeders in the garden and it feels bitterly cold outside in the strong wind and rain.
Temperature & Wind Chill Records 15-17 January 2018
As you can observe from my weather station data, taking in the wind chill factor makes it feel more like 0°C (32°F) rather than the actual recorded temperature of 3.5°C or 38.3°F.

I'm struggling for outdoor photos today but inside our hibiscus, which spent summer in the summerhouse, continues to flower on an indoor window ledge. It's just a pity that the flowers only last for a day.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

First Flower of the Year!

As forecast there has been a change in the weather and last week's calm, dreary and dull conditions have been replaced by wet and windy ones. One things remained the same though and that's a lack of any sunshine. So far we have escaped any snow showers.

I noticed this morning that one of our hellebores has come into flower making it the first flower of the year in our garden.
Yesterday we had a flying visit to RHS Harlow Carr on a wet Monday morning. After a coffee waiting for the rain to ease we managed a quick walk around the rain soddened gardens.
At least there are a few signs that Spring is on its way as we pass into the second half of winter.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A No Weather Week!

It's been a miserable week weather wise. The last time we saw any sunshine was on Sunday 07 January when we visited RSPB Fairburn Ings.
Since then we haven't had any weather, no wind, no rain, no very mild days, no very cold days and certainly not any sunshine. All in all, it's been a very dull, drab and murky week.
Sue would like to test out her new camera but the only colours available at the moment are a selection of browns and greys. However, it is forecast to change next week with some colder and windier conditions arriving with snow showers in the mix starting on Tuesday and going through to Friday.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Nothing Much Going On

After a mildish start to the new year it's turned a bit colder. At first the colder weather brought some clear blue skies and night time frosts but that's changed over the last few days to dull, murky, drizzly days.
Temperature & Solar Radiation Records 04-10 January 2018
As you can see from the above graphic it hardly bothered to get light at all on Tuesday. So much for daylight hours increasing!

We managed a visit to RSPB Fairburn Ings on a lovely, crisp, sunny, Sunday afternoon. Areas in the shade stayed frosty all day.
RSPB Fairburn Ings on 07 January 2018
It can't have been very warm cruising on the river Aire.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Connection Issues

It's been a fairly average start to the new year with dull, wet and windy weather the order of the day.
Temperature & Rainfall Records 01-06 January 2018
On Thursday evening my computer did one of those magical Windows updates. Since then my weather station seems very reluctant to connect to the Internet. I constantly receive a message informing me of an Internet connection failure.
My weather data to Weather Underground was last uploaded on 04/01/2018 and it doesn't want to upload any more data. As you're reading this post it's obvious that my Internet connection is working okay so I'm not too sure where to look for the problem. If you're looking at some of my weather data on the Internet and it seems a bit out of date this is the reason why.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Mild and Windy Start to January - Will It Last?

The first few days of the year have been on the mild side for January but it's also been dull and damp. 
The last time I looked the computer weather models didn't seem to agree on next week's weather. They agreed it will be cooler at the weekend but then disagree on what might occur through next week. Either we'll get a milder option with weather coming in on a westerly breeze off the Atlantic or a cold easterly breeze from continental Europe. 

I've finished sorting out last year's weather data and included a few tables below comparing December's temperature and rainfall records for the last few year's. The temperature in December was a little below average and it was on the dry side too. I've also included some tables giving yearly comparisons of the same records. The year finished up milder and drier than average.
The table below summarises the yearly wind speeds. Although my method probably isn't scientifically correct I think it gives an idea of how windy each year has been. I'd say 2017 turned out to be about average. 
Now I've got to set up the tables for 2018!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Didn't Miss Storm Eleanor

We might have missed most of the snow that arrived over the last few weeks but we didn't miss storm Eleanor as she blew through.
Temperature and High Wind Speed Records for 01-03 January 2018
Wind gusts peaked at 30mph overnight which isn't all that unusual for storms in January. We don't seem to have any damage in the garden.
The birds might have to make do with seed on the bird table this morning as the hanging feeders are being blown about rather dramatically in the wind. Some fancy aerobatics will be required to land on the feeders. In anticipation of this year's winter storms I took the precaution of adding some extra ballast to the base of the bird table.
It seems to have worked as normally winds of 30mph would result in the bird table falling over into the rhododendron bush.
In the past even strong winds in summer would topple it.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New Year's Day Harvesting

The weather for the first day of the new year wasn't too bad. We needed some fresh vegetables and a little bit of fresh air so we decided on a trip to the allotment.
We decided to harvest some vegetables before starting to do any tidying up jobs. It was just as well we did as it started to drizzle heavily by mid afternoon. By this time we'd managed to harvest some decent fresh vegetables.
Parsnips - Gladiator
Brussels Sprouts - Crispus
Before the rain came Sue started digging out one of our clumps of rhubarb which has become over run with wick grass and I did a little more clearing work on a bed on plot 30 which had been neglected for a couple of years.

There's a video below showing the crops we have to harvest on the plot as the new year begins.