Wednesday, 19 January 2022

January so far – Tonga wave two

At the midpoint of the month we’re not doing too badly as far as the weather is concerned. It could certainly have been much worse. After that mildest January day on the first of the month we’ve had enough cold nights to bring the average temperature down to almost the average for this time in January. As it stands we are still a little bit above average.

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Pacific volcano effects recorded in Wakefield

You are probably aware of the huge underwater volcano that erupted in the Pacific Ocean close to Tonga on Saturday Morning (UK time).  As far as I am concerned Tonga is on the other side of the world and I didn’t think it would result in any measurable effects by my weather station in the UK.
Temperature and Barometric Records for Saturday, 15 January 2022

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Sunday, 9 January 2022

2021 Weather Summary

I don’t think 2021 will go down in our records as a particularly good gardening year. It certainly finished better than it started. As you can see from the table on the right it finished in eighth place equal with 2019 with a slightly below average temperature based on the last 12 years. 


Thursday, 6 January 2022

Coldest day of the year

That mild spell of weather over the first few days of the new year is behind us now. The temperature in the early hours of Thursday morning fell down to -4.4°C (21.0°F) which could easily be the coldest we will have this year.

Monday, 3 January 2022

Warmest January day

Hot on the heels of the mildest December day I’ve recorded comes the mildest January day. New Year’s Day became the warmest January day of the last 10 years.

Friday, 31 December 2021

Warmest December day

Thursday turned out to be our mildest December day since I started keeping records in 2010. The afternoon temperature reached 16.6°C (61.9°F) breaking the record of 15.8°C (60.4°F) set back on 19 December 2015.

Monday, 27 December 2021

Bleak mid winter

I’ve seen reports that the higher parts of Yorkshire had snow on Christmas Day. It wasn’t the case for us. We had a dull wet day continuing the trend of the last couple of weeks. I think it’s now 12 days since we last saw any glimpse of sunshine. We have a weekly walk around Nostell Priory with Ruby and on the last couple of visits it’s been misty. To make matters worse on our visit last week it decided to pour with rain before we finished our walk.

Nostell Priory (23 December 2021)


Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Shortest day

Tuesday was our shortest day of the year. To me it’s the first milestone of winter as from now on each day will be getting a little bit more daylight. However, that change is very gradual for the next few weeks.