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LATEST NEWS: December 2013
With Autumn 2013 (September-November) now in the can, for the UK as a whole it was a fairly average autumn overall in terms of temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
September was dry but rather dull with average temperatures whilst October was much warmer than average. Locally October was 1.95°C above the 1981-2010 average, making it the 5th warmest October in the UK since records began in 1910. The dry autumn was interrupted by wetter weather between mid October and mid November and will be remembered for the destructive St. Jude’s Day Storm of 28th October. October was the wettest month this year with 171% average rainfall for this area.
November saw a return to drier, cooler conditions brought about by high pressure centred close to the UK, with barometers recording an impressive 1042.1mb on the 26th. We reached 15.1°C on the 6th with our lowest temperature of -1.9°C recorded on the 20th. November’s mean temperature of 6.6°C was 0.5°C below the November average, and rainfall was 65% of normal.
Hopefully many of you now realise that the sensationalist weather headlines touted by the Daily Express are a figment of the editor’s imagination, and that the paper is more useful in its recycled form! December looks set to be dominated by high pressure bringing dry, often mild and gloomy conditions, but the position of the high may bring colder weather from mid month but with any snow unlikely.
Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON): Sadly it appears that the “Comet of the Century” failed to live up to its name and did not survive the intense heat and gravitational forces exerted upon it during its closest encounter with the sun at 6.35pm on 28th November. Even so, although not as exciting as observers had hoped for, it was a fascinating object and has impressed astronomers worldwide. I have added a short video on the Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) page of its passage around the sun leading to its ultimate destruction.
September-October Review: Autumn began with a dry but rather average September and progressed to a wet and stormy, but very mild, October. Further details here.
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