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Half-dead blog

Apologies for the long gap in posts. We have been trying to move house, so lots of things have gone on hold, including this blog. It is all taking longer than we expected, but the blog will be re-launched, and probably redesigned, when we are finally in our new home. Thanks for your patience.

Storm Angus

The first named winter storm came with strong warnings, of high winds and heavy rain overnight on Saturday into Sunday. Although it was breezy we did not see particularly high winds here, but the system was notable for its very low pressure (a new record for this location) and for a great deal of rain (a new record for 24 hour rain in this location). The wind peaked around 2am Sunday morning with gusts of 34.

September Weather

Monthly Climatological Summary for Sep 2016 Elevation: 60 m Lat: N 51 10 32 Lon: W 000 09 41 Temperature (°C), Rain (mm), Wind Speed (kts) Day Mean Temp High Temp Time Low Temp Time Heat Deg Days Cool Deg Days Rain Ave wind speed High Wind Time Dom Dir 01 16.

Perseids Update

The night of 12-13 August was also busy, with the camera capturing 81 meteors or about half as many as the peak of the Perseids. There was about half an hour (between 2 and 3 am) affected by cloud but otherwise the night was clear. [su_table] Hour (UT) Perseids Total Meteors 21 10 10 22 10 13 23 14 14 00 10 13 01 9 17 02 6 7 03 6 6 [/su_table]

Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

The Perseid shower showed a marked increase in meteors in 2016.

Storm Katie

As predicted, Storm Katie produced high winds here, with a peak gust at 06:02BST of 62.6kts or around 70mph. Highest sustained winds were Beaufort 7 (Near Gale) at 28.2kts or 32.5mph.                           Storm Katie was a classic Atlantic storm, with “bomb” or “explosive cyclogenesis” where the central pressure drops very quickly indeed, intensifying the winds around the low pressure area.

Long Lasting Meteor

http://www.curtisfamily.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Long-meteor-trail.mp4 At 20:05 on 14 February 2016 my video meteor observatory saw and captured this meteor for a total of just over 5 seconds. This is an usually long time for a a meteor, especially as it looks as if the meteor leaves the frame while it is still visible. The software analyses it as an Epsilon Columbid: a member of a minor shower occurring around this time of year.

Snow!

I saw some light snow, almost frozen drizzle, falling last night, but we woke to about 2cm on the ground, on branches and hedges. This was enough to make the world white, but the centre of the road was clear and where people walked, their footprints went right through to the pavement underneath. As so often, this was from slightly warmer air pushing in from the Atlantic, into the very cold arctic air which was been feeding in from the North.

Weather 2015

[su_divider] In a nutshell, 2015 temperatures were 1.1C above the long term average with December 6.4C above. The Met Office say that it was the warmest and wettest December on record. September was significantly cool. Rainfall was 5.6mm above the long term average. January and August were wet, while March, April and October were dry.

November Weather 2015

This November has been remarkably mild in Horley, apart from a brief, but significant cold snap. Through almost all of the month, the jet stream flowed west-east driving a sequence of depressions off the Atlantic, bringing mild temperatures with regular rain and some windy times as fronts came through. there were a couple of genuinely windy spells with a force 7 (near gale) on 21, the strongest sustained wind recorded here in the last two years.