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Windy

Today is the windiest it has been since I set up the weather station at the beginning of August. Top gust so far is 33kts ( 38mph or 61kph a near gale) and the average wind has been at Beaufort force 4 (moderate breeze) for quite a lot of the day. Nothing extreme here, but the liveliest yet. The weather station is in the garden – fairly sheltered – so official wind speeds are likely to be higher.

Meteor Video

I made a video from one of the captures by my automatic meteor camera. This is basically the raw video from the camera, with a little noise reduction and colorising the monochrome video to a blue hue. This is real time video (not slowed or sped up). I shared it because I thought it was a particularly pretty meteor. It was a brightly moonlit night and, as you can see, partly cloudy.

Classic Cold Front

Today’s weather came from the passage of a cold front: where cold air pushing in, lifts the warmer, moister air in front of it, to create rain. Although the front was not particularly remarkable, it fitted the textbook very well so is worth reporting. Firstly, the analysis chart shows the situation. Over Europe there is still the high pressure which has dominated our weather for some time, bringing light winds from the south and south-east.

WordPress 4

Just a quick post to say that the site is upgraded and that WordPress 4 is excellent!

Meteors

I took this photo while I was asleep! More accurately, it is a processed capture from an automatic system. This is a perseid meteor, passing close to the Pleiades. http://www.curtisfamily.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/perseid1.m4v I am now running a video meteor observation system and am proud to contribute the data to the UK Meteor Observation Network (ukmon). There is a basic cctv camera, fixed so that it is pointed SSE and up towards the sky, housed in a proper weatherproof case.

High Summer

July has been an almost perfect summer month this year. We had lots of sunny, warm and dry weather but also a few thundery breakdowns, which included a few classic summer thunderstorms here. We avoided the flash flooding and other nasty consequences that hit others and so were happy to see them go past. It now looks as if things are going to change as we go into August, though we are unlikely to be too wet here.

Weather Station installed

Thanks to the amazing generosity of staff, students and parents as I took early retirement from Headship, I was able to buy a Davis Vantage Vue weather station, which is now working in my garden. The garden and other local gardens have quite a lot of trees and so are sheltered. Ideally, a weather station should be more exposed to “see” the weather more clearly, but it is measuring what the weather is like here.

Weather Station

I do not have any weather station hardware yet, but I wanted to make a start on a project to create a weather station for home. I want to keep an accurate and reliable record of the main weather data but also share them – through a web site and direct to various agencies so the data is useful. (e.g. the Met Office WOW programme or Weather Underground) I found out about Sandaysoft’s excellent cumulus software and have it set up and adapted the web pages slightly to echo the rest of my web site.

Courgette flower

Despite all the rain today and Saturday, the first courgette is in flower with its huge, not quite politically correct bloom. The colour is wonderful too. It catches the eye from far away. It almost looks alien. It is good to see that crops are on the way. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the garden. There are at least 40 different crops growing in the greenhouse, deep beds and some pots.

Garden progress

After more than a week of very hard work, there is real progress in the garden. The greenhouse is fully fixed and functioning, with tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and a melon all growing nicely, along with some mixed salad leaves. Outside, the deep beds are in position and filled with lovely soil that I bought in. I planted out cabbages, beans, peans and sweet peas, courgettes and shallots. There are raspberry canes growing well.