New March record of 1051.3 hPa at Malin Head

I guessed correctly because as far as I can see Malin Head pipped Tiree to the highest March MSLP in March. At 11 UTC this morning the pressure there was 1051.3 hPa or 31.04″ of mercury. This is the fourth highest pressure ever recorded across the British Isles...

08 UTC wind chill

The wind chill is negative across many parts of the country this morning.

March highest pressure record broken

This one caught me out. I had committed the cardinal sin of believing that NWP is always right, something that you can usually take for granted, but not always. The 1049.3 hPa at Stornoway at 21 UTC is the highest pressure in the British Isles for March. It...

Todays anomalies & windchill

The BBC weathercasters are already making a play about how high the windchill factor will be across England and Wales on Sunday, so I thought I’d just make a point in saying that there’s also a strong wind chill across Scotland today. But of course that’s not very...

Lock down week 1

It’s been quite a week one way or another, what with the Corona Virus lock down and then most of England and Wales seeing seven straight sunny days. It’s been no wonder people have been tempted to go out and try and get some of that spring sunshine,...

Showers in north as air mass cools

After finally seeing the back of that old cold front I never expected to see showers following on so quickly behind during this afternoon.

So much for that much anticipated meridional spell

I must have put the kiss of death on it when I wrote about how this huge high pressure (with a central pressure of 1054 hPa by this Sunday) was looking like it would stick around for at least the next ten days, only to find that the...

Sunshine totals since Saturday

Six sunny days with between ten and twelve hours of sunshine each day across many parts of England and Wales, with another sunny day to come, which is highly likely to be the last. Weybourne in Norfolk is top of the IONA sunshine table for the last six...

Much of a muchness

I see Scotia Myopia is still alive and kicking down in Exeter. As far as I know you are allowed to use 280 characters in a Tweet these days – so why leave out the northwest Highlands and Islands? I wouldn’t mind so much if the statement they...

How stable is deep ocean circulation in warmer climate?

If circulation of deep waters in the Atlantic stops or slows due to climate change, it could cause cooling in northern North America and Europe—a scenario that has occurred during past cold glacial periods. Now, a Rutgers coauthored study suggests that short-term disruptions of deep ocean circulation occurred...

High Keywan set for a long stay

It looks like high Keywan, as the BIM have named it, will stick around in the central Atlantic right out till day ten if this ECMWF hi-res forecast proves correct. It’s forecast to be as intense as 1053 hPa as it moves northwest by the weekend, before slowly...

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time?

Apologies for having another go but isn’t the digitising of rainfall records like these the responsibility of the UKMO? What have they been doing for the last 50 years since the introduction of mainframe computers and databases to digitise these records? No one, especially Jonathan Amos ever seem...

Frontal analysis

I thought that I would just take a look back at the history of this pesky cold front that’s been quasi-stationary for much of the last five days over the northwest of Scotland and try and get into the mind and thinking of the Great Oz Chief forecaster...

It seems like years since it’s been clear!

Apologies for pinching a line from George Harrison, but after being stuck under this meandering cold front for the last five days across the north of Scotland, we have finally managed to pop out on the cold side of it – at least for awhile. I wonder if...

Another cracking day south of the border

This is getting rather monotonous. It’s reached 18°C again across many parts of northwest England again today under glorious blue skies. Meanwhile 250 miles further north we’re basking in occasional rain and 8°C, but the strong winds of the last few days have now abated. I notice that...

Spring retreat

After a very mild winter it looks like spring has been put on hold as a series of lows are forecast to run southeast from Iceland into Norway which will maintain a never ending supply of cold air from Greenland. That’s of course if this animation of the...