March 2020 – rather mild across central England

Mean temperatures for March 2020 came in at 6.71°C, which was +1.16°C above the extended 1772-2018 long-term average for the month. Using the more usual 1961-1990 LTA the mean maximum anomaly was +1.69°C and very much higher than the Mean minimum anomaly of +0.37°C, indicating a larger than...

March 2020 – sunshine bonanza

Many places especially in the east saw an exceptionally sunny March with Shoeburyness the sunniest climate station with 192.5 hours of bright sunshine in total. Meanwhile Loch Glascarnoch just up the road from us was the dullest place with only 62.3 hours although my record is missing two...

…out like a lamb

March 2020 did start off windy enough, coming in rather lion like with the remains of storm Jorge the French and Spanish named, even though it was probably a lot windier here in the UK than it was in either France or Spain. And for the last ten...

Met Office to free up all its NWP data

In an unprecedented move the Met Office have decided to make all their NWP data available freely to the public in much the same way that the Americans have done with their GFS model. The news came as a large pink pig was reported to have made a...

March 2020 – wet in the northwest but rather dry in the east

March 2020 was a wet month in the northwest of Scotland, but further south and east rainfall was closer to the seasonal average, and the further east that you came the drier it became, such that counties bordering the North Sea, such as East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk...

Rise in global temperature checked in March

The rise in the 12 month moving average in global temperatures has been checked during March in my DIY series after rising continually since August 2018. My DIY global temperature series has been wrong before, and it may well be wrong about this, but as far as I...

Today’s visible satellite image

Just fascinating to watch the movement in the multicellular cloud to the west of IONA. If you watch closely there seems to be a pulse of could moving westward as the day progresses, I reckon it must be another thin layer of altocumulus or more likely a thin...

A shock to the system

The temperatures over the weekend must have come as quite a shock to the system to people who are hunkered down self isolating across England and Wales, especially those in the northwest, where maximum temperatures on Sunday were as much as 12°C lower than they were on Wednesday.

MOSAiC expedition flushed out of Arctic

It seems to me that although the MOSAiC expedition may end up being a huge success as far as a collaborative scientific mission goes, it missed the most important aspect (to me at least) of reaching and crossing the North Pole, and now the Polar Stern seems to...

A quick dip in Arctic sea ice

The better start to the Arctic sea ice extent season didn’t last too long because of a week or so of large daily losses during the second half of March, which look like they seem to have stopped for now. Otherwise sea ice extents are the 8th lowest...

As the days grow longer the cold gets stronger…

I think the 12 UTC anomaly chart is much more informative than the 12 UTC wind chill chart. There were negative wind chill values down the east coast and on any high ground. I notice as the axis of the ridge from the intense anticyclone Keywan slipped south...

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,...