Observations

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...

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.

Recent hourly sunshine

It’s interesting to look back at the hourly sunshine totals of the last three days. Saturday’s sunshine was affected by the large amounts of thick high cloud that was around. The dearth of sunny skies in the north and west of Scotland has gradually pushed the yellow bands...

Where has all today’s upper cloud come from?

I can’t quite understand where a lot of today’s upper cloud seems to have come from across the UK. The laser cloud base recorders [LCBR] don’t seem to be able to pick it up and none of the SYNOP observations from across the country are reporting it. I...

Good day to get the washing out on the line

The high pressure has brought some low negative dew point and resultant low humidity air across central England today. There is an area of descent and relative humidities down to around 30% close to Birmingham which although not remarkably low humidities will help dry you dry washing and...

WDQMS

I have found one more very useful service for people, who like me, download SYNOP observational data from around the world. This time the service is not directly from another European agency like Copernicus, but maintained by the World Meteorological Organisation, who with the help of the ECMWF...

Very mild

It’s a very mild afternoon across much of England, that’s thanks to the disintegrating remains of a warm sector that most of the area is still sat in. Temperature anomalies at 12 UTC were widely between 5 and 7°C above the long-term average, and at Weybourne in North...

7 March 2020 – maximum temperatures

It was a mild early March day everywhere eventually yesterday, with temperatures widely up to 12 or 13°C across the whole of IONA (well except the Faroes which I suppose must also be a part of IONA). The warmth took it’s time to permeate through to the northeast...

Contrasting fortunes for Scottish ski resorts

Temperature during February across the high ground of central and northern Scotland were in stark contrast to the extremely mild conditions of last year when temperatures on the 14th reached 14.5°C. This year 24 hour mean temperatures on Cairngorm have remained below zero since the last week in...

Snow catches Met Office on the hop

Here in Ross-shire there has been a continual stream of light snow showers throughout the day, which until the last hour have not settled.

Last nights occlusion

Last night was not a night for any wild camping in Scotland although the sunrise from the Grampians must have been quite spectacular.