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11:44am Friday 20th December 2013
LAST month was pleasant enough, considering it was November. There were fewer days of autumnal gloom than we’d expect and had even more sunshine than in October. With up to one and a half times the norm, it was the sunniest November since at least 2006. Winds were also mainly light.
4:21pm Tuesday 7th May 2013
YOU may have read in the news recently about American researchers who have found that, for the same amount of energy used, walkers experience greater health benefits than runners – including a greater reduction in the risk of heart disease.
3:54pm Friday 19th April 2013
2:21pm Tuesday 26th March 2013
FEBRUARY began with a brisk westerly airstream, bringing a mix of sunshine and showers. Wednesday the 6th saw a brief blast of northerlies, but we were fortunate that we got away with no more than a few snow flurries, and that they didn’t feature again.
2:09pm Friday 15th February 2013
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12:54pm Friday 21st December 2012
THE first fortnight of November saw weather charts looking more “normal” than they have done for several months, with Atlantic depressions running north-east well to the north of Britain. Consequently, their associated fronts weren’t as active over us and, with the shelter of the Pennines, there was little rain.
11:00am Friday 21st September 2012
AT last, a mild month, the first since March, but it was no more than 0.5C (1F) above normal. Still, this was enough to make it the warmest August for three years. In fact, temperatures were very respectable until about the 21st. Alas, that’s all the month had to its credit.
11:00am Thursday 16th August 2012
JULY was another poor month, like the previous three – cool, dull and wet. It was very similar to June but with temperatures by day even lower than those expected, by about 2C (4F), though again close to normal at night. In the past 30 years, mean maxima in July were colder only in 2000 and 1988. Overall though, it was slightly milder than last year’s, when nights were chillier. Temperatures didn’t drop much after dark this time because of the generally cloudy skies. They might be a bonus in winter but not in summer. As a result, in places, it was the dullest July for four decades. June and July together were the dreariest for a century, with barely more sunshine than in March alone. That exceptionally warm, dry month is arguably the best in 2012 – so far?
12:06pm Friday 17th December 2010
11:45am Friday 22nd October 2010
THE first six days of September were dry, sunny and warm. This made up a little for our mediocre August and provided a pleasant extension to the summer. Then, things went downhill quickly and the month drew to a close with a notably cool, damp week of autumnal gloom.
11:47am Friday 13th August 2010
AFTER three miserable Julys, our hopes for something a lot better this time, failed to materialise. July was on the warm side but, with less than threequarters of the anticipated ration of sunshine, it was the dullest July for at least ten years.
10:43am Friday 14th May 2010
1:25pm Friday 16th April 2010
OUR harsh winter carried on for another ten days or so into March. Although still very chilly, at least it was now pleasant with light winds, plenty of sunshine and hardly any rain or snow. At Carlton, near Stokesley, we had six completely dry days in this spell, the same number as during the previous four months.
12:35pm Friday 19th March 2010
THE persistent icy conditions over the last three months made this winter the coldest for 30 years but, except for those over high ground, we were let off relatively kindly, especially during February.
12:55pm Friday 12th February 2010
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APRIL certainly continued the very upbeat trend which started in March. With temperatures about 2C (3.5F) above average, it was widely the third mildest April in the past 30 years, after those of 1987 and the outstanding one of 2007 which was 1C (2F) warmer still.
10:58am Friday 17th April 2009
AFTER a run of mediocre months stretching all the way back to May 2008, March put us firmly back on a positive footing. It was generally the warmest and driest since the brilliant one in 2003. For some locations in the Dales, it was the most arid for 12 years.
12:54pm Friday 20th March 2009
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2:08pm Friday 21st March 2008
SUDDEN and extreme swings in the weather, characteristic of the past year or so, were again in evidence during February. This time there was a mild, wet and windy start and finish, either side of a dry, calm, clear and frosty interlude lasting over a fortnight.
12:43pm Friday 15th February 2008
ACROSS the region, it was widely the wettest January for more than 25 years, apart from along the coast. Rainfall varied between 150 per cent and 250 per cent of normal from east to west. Accumulations ranged from about 90mm (3.4in) to almost a staggering 300mm (12in) up in the Dales, where one or two places suffered their worst drenching in any month since at least 1960.
1:03pm Friday 11th January 2008
12:23pm Friday 14th December 2007
1:07pm Friday 19th October 2007
12:54pm Friday 14th September 2007
AFTER the exceptionally wet June and July, August was quite dry. In most parts there was only measurable rain between the 11th and the 21st and this added up to about half the normal amount for the month. It was the driest August for at least seven years.
1:07pm Friday 10th August 2007
11:51am Friday 13th July 2007
12:45pm Friday 15th June 2007
1:09pm Friday 18th May 2007
APRIL was a truly outstanding month - exceptionally mild, particularly by day, extremely dry and very sunny. Over Britain as a whole, it was the warmest April since at least 1659 - that is as far back as temperatures can confidently be estimated.
12:57pm Friday 20th April 2007
MARCH proved to be a rather quiet month for local birdwatchers. The mild weather at the start led to expectations of the early arrival of summer migrants but the cold snap put paid to that and generally most species were a little later in arriving than in recent years.
1:56pm Friday 13th April 2007
12:41pm Friday 16th March 2007
WINTER returned early last month but only for a few days. The remainder of February was much like all the preceding autumn and winter months - chiefly very mild and on the wet side but, thankfully, not so windy apart from the final two days.
12:44pm Friday 16th February 2007
THIS year carried on where 2006 left off, with the powerful south-westerly flow that has dominated our weather since the beginning of the autumn. This persisted for 20 days into the new year and so it continued to be very mild, very windy and, up in the Dales, very wet, but relatively dry in the east.
1:02pm Friday 12th January 2007