The Met Office’s automatic weather station has functioned continuously throughout the year with no gaps in the record at all.
The overlap continues between the old automatic station and the Met Office one, so our own automatic station continues to function. The ideal time scale for the overlap is 5% of the station record for long-standing sites, and never less than two years for shorter-lived sites. So that means ideally five years for us – of which we have now completed five years and 3 months.
Due to a combination of caring responsibilities and, latterly, ill-health, it has not been possible to update the website since early-2012. The intention remains to extend the data online further and further back when health permits.
Let me now briefly summarise the weather we’ve experienced during the last year.
SUMMER 2014 was both warm and dry, but August after the 9th was cool and wet with rain on 12 days.
AUTUMN 2014 began with two weeks of dry weather, but from 18th September the rains returned.
WINTER 2014-15 saw the rains continuing throughout December and January, but the weather changed abruptly with February; February was drier than average. However, they were also rather cold months with wintry episodes from December 29-31, January 16-February 12, and February 19-21.
SPRING 2015 began with six days of rather cold weather which encompassed the Easter holiday, but then it warmed up with 25C on April 15, but then it became cooler again. April was dry and sunny throughout. (26C was reached on June 12).
Philip Eden 24 June 2015
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