For your information…

I apologise for not letting you know earlier, but as you may already guessed I’m taking a well-earned sabbatical from my xmetman blog. I’ve put in a lot of effort into what is the second incarnation of the xmetman blog, posting 1,544 articles in the last two years for very little gain in the way of  new subscribers, which to me is the only true measure of how successful you are. I nearly made it to 100,000 views, but by the end I just ran out of enthusiasm to keep it going. You can find me on the Google Weather and Climate forum, and where for the moment I’m […]

Second warmest 6 May since 1878

Provisionally, yesterday the 6th of May was the 2nd warmest since 1878 in Central England with a maximum of 22.8°C, which was over 8°C above the 1961-1990 long-term average for that day (fig 1). Today’s maximum temperature is on course to beat the previous highest for the 7th of May set in 1976 of 23.3°C, with temperatures at 09 UTC already much higher than at the same time yesterday.

The warmest May Day in Central England

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about the possibilities of tomorrows Bank Holiday being the warmest on record. Call me an old stick-in-the-mud traditionalist if you want, but I like to think of the early May bank holiday as being linked to the pagan holiday of May Day, which tradition has it falls on the very first day of the month for some obscure reason, and not the first Monday as it does now. I could write some code to list the warmest, but to hell with that, I thought it was much quicker just to look at warmest May Day’s rather than the warmest Bank Holiday which […]

Ship tracks in the Irish Sea

Some good ship tracks in the sea fog visible in the latest satellite images of the Irish and Celtic sea this morning (fig 1), well they certainly look like ship tracks to me, even if R S Scorer thought that there were a rare phenomenon back in 1967. Perhaps the increase in size of these massive ULCV container carrying ships has something to do with it? Any light breeze hitting the side of one of these monster ships (fig 2) could only really go up I would have thought, and carve some kind of furrow though the fog. In a midday visual satellite image from NASA (fig 2), it […]

Poor and Good visibilities in warm sectors

Since moving down to the southwest some fifteen years ago now, I have noticed it’s often the case that in warm sectors (fig 1) although Cornwall and west Devon are plagued by extensive sea fog and low stratus, away from high ground, and in the lee of Dartmoor or Exmoor further east surface visibilities are often remarkably good, such is the case this morning (fig 2).

The warmest 19 April since 1772

I was keen to publish the fact that Thursday – the 19th of April – had been the warmest for that day since 1772 in Central England, but because there’s be an ongoing communications or observational problem down at the Met Office, I was delayed till the CET data for Thursday finally arrived this morning. The 19th also set an extreme maximum record (23.0°C) as well as a new highest mean of 16.4°C, which was 7.95°C above the 1961-1990 long-term average, and a full 1°C higher than the previous high set in 1870. Extreme records like this don’t happen that often, but in my experience when they do you […]

Warmest 18 April since 1772 in Central England

Provisionally, yesterday was the warmest 18th of April since the daily series of the CET began in 1772. The mean temperature of 16.7°C was a whopping 1.8°C higher than the previous for that day back in 1945, and almost 8.3 °C above the 1961-1990 long-term average (fig 1). There looks little doubt that today will see another extreme record set for the 19th of April as well. Here’s a look back at yesterdays 06-18 maximum temperatures (fig 2).

2011 the warmest April in Central England

There may well be a warm spell coming later this week, but I’m afraid that even with these high temperatures, April 2018 won’t be a patch on the exceptionally warm April of 2011 (fig 1), which in fact was the warmest since the data series began in 1659 (fig 2) with an anomaly of +3.93°C. It didn’t just sneak past the previous warmest April it smashed past it (fig 2) by over 0.6°C (2007), which in itself was over 0.5°C warmer than the previous warmest April. Is it just me, or do we all have short memories of memorable warm spells? Here’s April 2011 in a little more detail […]