First glimpse of the sun…


In what has been quite an unusually foggy day here in Bradninch Devon, the fog has thinned enough in the last hour to allow a glimpse of the sun just as it was starting to set! Here’s the thermograph from Exeter airport showing just how cold a day it’s been locally.




Wet again in the southwest

We’ve just driven into and back from Exeter this morning, and many of the roads resemble streams rather than roads. Here in Bradninch we’ve just passed the 1″ of rain since midnight mark, which is not bad going in just 12 hours, especially as this is the second day in a row that it’s done it! Here are my estimates for 0000 to 1200 today (21 November 2016) that I gleaned from the weather radar.


Courtesy of the Met Office

A large area of 24-32 mm totals (darker blue) across most of east Devon, with 32-40 mm totals (lime) east of Exeter. There are even larger totals of greater than 50 mm showing up near Barnstaple,and in Southwest Wales and Herefordshire. Here is a table of 06-12Z totals from the latest SYNOP reports. If you’re wondering where Exeter airport is in the list it still hadn’t reported at 1230, and is fast turning out to be quite an unreliable AWS which is a shame as it’s probably less than 3 miles from the Met Office Headquarters.


Data courtesy of OGIMET

Temperatures in the cold air ahead of the warm front are quite low, have a look at the last 48 hours at Dunkeswell for example.


Data courtesy of OGIMET

Hopefully, brighter weather will follow on behind from the south and it should brighten up this afternoon. Scotland is still standing out very well – what a great day to do a couple of Munros!


Courtesy of the Met Office

Autumn skies 2016

Here are some of my recent autumn cloud pictures that I have taken hanging out of various windows of our house in Devon…

Seasons of mist…


I’ve just come back from walking back four miles from Killerton (were my wife dropped me off on her way to work) back to Bradninch. I made the effort because on Monday I started the Michael Mosley’s 8-week blood sugar diet in an effort to stave off the onset of type 2 diabetes and reset my system.

I have left myself go since retiring and live an almost totally sedentary lifestyle with very little exercise. I weighed in at 16-12 on Monday morning and this morning checked the scales again to find I was 16-4¼ so that’s almost 8 pounds in 4 days – and yes I know – that’s just likely to be all fluids rather than fat. The diet is pretty strict and 800 calories is the daily limit with a heavy emphasis on low carbs and a Mediterranean style of foods. I’ve done other low-fat calorie counting diets before and they can last a year or more, what I like about this one is although its severe it’s also quick, and the health benefits are enormous, because type 2 diabetes is a nasty disease to be afflicted with especially when it’s totally avoidable as the book makes clear. I would urge any of my readers (and that means all 12 of you) to investigate the Mosley diet if you are carrying more weight than you should, get your blood sugar tested at the doctors, you might already be pre diabetic or even type 2 diabetic and you don’t even know it, but the good thing is that you can still change things.

Anyway enough of the preaching…

I could have included more photo’s of my walk but as Sods law would have it, the battery in my camera conked out and I wasn’t carrying a spare! And wouldn’t you know it, immediately after that the sun burst through the trees with shafts of orange light piercing the mist, and a Barn owl swooped towards me. Well I added that bit about the Barn owl but the rest is true. The trees don’t get their autumn colours till a lot later down here, November is the month that trees shed their leaves rather than October, but a few have started to turn, like this one.


Rainfall 15 June 2016

After my posting yesterday and just for completeness we finally finished up with 52.1 mm (0000-0000 UTC) of rain yesterday from my automatic weather station [AWS] in Bradninch in mid-Devon, making it the wettest day here for a long time possibly since 2004 when I installed the Vantage Pro AWS. I know I’m a complete weather and climate nut, and I should know what the wettest day is from my own records, but sadly I don’t, and why that probably only a psychoanalyst can fully answer. It maybe to do with ‘cobbler’s children have no shoes’ syndrome but I digress, and to be honest who cares anyway?

Estimated Rainfall Accumulations 15 0600 - 16 0600 UTC June 2016

Estimated Rainfall Accumulations 15 0600 – 16 0600 UTC June 2016

The 0600-0600 estimates that I make from the weather radar images do have a few red 50-75 mm coloured pixels to the west of the town so I was in the ballpark, but we weren’t the wettest place in Devon, looking at the list Exeter airport had 41.1 mm with a few yellow pixels on the accumulations map.

Estimated Rainfall Accumulations 15 0600 - 16 0600 UTC June 2016

Estimated Rainfall Accumulations 15 0600 – 16 0600 UTC June 2016

And finally, just for the sake of posterity here’s the rainfall intensity chart for yesterday afternoon.

Bradninch Rainfall Rate 15 June 2016

Bradninch Rainfall Rate 15 June 2016

Dry Devon

Precipitation 03839 Exeter Airport - United Kingdom  31 AMSL 3 April - 3 June 2016

Precipitation 03839 Exeter Airport – United Kingdom 31 AMSL 3 April – 3 June 2016

Only 68.4 mm of rainfall in the last two months at Exeter Airport in Devon. I make that total approximately 57% of the long-term average (119.3 mm) going by this useful table of statistics from the Met Office. Interestingly just 6.63 miles to the north we have collected even less, around 58.3 mm in the same period – I calculated the distance between two locations using this useful site.

Exeter Rainfall Statistics (courtesy of Met Office)

Exeter Rainfall Statistics (courtesy of Met Office)

Here comes the sun

0630-1045 on Fri, 3 Jun 2016

0630-1045 on Fri, 3 Jun 2016

It’s took it all morning, but we’ve finally started to clear the low stratus that invaded southern parts of Devon overnight, and the sun has burst through. It’s kept temperatures at around 8°C at places like nearby Dunkeswell, I was beginning to feel how someone who lives in the east of England has been feeling in the last week. Apologies for the small animation, but my programmer chappie is having problems with the scaling of animated GIF’s, but it’s interesting to see how the edge of the stratus is running ENE/WSW across central Devon with very little movement, all I can think is the low-level flow must have backed a little and there is slightly more of a northerly component to the flow than there was earlier.

Synop Grid - 03840 Dunkeswell

Synop Grid – 03840 Dunkeswell

Glorious Devon

Satellite Image 1230 UTC on Sun, 29 May 2016

Satellite Image 1230 UTC on Sun, 29 May 2016

Highest hourly solar radiation at 12 UTC sun, 29 May 2016

Highest hourly solar radiation at 12 UTC on Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Met Office really must get there act together and site an automatic weather station in the heart of Devon. Not just on the top of a hill, or the coast, or too close to the sea for that matter – somewhere like Tiverton perhaps. Here in Bradninch in mid-Devon the temperature is in excess of 21°C at 12 UTC and knocking on 3°C warmer that Exeter airport.

Highest Air Temperature 1200 UTC on Sunday, 29 May 2016 In WMO Block 03

Highest Air Temperature 12 UTC on Sunday, 29 May 2016 In WMO Block 03