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December 2009


Reports by Andy Horton from personal observation unless otherwise indicated
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22 December 2009
In just above freezing (> 1.0 °C) temperatures, most of the snow in Shoreham town had melted by midday. 
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19 December 2009
The air temperature fell to a low of minus 4.3 °C at 9:00 am in the morning. No extra snow fell overnight. The temperature dropped even further to minus 5.9 °C after dusk at 6:00 pm
Lowest Temperature this Millennium

18 December 2009
There was 75 mm depth of snow on the urban pavements (measured outside of my front door). The air temperature fell below freezing, minus 0.6 °C, at 11.00 am.

Snow on Mill Hill (just north of the Reservoir) Toll Bridge, Old Shoreham

As dusk fell, the temperature dropped to a low of minus 2.2 °C at 6:00 pm.

17 December 2009
Just before midnight, several inches of snow fell in blizzard conditions and laid despite the air temperature being 0.5 °C. The wind was recorded from the north and their were icy gusts from this direction, but the snow flakes appeared to be swirling from all over the place.
Shoreham Weather 2009
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11 December 2009

A clump of Parasol Mushrooms appeared on the south-eastern edge of Southwick Green. 
Adur Fungi 2009

6 December 2009
As two Buzzards soared in the blue sky high over Mill Hill, a small (four strong) South Downs JC volunteer work force began to chop down the invasive Privet at the southern end of the lower slopes. Frequent Bearded Milkcaps, Lactarius pubescens, were again seen under the small Silver Birch trees on the verges of Mill Hill Road in north Shoreham. 
Adur Fungi 2009

1 December 2009
After two weeks of rain every day, everywhere was muddy and with good conditions for the appearance of the flowering heads of fungi. Two notable species were recorded: a few Bearded Milkcap, Lactarius pubescens, under a small Silver Birch tree on the verges of Mill Hill Road, north Shoreham, and frequent Big Blue Pinkgill, Entoloma bloxamii, on the lower slopes of Mill Hill.

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