Adur Weather 2005

Selected weather reports for 2005

Shoreham Beach Weather provided by Softwair Publishing

Met Office

Shoreham Weather Reports 2006

30 December 2005
After recent frosty days the weather has warmed a little and we woke to the sound of rain on the windows, carried on a southerly wind.

Report by Ray Hamblett on Lancing Nature Notes

It was unpleasant, a Strong Breeze (Force 6) gusting to Gale Force 8 from the SSE, and air temperature of 5.6 ºC approaching midday which converts to a wind chill of just below zero, and precipitation of 5.59 mm from about 5:00 am in the morning to midday which equates to a continuous heavy drizzle.
In the afternoon it warmed up and by 3:00 pm the rain total had reached 9.65 mm.
Shoreham Beach Weather History
Beaufort Scale

28 December 2005
The air temperature recorded on Shoreham Beach at minus 1.1 ºC at 6:59 am was the lowest of the winter so far. No further snow fell overnight.

27 December 2005
After dusk, the whole of the Adur area was covered by a minimal dusting of snow. Precipitation was recorded on Shoreham Beach at 0.25 mm and the air temperature fell to zero (near Mill Hill) and the dew point was recorded at a low of minus 2.4 ºC at 5:43 pm on Shoreham Beach. By midnight, the air temperature rose to 1.2 ºC.

25 December 2005
Christmas Day
Under a clear blue sky the air temperature reached 7.7 ºC at 2:09 pm. There was a Light Breeze from the NNW.
Beaufort Scale

18 December 2005
The air temperature fell below freezing for the first time this winter, recorded at minus 0.8 ºC at 6:25 am.

17 December 2005
It feels cold with a wind chill of minus 2 C, a dew point of minus 5.2 ºC (ice in my fish tanks in the garden from dusk onwards) just before midnight, but an air temperature of 0.5 ºC from dusk to midnight.

11 December 2005
The Adur Valley by the Toll Bridge was misty about midnight. The air temperature fell to a low point of 1.3 ºC at 7:46 am. The dew point was below zero and there was thin ice on some ponds and puddles.

9 December 2005

In the late afternoon a extraordinary band of white mist (a fret) crept over from the Shoreham Airport and New Monks Farm area which in the case of about fifteen minutes first of all obscured the view of the Toll Bridge from the south-east by the Railway Viaduct and then the view of Lancing College disappeared under the mist. The mean humidty for the day was 85%. The air temperature at the time was a high 9.1 ºC, but the mist droplets felt cold. The dominant wind direction for the day was from the south-east, but the mist appeared to roll in from the south-west.
Advection mist or fog occurs when a warm breeze blows over a cold surface (usually the sea). However, when the sea is warm the moist sea air can spread over the cold land and then Advection fog or mist occurs. Fog (by definition) occurs when visibility is under 180 metres (Peter Lafferty).  This was mist. The other type of mist or fog is radiation fog which also occurs when the land surface is colder than the air. (J.G. Harvey)

2 December 2005
Cycling into a SSE Force 7 (38 mph at 3:55 pm), I was nearly knocked from my bike from a gust of Gale Force 9 (over 50 mph estimated). The largest gust measured during the day was recorded at 54 mph.

28 November 2005
It felt cold and the air temperature fell to 1.7 ºC at 9:37 pm. There was frost on the cars and ground with a dew point of minus
1.2 ºC  at 9:14 pm.

The low temperature was recorded at north-east Worthing (near Sompting) at 0.9 ºC at 6.23 pm and 8:00 pm, and 0.3 ºC at 11:22 pm.
Sompting Weather Station

25 November 2005
It was a chilly day with a mean air temperature of 2.2 ºC, a high of only 4.4ºC but a low still above freezing of 0.8 ºC at 6:52 am. There was hardly anything more than a breeze to give an wind chill and make it feel really cold. Precipitation was zero.

24 November 2005
There was an ominous-looking black low cloud rolling in over the downs from the north and a flurry of light hail descended at 4:30 pm in Shoreham blown in almost horizontally in a north-westerly squall of 47 mph Force 9. Within about three minutes the squall had died down a Moderate Breeze (Force 4).

21 November 2005
The air temperature fell to a low point of 2.4 ºC at 7:08 am, which means it is getting warmer. Dewpoint: 0.2 ºC at 6:49 am.  The temperature rose to 8.8 ºC during the day.

20 November 2005
The air temperature fell to a low point of 0.4 ºC at 7:24 am. Dewpoint: minus 1.8 ºC.

18 November 2005
The air temperature fell to a low point of 1.0 ºC at 6:00 am and a dewpoint of minus 2.1 ºC.

17 November 2005
The air temperature fell to a low point of 2.1 ºC at 7:32 am and a dewpoint of minus 0.1.5 ºC. The temperature rose to 7.1 ºC during the day and fell to 2.1 ºC just before midnight.

14 November 2005

The atmospheric conditions beneath fluffy cirrus and a streaked sky produced a purple-red in the east beneath a large Full Moon and an orange sunset in the west.

Red sunrises and sunsets are due to dust particles in dry air. As weather systems over the UK move mostly from west to east, a red sunrise indicates dry weather moving away to the east, so rain should be expected soon. Conversely, a red sunset hints of dry weather to come from the west. (Script by the Met Office)

But is this ice? giving an indication of colder weather to come?

Cloud Types

The air temperature fell to 4.3 ºC  at 7:51 am. Dew point low 2.1 ºC.

13 November 2005
The air temperature fell to 5.6 ºC at 6:19 am.

3 November 2005
Silver Birch trees swayed in the south-westerly winds reached Gale Force 9 and only fell to Gale Force 7. The highest wind speed measured was 54 mph.
Beaufort Scale

2 November 2005
16.7 mm of rain recorded.
Shoreham Beach Weather History

24 October 2005
19.3 mm of rain recorded.
Shoreham Beach Weather Summary

10 October 2005
Then the sun came out and the air temperature rose to 19.6 ºC at 12:33 pm.

4 October 2005

The sun setting over the Adur estuary and Shoreham Airport.

27 September 2005
The Fresh Breeze Force 4 (at 24 mph bordering on Force 5) from the south-west (224° azimuth) felt stronger and more from due south. Stars shone in the clear sky at night.
This wind may or may not have brought immigrant Red Admirals to Shoreham.
Adur Butterfly & Large Moth List 2005

17 September 2005
Th warm weather has broken and by dawn at 6:00 am the temperature falls to 7 ºC.

16 September 2005
With a north wind (NNW) and the temperature starts at 17.9 ºC at midnight and although the temperaure rises to 17.5 ºC at 3:15 pm it falls again to only 10 ºC at midnight.

9 September 2005
As Australia batted in the Test Match (cricket) at the Oval (London) the rain stopped play in the late afternoon (5:45 pm). However, there was no rain in Shoreham where the highest temperature was 24.6 ºC with a humidity of 73% at 4:15 pm. By 5:45 pm the temperature had fallen to 22.4 ºC and the humidity had risen to 77%.

6 September 2005
The average temperature throughout the day was over 20 ºC with an average humidity of 77%. And there was little or no wind.
It was 19.2 ºC, 82% humidity and Force 1, Calm, at 10:30 pm. By midnight this was 18.3 ºC at 81 % humidity.

5 September 2005
Thunder and lightning after midnight but more dramatic than heavy and even then not anything special with just 2.03 mm of rain. I rose at 9:00 am with an air temperature already of 20.2 ºC and a humidity of 88%. At 8:00 am it was 19.4 ºC and a humidity of 90%.

4 September 2005
A sticky warm (> 26.4 ºC, humidity at that time 59%, wind speed 10 mph at 4:26 pm) hazy day.

30 August 2005
A clear blue sky without as much as a single white fluffy cirrus cloud and the day got warmer and by the late afternoon the shade air temperature was 26.3 ºC.

22 August 2005
Large equinoctial spring 6.6 metre tides coincided with the autumnal weather, in this case warm rain, the temperatures attaining 20 ºC with a 95% humidity, and throughout the day the temperature exceeded 18 ºC with a minimum 91% humidity.
Rain was steady in the early morning at 7.37 mm. These are exceptional conditions, as rarely is the high humidity combined with warm temperatures.
Previous High Humidity
Shoreham Weather Station History

16 August 2005

It is harvest time at Old Erringham and everywhere on the South Downs

27 July 2005
It was a misty moisty morning (especially over the sea) and the heat was energy-sapping as well, rising from 16.2 ºC and 94% humidity at 8:00 am to 21 ºC and 85% humidity at 3:00 pm. These figures appeared to show exceptional conditions, as rarely is the high humidity combined with warm temperatures.
Shoreham Weather Station History

14 July 2005
The temperature reached 25.1 ºC but the humidity never fell below 59% which was exceptional for a warm sunny day.

30 June 2005
The long dry spell ended with 2 mm of rain on an overcast day.

24 June 2005
With the air temperatures of 28.7 ºC at 4:27 pm, it is the warmest day this year. Suddenly, thunder rumbled and lightning flashed and the rain started about 5:40 pm. 5.08 mm fell and it was all over by about 6:00 pm. The temperature was down to 20.8 ºC by midnight.

23 June 2005
The highest air temperature this year, so far, was 28.4 ºC at 5:16 pm to 5:40 pm, humidity 52 %.

22 June 2005
High temperatures continued into the evening, recording 27.2 ºC at 8:45 pm. There was no wind, registering Calm (Force 0) on the anemometer. The temperature fell to 26.1 ºC by 9:00 pm. It fell further to 23.7 ºC by sunset at 9:18 pm. The temperature at midnight was 20.4 ºC.

The offshore sea surface temperature in the mid-English Channel was 14.2º C.
National Data Buoy Center (English Channel)

21 June 2005
Summer Solstice
6:36 am GMT  7:36 am BST

Maximum temperature: 25.4 ºC at . The temperature was checked against my own thermometer in town and found to match exactly.

20 June 2005
The air temperature reached 27.9 ºC a t . Humidity was 62% at the time. Although the warmest day this year, it was not yet quite as hot as June 2004.

19 June 2005
White cirrus clouds and vapour trails crossed the azure blue sky as the air temperatures attained 27.7 ºC in a Gentle Breeze (Force 3) the warmest day of the year so far. Humidity fell to 50 %.
Butterfly List for the Day

18 June 2005
At 26.6 ºC it was the warmest day of the year so far without a cloud in the blue sky. Humidity varied from 90% before dawn to 64% in the heat.

4 June 2005. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adur World Oceans Day
Despite the overcast day and the near gales that battered the marquee, Adur World Oceans Day 2005 was a success.
Adur World Oceans Day 2005

1 April 2005
Mist turned to fog as visibility fell to under 200 metres (by definition) and in Shoreham town at midnight at the turn of the month the visibility was under 50 metres.
recorded the following just after midnight:
Actual Weather At Shoreham Beach
Max Time Min Time
WIND DIR. SSE  N/A N/A N/A N/A 127 º 18.1 º/Hr
( Light Breeze )
5 MPH 12:03am  3 MPH 12:02am  4 MPH 0.9 MPH/Hr
RECENT GUST 5 MPH 6 MPH 12:00am  4 MPH 12:02am 5 MPH -0.4 MPH/Hr
TEMPERATURE 10.8 ºC 10.9 ºC 12:03am 10.8 ºC 12:02am  11.0 ºC -0.2 ºC/Hr
DEW POINT 8.5 ºC 8.6 ºC 12:03am  8.4 ºC 12:00am  8.8 ºC -0.3 ºC/Hr
HUMIDITY 86 % 86 % 12:02am  85 % 12:00am 86 % -0.4 %/Hr
WIND CHILL 9.9 C 8.5 C 12:02am  9.9 C 12:05am  10.5 C -0.5 C/Hr
PRESSURE 1026 mb 1026 mb 12:00am  1026 mb 12:03am  1026 mb 0.17 mb

Afternoon Mist at Shoreham Grammer School, Kingston Buci
Visibility was about 200 metres
Taken on 28 March 2005

18-19 March 2005
As the night fell a dense mist came down and restricted visibility to 25 metres. the lowest air temperatures was 6.8 ºC at dawn but for most of the time it would have been higher than the sea temperature which is about 7 ºC at this time of the year.

4 March 2005
Looking from the Grinstead Lane bridge, Lancing, towards the north-east, a thin coating of snow has settled on Truleigh Hill on the far side of the Adur valley gap. The distant hills backing Brighton are all coated in white.

Report by Ray Hamblett on the Lancing Nature Notes Blogspot

3 March 2005
There was no sign of snow in Shoreham town but on looking out of my window, there was a thin layer of snow on the downs above Shoreham. This snow was only on the high ground north of the A27 By-pass, and the pastures from Slonk Hill westwards to Mill Hill were green. The ice in my garden pond was 3 mm thick with just a small amount of open water at the edges of the pond. The precipitation for today was recorded at nil, so the snow must have fallen yesterday, obscured by the rain in town. The air temperature is above zero throughout the day, but it was -0.1 ºC at dawn.

2 March 2005
I awoke to 6 cm (measured) of lying snow in Ring Road, North Lancing. The last few hours have seen much wintery precipitation, a mixture of hail, rain, and snow.

Report by Andy Brook (North Lancing) on the Adur Valley Smart Group
The snow was not repeated elsewhere. In Shoreham town and in Lancing there was horizontal sleet turning to rain, on to a warm waterlogged ground where the snow did not settle even briefly. The daily rain was in excess of 12 mm and the air temperature and dewpoint remained above zero on Shoreham Beach.

1 March 2005
The snow of yesterday had all melted, the breeze had changed to the south-west and it rained 5.08 mm.

27 February 2005
Snow!  Although it appeared more like horizontal sleet at first from the east, it actually begins to lay first on the pavements and roads and then on the grass. Although, only a thin layer, this is the first proper snow of the winter. The snow did not lay in Steyning and seems to have been confined to the flat urban area by the coast.

Snow at the bottom of Stoney Lane
Photograph by Pete Weaver

11:00 am
Air Temperature  2.3 ºC
Dew Point  -2.1 ºC
Wind Direction NNE
Wind Speed  Force 6 (Strong Breeze)
By midday the wind had reduced and it was more like snow than sleet. Unfortunately, a look at the downs from out of my window and no snow seems to have settled. By 1:00 pm, almost all the snow had melted.

27 February 2005
A slight sprinkling of snow occurred but in only the morning and did not lay.

Trevor Haddrell's seat (Photograph by David Nicholas)

If you knew Who sits beside you, you could never fear
I am where the fire cannot burn, and the cold cannot freeze

Lancing Clump
Photograph by David Nicolas

25 February 2005
A thin layer of ice floated on the surface of my garden pond in Corbyn Crescent (TQ 224 055) for the first time ever as the air temperature fell below freezing for the first time this winter, recorded at -0.2 ºC just before 7:00 am.

23 February 2005
A small flurry of snow, scarcely enough to warrant the name, descended before dawn; it laid only in a thin layer on hard surfaces like pavements and roads, but not on the grassy bits in Shoreham town. By daybreak the snow had all melted and the air temperature did not fall below freezing, although the dew point fell to -3.1 ºC at 3:26 am and approaching midday it was still -2.2 ºC.

21 February 2005
A slight flurry of snow occurred in the afternoon, but there was not enough snow to settle. The temperature was well above freezing but dew point fell below zero. The precipitation was only recorded at 0.25 mm which is the reason the flurry did not lay.

2 February 2005
Just after midday, the first burst of sunshine of the year felt warm in a shade temperature of 9.7 ºC.

23 January 2005

The Full Moon over St. Nicolas Church, Old Shoreham.

The full moon rose at 3:15 pm and could be seen large in the eastern sky before dusk. The weather vane was pointing north.
Shoreham Beach Weather History (New Millennium)

Shoreham Beach Weather provided by Softwair Publishing5 August 2003
It was the hottest day of the new millennium when the air temperature (unofficial, certainly too high) reached 30.6° C at 5:54 pm with a gentle breeze. Humidity fell to 39% so it was quite pleasant outside.


11 August 1999
Partial Eclipse at Shoreham-by-Sea, figures (unofficial):

 9.30 am  40000 Lux
10.00  45000  ¤ 
10.38  35000
10.48  32000
10.54  30000
11.02  21000  ¤
11.07  13000
11.09  11000  ¤
11.10  10000
11.13   5000
11.16   4000  ¤ 
11.25   6000
The difference between 40000 Lux and 5000 Lux is about 4 aperture stops on camera settings. There was still enough light to take a photograph, like an overcast day, like a prelude to a thunderstorm.
The times of the maximum coverage where confirmed by visual observation of the eclipse through the mylar spectacles.
On a clear day, the air temperature in the sun varied from 25° C to 18°C at the maximum amount of the eclipse. The lower temperature equalled the shade temperature.
Report by  Andy Horton