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.
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
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.
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.
Under a clear blue sky the air temperature reached 7.7 ºC at 2:09 pm. There was a Light Breeze from the NNW.
The air temperature fell below freezing for the first time this winter, recorded at minus 0.8 ºC at 6:25 am.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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
Sompting Weather Station
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.
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).
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.
The air temperature fell to a low point of 0.4 ºC at 7:24 am. Dewpoint: minus 1.8 ºC.
The air temperature fell to a low point of 1.0 ºC at 6:00 am and a dewpoint of minus 2.1 ºC.
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.
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?
The air temperature fell to 4.3 ºC at 7:51 am. Dew point low 2.1 ºC.
The air temperature fell to 5.6 ºC at 6:19 am.
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.
16.7 mm of rain recorded.
Shoreham Beach Weather History
19.3 mm of rain recorded.
Shoreham Beach Weather Summary
Then the sun came out and the air temperature rose to 19.6 ºC at 12:33 pm.
4 October 2005
27 September 2005
The sun setting over the Adur estuary and Shoreham Airport.
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.
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%.
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.
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%.
A sticky warm (> 26.4 ºC, humidity at that time 59%, wind speed 10 mph at 4:26 pm) hazy day.
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.
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
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
The temperature reached 25.1 ºC but the humidity never fell below 59% which was exceptional for a warm sunny day.
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.
The highest air temperature this year, so far, was 28.4 ºC at 5:16 pm to 5:40 pm, humidity 52 %.
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.
offshore sea surface temperature in the mid-English Channel was 14.2º
National Data Buoy Center (English Channel)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
Mist at Shoreham Grammer School, Kingston Buci
Visibility was about 200 metres
Taken on 28 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.
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.
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.
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.
The snow of yesterday had all melted, the breeze had changed to the south-west and it rained 5.08 mm.
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
A slight sprinkling of snow occurred but in only the morning and did not lay.
If you knew Who sits beside you, you could never
I am where the fire cannot burn, and the cold cannot freeze
Photograph by David Nicolas
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.
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.
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.
Just after midday, the first burst of sunshine of the year felt warm in a shade temperature of 9.7 ºC.
23 January 2005
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)
Partial Eclipse at Shoreham-by-Sea, figures (unofficial):
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.
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 ¤ 11.20 11.25 6000
Report by Andy Horton