Weather Reports

2020 AUTUMN RAINFALL COM PARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

2020 AUTUMN RAINFALL COMPARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Group Member

Pauline Roberts

Graham Allison

David King

Terry Read

Peter George

Met Office Averages

Site                       Month

Wendling Norfolk

Thorpe St Andrew Norfolk

Brooke Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

East   Anglia

September

122.0mm

128.0mm

112.2mm

99.4mm

46.7mm

53.1mm

October

103.0mm

112.0mm

137.3mm

112.8mm

103.4mm

111.2mm

November

49.5mm

44.0mm

56.5mm

43.6mm

38.9mm

35.8mm

December

123.5mm

150.0mm

138.5mm

117.0mm

122.2mm

105.0mm

Sept – Dec Totals

398.0mm

434.0mm

444.5mm

372.8mm

311.2mm

305.1mm

Jan – Aug Totals

409.0mm

427.0mm

402.4mm

373.1mm

406.4mm

363.0mm

Year Totals for 2020

807.0mm

861.0mm

846.9mm

745.9mm

717.6mm

668.1mm

Without doubt this has been a wet four month period. The similarity between the September to December total rainfall and that of the equivalent total for the first eight months of the year only emphasises this point. Although this holds for the north of the region (Norfolk) further south in Suffolk and for the region as a whole the figures are further apart.

The 53.1mm East Anglian average rainfall in September was normal. October was 172% of normal and December was nearly double at 194%, however November was only 59% of the expected norm. These figures illustrate how unpredictable our weather can be.

The sunshine readings for the September to December period, based on Met Office averages, show a bright September, a near normal November and December, but a dismal 55% of average sunshine in October.

2020 will be remembered for the Corona Virus pandemic. But our weather throughout the year has also had its highs and lows, swinging from glorious sunshine to rainfall deluges, calm tranquillity to blustering gales. Whatever 2021 has in store we’ve still got the weather.

Peter George
06/01/2021 

2020 SUMMER RAINFALL COM PARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

2020 SUMMER RAINFALL COM PARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

 

Group Member

Dianna Perowne

Pauline Roberts

Graham Allison

David King

Terry Read

Peter George

Met. Office Averages

Site

Month

Hevingham Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Thorpe St Andrew Norfolk

Brooke Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

East Anglia

May

0.0mm

5.0mm

6.0mm

4.5mm

4.0mm

3.5mm

4.2mm

June

44.0mm

64.5mm

55.0mm

72.7mm

67.3mm

74.1mm

56.8mm

July

41.0mm

52.0mm

57.0mm

56.5mm

45.6mm

42.3mm

51.0mm

August

60.0mm

109.5mm

114.0mm

72.5mm

59.0mm

94.2mm

73.4mm

May – August Total

145.0mm

231.0mm

232.0mm

206.2mm

175.9mm

214.1mm

185.4mm

Year to Date Total

330.5mm

409.0mm

427.0mm

402.4mm

373.1mm

406.4mm

363.0mm

It has been another topsy-turvy period of weather with highs and lows of temperature and rainfall. The driest May for 100 years, and near record breaking temperature highs in July and August. However, it might be said that this ‘good summer’ was just what we needed during the Corona Virus lockdown.

The rainfall figures above seem fairly consistent across our region, the highs and lows dependent on catching an elusive rain cloud. The totals for the year to date are about average, yet deep down the soil is very dry. I received 31.0mm, in little more than an hour, on 26th August; this was very welcome and was absorbed very quickly with little or no run-off to the adjacent stream.  

I note that the high rainfall of August is not unusual, in fact, my personal records of the last 18 years show that our main holiday month is, on average, the wettest of them all.

Peter George

03/09/2020

2020 SPRING RAINFALL COMPARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

2020 SPRING RAINFALL COMPARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Group Member

Diana Perowne

Pauline Roberts

Graham Allison

David King

Terry Read

Peter George

Met. Office  Averages

Site               

Month                                                     

Hevingham Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Thorpe St Andrew Norfolk

Brooke Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

East Anglia

January

50.0 mm

62.5 mm

54.0 mm

65.7 mm

72.4mm

57.8 mm

50.9 mm

February

67.0 mm

76.5 mm

90.0mm

82.5 mm

76.0 mm

84.4 mm

76.1 mm

March

48.0 mm

18.0 mm

23.0 mm

22.0 mm

18.2 mm

21.9 mm

24.5 mm

April

20.5mm

21.0 mm

28.0 mm

26.0 mm

30.6 mm

28.2mm

26.1 mm

YTD Total  Jan - April

185.5mm

178.0 mm

195.0mm

196.2 mm

197.2 mm

192.3 mm

177.6 mm

The Winter/Spring of 2020 produced another fascinating period of weather in East Anglia, full of highs and lows. January gave about average rainfall, but February was a wet and stormy month. Do you recall storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge? We didn’t have the flood and devastation experienced in more westerly and northern regions of the country, but our rainfall was almost double the long term average. As if to compensate for the February deluge rainfall in March and April was a bit over half the expected norm.

Mean temperatures over the four month period have been above average with about half the expected number of days with an air frost. Average sunshine hours improved steadily from 106% in January to 160% of the expected norm in April.

Peter George
05/05/2020

2019 AUTUMN RAINFALL COMPARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

2019 AUTUMN RAINFALL COMPARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Group Member

Diana Perowne

Pauline Roberts

Graham Allison

David King

Terry Read

Peter George

Met. Office  Averages

Site

Month

Hevingham Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Thorpe St Andrew Norfolk

Brooke Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

East Anglia

September

74.5mm

99.0mm

125.0mm

77.8mm

65.0mm

50.5mm

58.4mm

October

94.0mm

127.5mm

157.0mm

142.7mm

129.0mm

50.5mm

89.8mm

November

82.0mm

83.0mm

102.0mm

95.2mm

102.8mm

76.5mm

69.8mm

December

60.0mm

80.5mm

95.0mm

75.3mm

68.2mm

74.0mm

80.5mm

Sept - Dec Totals

310.5mm

390.0mm

479.0mm

391.0mm

365.0mm

251.5mm

298.5mm

Jan - Aug Totals

285.5mm

358.5mm

384.0mm

391.8mm

344.2mm

292.0mm

324.5mm

Year Totals for 2019

596.0mm

748.5mm

863.0mm

782.8mm

709.2mm

543.5mm

623.0mm

The first thing to notice in the above chart is that the four months, September to December had a higher total rainfall than the previous eight months combined. Many would say that we needed that higher rainfall (in fact my own records for Pakenham show that the total annual rainfall for each of the five years 2015 � 20199 was below the average of the last 17 years).

It is also interesting to note the variation in total rainfall amongst this small group, 319.5mm between the highest and the lowest annual total. Although Pakenham, being further south, misses many of the shower fronts rolling in from the South West it is a bit of a lottery as to where the heavy showers fall.

According to the Met. Office averages for East Anglia the rainfall in this Autumn / Winter period was well over the long term average in each of the four months with October 138% and December 148% being the most above the monthly norm. Perhaps surprisingly, the total sunshine hours in September and December were also well above average whereas October and November by contrast had below average temperatures and sunshine.

Peter George
07/01/2020

 

2019 SUMMER RAINFALL COM PARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

 

Month

Diana Perowne

Pauline Roberts

Graham Allison

David King

Terry Read

Peter George

Met. Office Averages

 

Hevingham Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Thorpe St Andrew Norfolk

Brooke Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

East Anglia

May

35.0mm

34.5mm

39.0mm

43.3mm

34.8mm

36.5mm

43.0mm

June

86.0mm

115.5mm

106.0mm

114.5mm

107.8mm

94.0mm

89.5mm

July

14.0mm

26.5mm

37.0mm

50.0mm

48.2mm

36.5mm

39.5mm

August

24.5mm

39.5mm

38.0mm

25.7mm

26.8mm

29.5mm

36.3mm

May – August Total

159.5mm

216.0mm

220.0mm

233.5mm

217.6mm

196.5mm

208.3mm

Year to Date Total

285.5mm

358.5mm

384.0mm

391.8mm

344.2mm

292.0mm

324.5mm

Another topsy-turvy set of figures with May, July and August below average rainfall and June with above average. Despite that very useful rainfall in June the total for the year so far is well below what might be expected by the end of August. From my observations, gardens are beginning to suffer, with even some well established shrubs and trees looking decidedly unhappy with sparse, pale, drooping leaves.

The sunshine total hours of 843 during this period have been much the same as in the previous six years apart from the high of 1017 hours in 2018. However, periods of intense heat with record breaking temperatures have given our climate a Mediterranean feel. Perhaps we should be adapting our gardens to these hotter, drier conditions?

Peter George

05/09/2019