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2020 SPRING RAINFALL COMPARISON FOR NORFOLK, SUFFOLK & EAST ANGLIA

Written by Peter Lyle. 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

2016 Summer Rainfall Comparison for Norfolk & East Anglia

Written by Collin Pusey. 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

42.0mm

47.0mm

57.0mm

43.7mm

44.6mm

52.5mm

49.7mm

June

110.0mm

119.0mm

122.0mm

115.0mm

77.8mm

112.5mm

106.5mm

July

15.0mm

25.5mm

26.0mm

22.7mm

32.8mm

16.5mm

29.7mm

August

25.0mm

26.0mm

14.0mm

22.9mm

29.0mm

37.5mm

32.8mm

May – Aug Total

192.0mm

217.5mm

219.0mm

204.3mm

184.2mm

219.0mm

218.7mm

Jan - April Total

254.5mm

303.0mm

266.5mm

261.1mm

228.1mm

187.5mm

228.9mm

Year to Date Total

446.5mm

520.5mm

485.5mm

465.4mm

413.3mm

406.5mm

447.6mm

 

During this ‘Summer’ period our HPS monthly readings appear remarkably consistent, although the total rainfall in any one month can be greatly affected by thunder storms. For example; on 30 May, Wendling had 25mm, on 23 June, Brooke had 52mm and on 28 August, Pakenham had 18mm. 

Looking at the Met Office averages for East Anglia, yet again we have had a series of months with highs and lows in rainfall. In May, rainfall was slightly over the 10 year average in June it was double and in July and August it was just 58% and 59% of average. Over the four month period, June was the bad month with high rainfall, sunshine levels 73% of average and low day temperatures, but above average night temperatures. 

Compiled 13,09.2016 by Peter George

 

2014 Summer Rainfall Comparison for Norfolk, Suffolk & East Anglia

Written by Peter George and Andrew Lawes. Posted in Weather Reports

Month

Diana Perowne

Peter Semmence

Pauline Roberts

Terry Read

Peter George

H.P.S. Average

Met. Office  Act

 

Hevingham Norfolk

Drayton Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

Norfolk / Suffolk

East Anglia

May

122.5mm

146.2mm

107.5mm

113.9mm

121.0mm

122.2mm

88.0mm

June

39.0mm

60.0mm

41.5mm

48.6mm

43.5mm

46.5mm

34.5mm

July

79.0mm

112.2mm

39.0mm

62.0mm

27.0mm

63.8mm

68.4mm

August

69.5mm

92.5mm

104.0mm

113.6mm

97.0mm

95.3mm

94.4mm

May – Aug Total

310.0mm

410.9mm

292.0mm

338.1mm

 288.5mm

327.8mm

285.3mm

Year to Date Total

534.0mm

636.4mm

481.0mm

525.9mm

462.0mm

527.8mm

495.5mm

Once again it has been an interesting period of weather with some wide monthly variations from the five recordings. Heavy summer showers are very hit or miss. Taking East Anglia as a whole the weather has been pretty good with sunshine hours above average in all four months especially in June and July and with higher than average temperatures apart from in August. The greater than average rainfall, over the period, was probably much needed.

Peter George

How Plants Fared During This Period

Of the vegetable crops, this season was a bad one for garlic and shallots, both ending up with rust which stunted their growth producing a very poor crop which didn't store well either. Tomatoes were blighted by powdery mildew on their leaves and they too cropped exceedingly poorly.

Here in Beccles, despite me pruning the parts I could reach and spraying with a systemic fungicide, the mature phillyrea still developed brown spores on the underside of its leaves which results in brown cracks on the leaves which then fall copiously in summer. The crab apple also had powdery mildew on its leaves and seems in a poor way despite previous efforts to stop the blight and canker. On the other hand the chard has grown into monster specimens, its ruby stems, gold stems and white stems supporting crinkled, dark-green leaves like dinghy sails. Miscanthus, both 'Cosmopolitan' and 'Giraffe' are competing to be the tallest – Giraffe having its best year so far.

Andre Lawes