Weather Reports

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

2013 Autumn Rainfall Comparison for Norfolk, Suffolk & East Anglia

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

Month

Dianna Perowe

Peter Semmence

Pauline Roberts

N.C.I. *

Terry Reed

Peter George

H.P.S. Average

Met. Office Act.

 

Hevingham Norfolk

Drayton Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Caister Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

Norfolk / Suffolk

East Anglia

September

52.5mm

47.7mm

50.0mm

27.2mm

52.0mm

36.0mm    

44.4mm

41.5mm

October

100.0mm

108.5 mm

117.5mm

42.7mm

107.4mm

87.5mm

93.9mm

99.6mm

November

50.0mm

55.0mm

70.5mm

mm

63.6mm

47.0mm

57.2mm

53.6mm

December

36.0mm

mm

39.0mm

mm

35.0mm  

55.5mm

41.4mm

58.7mm

Sept-Dec Total

238.5mm

211.2mm

277.0mm

69.9mm

258.0mm

226.0mm

236.9mm

253.4mm

Full Year Total

552.2mm

563.1mm not inc. Dec  

594.0mm

214.2mm not inc. Nov & Dec

583.0mm

499mm

523.9mm

542.4mm

* National Coastwatch Institution.

Please note: The rainfall totals for Drayton do not include a figure for December and for Caister do not include figures for November and December. The H.P.S. averages for those months have been calculated on the reduced number of sites.

It is interesting to note that when looking at the Met. Office averages for East Anglia the high rainfall in October, 153% of average, is mirrored by sunshine hours of only 80% of average. However, low average rainfall in September, November and December corresponds with above average sunshine hours. The incidence air frosts in October, November and December is also below average.

Peter George 15/01/2014

2013 Summer Rainfall Comparison for Norfolk, Suffolk & East Anglia

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

Month

Dianna Perowe

Peter Semmence

Pauline Roberts

N.C.I. *

Terry Reed

Peter George

H.P.S. Average

Met. Office Act.

 

Hevingham Norfolk

Drayton Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Caister Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

Norfolk / Suffolk

East Anglia

May

51.5mm

66.7mm

50.5mm

19.7mm

53.6mm

46.0mm    

48.0mm

47.5mm

June

21.5mm

16.5mm

23.5mm

8.4mm

30.4mm

15.5mm

19.3mm

19.5mm

July

10.0mm

13.7mm

19.5mm

5.1mm

13.2mm

24.5mm

14.3mm

29.5mm

August

38.5mm

31.0mm

61.0mm

18.7mm

34.8mm  

38.0mm

37.0mm

47.0mm

Period Total

121.5mm

127.9mm

154.5mm

51.9mm

132.0mm

124.0mm

118.6mm

143.5mm

Year to date Total

313.5mm

352.1mm

317.0mm

144.3mm

325.0mm

273.0mm

287.4mm

289.0mm

* National Coastwatch Institution.

I suppose that 2013 will go down as a good summer and we certainly needed it after our cold winter!
May, was very average in both rainfall and sunshine and June, had about normal sunshine but was much drier than average. July and August were much sunnier than normal with lower than average rainfall especially in July.

Peter George     28/10/2013

2013 Spring Rainfall Comparison for Norfolk, Suffolk & East Anglia

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

Month

Diana Perowne

Peter Semmence

Pauline Roberts

N.C.I. *

Terry Reed

Peter George

H.P.S. Average

Met. Office Av.

 

Hevingham Norfolk

Drayton Norfolk

Wendling Norfolk

Caister Norfolk

Sisland Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

Norfolk / Suffolk

East Anglia

Jan

59.00mm

64.50mm

44.00mm

32.40mm

44.60mm

49.50mm

49.00mm

41.20mm

Feb

34.00mm

43.00mm

39.00mm

32.60mm

37.00mm

33.00mm

36.43mm

30.70mm

March

80.00mm

86.25mm

65.00mm

19.20mm

87.00mm

47.50mm

64.16mm

48.80mm

April

19.00mm

30.50mm

14.50mm

8.20mm

24.40mm

19.00mm

19.26mm

24.80mm

Period Total

192.00mm

224.25mm

162.50mm

92.40mm

193.00mm

149.00mm

168.85mm

145.50mm

YEAR TOTAL

192.00mm

224.25mm

162.50mm

92.40mm

193.00mm

149.00mm

168.85mm

145.50mm

* National Coastwatch Institution.

It would seem that rainfall and also in this period, snowfall, were again variable across our two counties and "catching" a heavy shower, or not, is largely a matter of chance. However, Drayton is again top of the rainfall league with Caister well down at the bottom.

Judging by the number of woody plants that have either died or have been severely curtailed, we have had a cold winter and the climate averages for East Anglia bear this out. The mean average temperature for each of January, February and March was 2.9˚C with a total of 42.5 days with an air frost over the three months.

Sunshine hours for the three months were also well below average at 77.6% of normal. April was a bit colder than average, but it did have a welcome 117% of normal sunshine.

Peter George