More Snow at Forncett St.Mary

Written by John Metcalf. Posted in News item

January16th 2013 - overnight snow on Monday and very cold -9C here (Norwich airport -12C) but no winds to disturb the fallen snow (

 
  

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Photographs taken by John Metcalf at Four Seasons, Forncett St Mary 16 January 2013

Winter!

Written by John Metcalf. Posted in News item

 
  

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Photographs taken by John Metcalf at Four Seasons, Forncett St Mary 15 January 2013

2011 Summer Rainfall Comparison for Norfolk, Suffolk & East Anglia

Written by Peter George. Posted in Weather Reports

MONTH

John Alston

Peter Semmence

Peter George

Met. Office Av.

Alby Norfolk

Howe Norfolk

Pakenham Suffolk

East Anglia

May

10.0mm

22.5mm

14.5mm

16.0mm

June

62.0mm

63.5mm

58.5mm

65.5mm

July

50.5mm

81.5mm

52.5mm

56.7mm

August

70.5mm

60.5mm

66.0mm

56.8mm

Period Total

193.0mm

228.0mm

191.5mm

195.0mm

YEAR TOTAL

308.5mm

359.0mm

327.0mm

309.4mm


The rainfall in this four month period shows little variation across the three sites apart from the odd localised heavy shower and matches well with the Met Office averages for East Anglia.

More interesting to us farmers and gardeners are the sunshine averages for East Anglia;

May - 242.9 hrs, 123% of average. June – 216.3 hrs, 115% of average.

July – 164.8 hrs, 83% of average. August – 161.9, 82% of average.

How our Plants Fared

Geoff Wilson, over in Lowestoft told me how well his hanging baskets had done, particularly at this, the end, of the summer season. Although I don’t have hanging baskets I do have a brick trough in front of my front door porch and the geraniums in it with the summer bedding is looking very luxurious.

Pam Ratcliffe, Editor of the National publication – ‘The Hardy Plant’ expressed an interest in this part of our newsletter. She went on to put together an article entitled ‘Some Lessons Learned‘ which compares how plants did in our region, compared to those growing in Devon and those in the North – See page 48 of The Hardy Plant, volume 32, number 2.