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Shock horror, a cool showery April for a change

No, you did not imagine it, it has been miserable for far too long so I haven’t ventured out much. This is partly the reason for my lack of posts, alongside a busier working life. More news to come, honest!

Tony Powell

Official blog of the Met Office news team

These are early figures covering 1 – 25 of April and not full month statistics, so are therefore very likely to change. Especially regarding ranking. Full month figures will not be available until provisionally Wednesday 2 May.

Figures for 1 – 25 April show the month so far has seen well above average rainfall across the UK, with 97 mm of rain recorded – this is 139% of the long-term monthly average (1971-2000). The wettest April in the records dating back to 1910 was 2000 which saw 120.3 mm of rain.

Currently the month is the 9th wettest April for the UK in the records. However, it’s not possible to say where the month will end up in the records until all the figures are in at the end of the month – especially as we are expecting heavy rain on Sunday.

Some areas have seen significant rainfall amounts with some parts of the…

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Mankind pressing the self destruct button once again

How does the following video affect you emotionally? The above is in relation to a post entitled "the last days of wildcat falls" courtesy of Rebecca in the woods. Rebecca is from across the pond but this matters not! This kind of destruction is happening on a global scale, along with it, the biodiversity, crucial to man’s … Continue reading Mankind pressing the self destruct button once again

Early April offerings from nature

Here are my latest offerings from my Phenological sightings. I first witnessed a Pendunculate Oak (Quercus robur) in budburst on the 3rd April. This matches quite closely to last year's date of 7th April but is well ahead of 2010's date of 24th April. The average date on which this bud bursting happens is 14th April, based … Continue reading Early April offerings from nature

March and April Phenological madness

I have recently updated my natural events calendar to reflect all the activity since Mid March. So where are we now? Unseasonably warm temperatures and a continuing drought have dominated the UK weather headlines from the past couple of weeks. The drought area recently increased in size to cover a larger area of the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, snow … Continue reading March and April Phenological madness

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