Tewkesbury Weather - Statistically Speaking
It is our great talking point but do our impressions agree with statistics?
As you see, my friend Peter has a lovely garden in the Oldbury – and he also regularly collects, and presents to me, weather statistics.
Each month I will update the Rainfall and Temperature Statistics and offer my Monthly Reflection on how the statistics underline or undermine our impressions.
John's August 2022 Reflections
The lock-down started on 23 March 2020 – 2 years ago! - and, life is almost back to normal, and Covid seems to be fading – at the moment!
Temperature: We are told that July had demonstrated record temperatures and we knew that from our own experience. August was almost as hot on average as July - 69.8 oF v 70.3 oF. The hottest afternoon temperature was “only” 84 oF as opposed to 94oF – 34.4oC. The average temperature of 69.8 oF was the hottest since Peter started his records for us in 2011. The BBC highlights 2018 as being excessive but 2022 was 4 oF warmer. There was a spell of 80 oF + from 11-14 August.
Rainfall: That can be a problem as such heat can generate heavy rain and the 16th brought an excessive shower which caused damage to our vulnerable Town Museum nearby in Barton Street:
“Excessive moisture continues to be an issue in the Museum. Following the heavy rain on the 18th August, I mopped up three litres of water from inside the tarpaulin on the top floor. Our dehumidifiers have been working hard too. Following a meeting of the Collections Committee this week, we decided to move the dehumidifiers to different locations, to see if that helps.
The mopping up fell to Chairman, Joanne Raywood and volunteers. Thanks to you all.
Conclusion: [last month: “We shall have to await whether autumn rain compensates.” Not yet: the rest of us should be concerned as the rainfall was only 34% of normal. Peter’s Hydrangea hints of Autumn but we need a wet one as in 1976.
John's July 2022 Reflections
John's June 2022 Reflections
John's May 2022 Reflections
John's April 2022 Reflections
John's March 2022 Reflections
John's February 2022 Reflections
John's January 2022 Reflections
John's December 2021 Reflections
John's November 2021 Reflections
John's October 2021 Reflections
John's September 2021 Reflections
John's August 2021 Reflections
John's July 2021 Reflections
John's June 2021 Reflections
John's May 2021 Reflections
John's April 2021 Reflections
John's March 2021 Reflections
John's February 2021 Reflections
John's January 2021 Reflections
The lock-down started on 24 March 2021 and, as I reflect on 1 February, we are in Day 343 of an almost total lockdown in Tier 4!]. On Boxing Day, we entered Lock-down III in Tier 3 closely followed by Tier 4 on 31 January because of negative statistics even in this area. We realise that we shall not now meet in public until Easter 2021 at the earliest but, this Autumn, our meetings have been held “virtual by Zoom” – both well attended attracting an average of 33 pcs, and we shall continue to meet virtually in the Spring from 25 February 2021.
Temperature January has proved a very cold month – matching the mood. Cold enough for 25mm snow of Sunday 24th. It has sunk to freezing point or below on 18 mornings - and stayed there on 7 afternoons and the maximum was only 47oF [8.5oC]. January was definitely a below average sort of month! The Daily Mail reported this week that it was nationally the coldest January weather for some time. I can agree that, in the Oldbury, the afternoons on average were coldest, at 35oF, since Peter started his records in 2012.
Rainfall January has not been as wet as December, but it has still been very wet. This makes river flooding inevitable and it has been worrying since at least 22nd January [Storm Christophe] with no respite in prospect. The town is almost cut off by floods again – and the lawns are exceedingly soggy!
Conclusion A Miserable January in so many ways – although some would welcome the rare and real snow. The floods are worrying into February and the only optimism is the increasing pace of vaccinations for those over 70. We shall have to wait and see if sunlight - and some freedom - follows.
John's December 2020 Reflections
Peter's Photos from 2020
The lock-down started on 24 March and, as I reflect on 1 January, we are in Day 312 of an almost total lockdown in Tier 4!. On Boxing Day, we entered Lock-down III in Tier 3 closely followed by Tier 4 on 31 December because of negative statistics even in this area. We realise that we shall not now meet in public until Easter 2021 at the earliest but, this Autumn, our meetings have been held “virtual by Zoom” – both well attended, attracting an average of 33 pcs, and we shall continue to meet virtually in the Spring from 28 January 2021.
Temperature December has proved a very cool month – matching the mood with pubs restricted. It has sunk to freezing point or below on 10 mornings. These levels were also reached on 6 afternoons and the maximum was only 46oF [8oC]. December was a below average sort of month, while the year was slightly above average in the morning and below in the afternoons.
Rainfall December has been a very wet month [with 2 exceptions] since 2012 and following relatively dry Novembers. It was the wettest December since Peter started collecting data in 2003. Not surprisingly, as in February, the town was briefly cut off by floods. The lawns are exceedingly soggy! The year like 2019 saw above average rainfall - with a wet February [floods which caused the loss of a meeting], August and October.
Conclusion Still Gloomy in so many ways – but at the end of the month there were two glimmers of hope with a vaccine. We shall have to wait and see if sunlight follows.
John's November 2020 Reflections
John's October 2020 Reflections
John's September 2020 Reflections
John's August 2020 Refelections
The lock-down started on 24 March and, as I reflect on 2 September, we are in Day 194. THS has lost all meetings this half season and we shall not now meet in public until January 2021 at the earliest. In the Autumn, our meetings start on 17 September and will be “virtual by Zoom”. I managed to escape to France on the 2nd and, as Autumn begins, still feel very safe on our woodland campsite SW of Bordeaux, but we accept that we shall be quarantined on return once again in the garden! It has been extremely hot here – over 40oC - but highest temperatures are now down to early 30s. Living close to nature one is aware of the sun’s habits and it is clearly rising later and setting earlier. In the Oldbury, August seems to have been a little disappointing, with a lot of rain and wind. We anticipate having to tame a wild garden during our second lock down.