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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Another wet one for the records

Posted on August 19 2009 at 8:02:32 0 comments

August holiday sunshine in Cornwall

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

July was quite a notable month with the second highest rainfall locally over the last 20 years: 162.6mm,  which is 324 per cent of the local normal. The other wet July was in 2007 when we had 194.7mm of rain.

Temperatures were slightly below normal at 16.3C, which is -0.6 below the average. There were 146.4 hours of sunshine; 93 per cent of normal.
August so far (up to Aug 18) has been average, with rainfall 39.2mm (58 per cent of average) and temperatures of 17.2C (0.9 above average), with 77 hours of sunshine (51 per cent of average).

The weather outlook towards the end of September is for temperatures near normal, with slightly above average rainfall with some possible drier spells later in September.

These ideas come from the Met Office – can you believe how accurate they are going to be after the barbecue summer they forecast?

See Phil’s daily local forecast at http://www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com

A weather poem for September:
 
Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord of Harvest
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us…

-  Autumn Equinox Ritual

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