Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Mildest autumn for 20 years

Posted on November 27 2011 at 2:36:28 0 comments

November skies

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

The autumn months have continued the trend this year of above average temperatures and mostly sunnier skies. This has been one of the mildest autumn period for the last 20 years, with a bit of a return to normal later in November.

Mean Max 13.9C 2.1C above average
Mean Min   6.5C   2.2C above average
Mean       10.2C 2.2C above average
Rainfall   229.2mm only 53% of autumn average
Sunshine 281.9 hrs 109% of autumn average

October 2011
The beginning of October started as September had finished with some very hot days. The highest was the 1st reaching a maximum of 27.5C, the previous high for this month being 25.9C in 1995.

The high temperatures lasted for the first three days of the month, before turning cooler and returning to near normal values.

From the 16th onwards the temperature dropped with a couple of ground frosts bringing the month’s average slightly lower.

Mean Max 16.3C 2.4C above average
Mean Min   8.7C   2.3C above average
Mean       12.5C 2.4C above average
Rainfall     47.1mm 52% of average
Sunshine 127.3hrs 138% of average

November 2011 (to 26th)
Again November has been a very mild month with very little variation in daytime temperatures, and only three ground frosts so far, due to very mild nights. The month has been very overcast with only 38.1 hours of sunshine, way below what would be expected in a normal November, yet we have had less than half of the rain we might expect.

Mean Max 11.9C 2.1C above average
Mean Min   7.1C   3.5C above average
Mean       9.5C   2.8C above average
Rainfall     38.7mm 49% of average
Sunshine   38.1hrs 60% of average

The month ahead
The changeable weather pattern seems set for the early part of December, with possibly slightly colder weather in the second half of the month. At present there doesn’t seem to be any repeat of last year’s cold and snowy spell of weather on any of the computer models. The chances of a white Christmas are quite poor!

Tornado damage

Tornado tears through

A tornado was reported around Feckenham and Astwood Bank at the beginning of November and Phil later spent a day surveying the area for the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO).

Phil actually witnessed some of the associated clouds at around 1.15pm on November 3, which he reported to TORRO as “very large scud or the remains of ragged funnel which seemed to be rotating”.

A funnel cloud is a rotating column of air found at the rear of a storm, while scud clouds are wind-torn fragments of cloud associated with a thunderstorm.

On his later survey, Phil found damage to a tree at Astwood Bank Cricket Club (right) and other evidence of damage stretching from Holberrow Green to Sambourne.