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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

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Posted on April 24 2010 at 1:21:26 0 comments

The volcanic ash cloud over Alvechurch


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

April turned out to be a dry, sunny month (up to the 25th) with only 16.1mm of rain (27 per cent of the average for April) and 171.1 hours of sunshine (145 per cent of the average for April).

The average maximum temperature of 13.6C was 1.1C above average, while the average minimum of 3.6C was bang on the average for the month. Coldest grass minimum temperature was minus-6.4C on the 22nd.

April had a very dry spell of 18 days without any rainfall recorded from the 6th to the 25th after starting with a wet spell.

The first week was unsettled before high pressure then settled itself across the UK bringing the dry weather, which was sometimes quite cold due to the north westerly airstream.

It was the position of this high pressure that gave rise to all of the problems with the Icelandic volcanic dust cloud.

During the air travel restrictions we had a period of very clear blue skies with no aircraft con trails, which normally spread out and form a milky colour to a sunny blue sky.

It seems at last that there may be a slight return to “normal Uk weather” in the coming weeks. The outlook for May is for near normal temperatures and rainfall.

It seems that we may return to a west or south westerly airstream with the resultant changeable weather it brings. This will tend to indicate the best of the weather will be in the south east and the wettest in the north west of the UK.

Weather lore:
“A cold May gives full barns and empty churchyards.”
or
“A wet May brings a load of hay.”

There’s more information at www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com and you can now see an improved HD weather-cam, updated at one-minute intervals, at: www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com/webcam_alvechurch.php

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