WS7 weather report for Hammerwich, Lichfield, Burntwood, Brownhills, Bloxwich and surrounding areas (24 August 2011).

Observations made 06:27 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1011mb

Temperature : 12.9c

Wind : 1 mph WSW

Relative humidity : 71%

Cloud cover : 5/8

Rain since 00:01 hours : 0mm

Forecast for today.

Well yesterday we had the first drop of rain for a while in Hammerwich but only 0.2mm fell during the short spell.  For the month we have only had  a total of 11.4mm of rainfall.

Today will be another, at times, bright day but we have to mindful that the jet stream position is on the move and over the next 24 hours will move and sit across the country in a West to East direction.  This position generally brings with it more “British” style weather (cloudy with sunshine and showers).

Today will also follow the pattern of being cloudy with some sunny spells the question is whether we will have some rain later in the day.  Currently all of the radar images show bands of rain carrying cloud running across the country from west to east. 

I will monitor the situation on radar and track the rainfall via fellow amateur sites to see if we will receive some rain.  Should the situation develop I will report via twitter.

  If we did (and the current radar forecasts prove correct) then rain would fall around 18:00 – 20:00 hours dependent on wind speed. 

One thing you will notice during the afternoon is that the breeze will pick up to around 10mph but at times some gusts could be twice that speed.

Yesterday, I had a little banter on Twitter with Julie Kane (@juliekane) and Brownhills Bob (@brownhillsbob) regarding rain with differing viewpoints coming forward (gardener or cyclist).  I sympathise with both! That political answer reminded me of 1976 when Dennis Howell was appointed Minister of Draught and then later on in his career Minister of Snow. There may be a career in politics for me yet or maybe not.  I am always forgetting to claim my expenses!


Cloud increasing but some sunny spells rain possible later.


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