Snow on the way? (WS7 weather report 21-1-2019)

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It is another day with subtle changes taking place that will, eventually, lead to more inclement weather arriving either later in the day or week.

The morning sees a cool but not excessively cold start to the day.  At 06:30 hours approximately the air temperature was 2.9c.  This is slightly warmer that we encountered over the last two years.  This day last year some snow was falling in our area.

Today will se a slightly misty start giving way to a mainly cloudy day but we will see the occasional brighter spell break through.

As the day passes a band of low air pressure (1004mb) will arrive from the N and this will bring widespread rain to our area late in the day and overnight.  Coupled with the rain will be an increase in wind speed as the air pressure changes.  The risk of rain during daylight hours is 14% increasing to 85% as the evening passes.

Today’s wind speed will be around 2mph this morning increasing to around 10-12mph later in the day.  The wind will be deriving from the SSW.

Looking ahead there is some suggestions being made that we may see some snow late tomorrow night into Wednesday morning.  At the moment not all models support this belief and the doubt lies around the air temperature and “thickness” at approximately 1.5KM above the earth.  At the moment all of conditions are not being met to deliver snow although they are very close and the position can easily switch.  We can examine this situation again tomorrow when the position will be a little clearer.

Summary : Dry during daylight hours but rain moving in later.

Observations made 06:31 hours on the 21 January 2019 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : 2.9c; Air pressure : 1023.4mb steady; Relative humidity 89%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 6mm; Rain this year : 6mm

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On the edge (WS7 weather report 20-1-2019)

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It was another overcast and slightly misty start to the day.  The air temperature was 2.4c at the time of my observations which is very similar to the the same day last year (2.1c at 07:50 hours).

Our area lies right on the edge of some heavy cloud throughout the day today.  The further east you travel the more likely you will see some bright spells.  We may be fortunate enough to receive some bright spells but it is more likely to be a generally cloudy day.

Our top temperature will be around 4c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 2c.

As the day passes the air pressure will steadily rise to around 1024mb.  This movement in the air pressure will signal a change in wind direction from the ESE towards the NW.  The risk of rain will also reduce from 30% before 09:00 to 10% by mid afternoon.  Today’s average wind  speed will be around 2-3mph.

The week ahead will see  sunshine, some cool temperatures overnight , some rain and possibly the odd wintry shower but this is unlikely to create any accumulation.  A proper January mix!

Summary : A slightly misty start to the day.  Generally cloudy but dry.

Observations made 08:50 hours on the 20 January 2019 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : 2.4c; Air pressure : 1016.9mb rising rapidly; Relative humidity 90%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 6mm; Rain this year : 6mm

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Very overcast. Any risk of snow? (WS7 weather report 19-1-2019)

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It was an extremely overcast start to the day with the cloud covering preventing any brightness to develop.  Even at nearly 09:00 hours it was necessary to switch on the light to type this blog.  A look at the satellite images shows that thick cloud will remain with us throughout the daylight hours.

We will not see temperatures dip down below freezing point today but it will still be chilly.  Our top temperature will be around 4.5c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 3c.   last night’s minimum overnight temperature was 2.2c at 00:36 hours.

There is a high risk of some further rain today (90%) around late morning / early lunchtime (11:30 to noon).  Light rain will push int our area from the Worcestershire area and, due to the low wind speed, it may take an hour or so to clear.  There is no risk of any accumulating snow in our area today or for the next few days.

Today’s breeze will be deriving from the cool ESE and the average wind speed will be around 6-7mph.  With the wind chill our top temperature will feel more like 2c.

Summary : A very overcast day with a risk of some rain around lunchtime.

Observations made 08:32 hours on the 19 January 2019 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : 3.3cc; Air pressure : 1007.8mb steady; Relative humidity 91%; Wind : 1 mph ENE; Rain this month : 5.4mm; Rain this year : 5.4mm

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Cold start to the day (WS7 weather report 18-1-2019)

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The minimum air temperature overnight was -1.5c at 03:54 hours and at the time of my observations (approximately 06:30 hours) the air temperature had climbed all of the way up to -0.4c.

It will, therefore, be a chilly journey in to work or school today and care should be taken on pavements or side roads as there may be some icy  patches about.

As the day passes we do see the risk of some rain develop.  The risk is particularly at its highest point around mid to late afternoon until early evening. (from around 14:30 onward).  It is unlikely to rain throughout this period but the risk of some rain during this time is around 70%.

The cloud will, however, help the day warm up a little.  Our top temperature will be around 4c.  Overnight will stay just in positive numbers at around 2c.

Today’s breeze will be deriving from the SE.  As the day passes the wind speed will increase.  Our average wind speed will be around 3-4mph during the morning increasing to around 8mph (with gusts of around 20mph) by mid evening.

Summary : A cold start to the day with the risk of rain increasing during the afternoon / early evening.

Observations made 06:33 hours on the 18 January 2019 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : -0.4c; Air pressure : 1016.2mb reducing slowly; Relative humidity 88%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 4.2mm; Rain this year : 4.2mm

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A cold start to the day – will it last? (WS7 weather report 17-1-2019)

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It will be a cool trip to school or work this morning with the air temperature at 06:30 hours only 2.1c. This is not too dissimilar to the same day and time last year when the air temperature at 06:27 hours was 2.6c (with an overnight low of 1.1c).

This cold spell will remain with us for a number of days (up to around the 27th according to current models before, almost immediately, becoming cold again into early February).

The “good” news for today is that the air pressure is rising rapidly (to around 1016mb) and we will see clear and dry spells develop.  The overnight rain will soon clear as the early morning passes.  The risk of rain after 9am is around 7c.

These clear spells, however, will not help lift the maximum temperature up above 4c.  Overnight we will see temperatures reduce blow freezing point to around -2c.

A noticeable feature of the day will be the cool NW breeze.  This wind will be blowing at an average speed of around 6-8mph during the daylight hours.  This breeze will make  the 4c thermometer reading “feel” more like 2c with the wind chill.

As the evening passes into early morning we will see the wind  derive from a more WNW-W position.  It will be a cold start to tomorrow with ice patches likely.

Summary : Early rain clearing to leave a generally dry but cold day.

Observations made 06:17 hours on the 17 January 2018 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : 2.3c; Air pressure : 1007.7mb reducing rapidly; Relative humidity 91%; Wind : 10 mph NW; Rain this month : 4.2mm; Rain this year : 4.2mm

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Last of the mild days? (WS7 weather report 16-1-2019)

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As I indicated in yesterday’s blog today has started off with some light rain.  The radar images suggest that there are a number of small rain carrying clouds that will pass through our area during the early commute and these will bring a 30% of further rain first thing this morning.

A more significant band of rain will, however, begin to travel through out area during late morning (and into early afternoon).  This more significant system is 80% likely of bringing some rain to our area.

First thing this morning the air pressure will be reducing rapidly and this will help develop a significant breeze.  As the day passes into early evening (and the air pressure settles) the breeze speed will reduce.  This morning we can expect the SW breeze to average a wind speed of around 10mph.

Today will also see the last of the “mild days” for a while as a high air pressure block forms in our area.  This will see some clear spells and a cool NW breeze develop over the next few days.  Our top temperature today will be around 8c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 2c.  Over the next few days our top temperature will be round 4c with the overnight low falling to around or even just below freezing point.

Summary : Some rain during the day.  Wind speed reducing later in the day.

Observations made 06:26 hours on the 16 January 2018 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : 8.1c; Air pressure : 1003.4mb reducing rapidly; Relative humidity 90%; Wind : 10 mph SW; Rain this month : 1.6mm; Rain this year : 1.6mm

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Best day of the week (WS7 weather report 15-1-2019)

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This morning’s early observation (approximately 06:30 hours) noted the air temperature at 6.3c.  this is very similar to the same day in 2017 and slightly cooler (by around 1c) than last year.

For reasons I will detail below today is going to be the best day of the week weather wise.

Today will be a generally dry day with a top temperature of around 9-10c.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 8c. The risk of rain today is no greater than 23%.

It is during the later hours of today that we will see the air pressure begin to reduce and by 18:00 hours the barometer will be reading 1012mb and by tomorrow morning the air pressure will be around 1005mb.  As the evening passes the wind speed will also increase as the points of pressure become more closely spaced.  This reduction in air pressure will bring rain to our area by tomorrow morning.

The remainder of the week will then become cool with overnight temperatures at or around freezing point.  The top temperature during the daylight hours in unlikely to be greater than 5c.

Today’s breeze will be deriving from the SW and the average wind speed will be around 6-7mph.

So, if you have anything you want to do outdoors today, then today is the day to do it!

Summary : A dry and mild day but becoming breezy overnight with some rain by tomorrow morning.

Observations made 06:35 hours on the 15 January 2018 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Temperature : 6.3c; Air pressure : 1018.4mb reducing slowly; Relative humidity 90%; Wind : 2mph SW; Rain this month : 1.4mm; Rain this year : 1.4mm

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