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The Climate Of Wirral

I thought I'd set up a blog entry on the climate of my home peninsular, Wirral.

For about 5 years now I've been fascinated by micro-climatology and how differences occur in relative small areas.

All year around I'm looking for mild weather, either absolutely or relatively - you might think "why on Earth would he want to do that? It's mush, horrible and boring!" Well not to me it isn't.. let me explain..

Living on the coast I am in a perfect place to witness these variances in local climate but to see the variances you have to look at this side in terms of mildness -if I was living in Chester perhaps I would be looking for cold, conversely, and perhaps unfortunately in many peoples eyes, I live on the mild side!

There are many instances in the past were the difference between my location and Manchester, or even Chester and on occassion, Liverpool were so big you would not believe me if I told you face to face without evidence at hand.

Here's a few examples of temperature minimums I have recorded recently..

24/09/09: Chester: 6.5C, Heswall: 10.2C
08/09/09: Chester: 12.3C, Heswall: 16.1C

Also massive differences in terms of national differences... I can recall at one time this winter, in February, my temperature was 10C and the temperature in the southeast of sub zero - unbelievable and totally exciting.

If I was to rank the place in order which are the mildest in Wirral (Mildest - Coldest):

1. New Brighton (Northeast Coast)
2. Moreton (North Coast)
3. Hoylake (North Coast)
4. West Kirby (Northwest Coast)
5. Wallasey (Northeast)
6. Birkenhead (Northeast)
7. Meols (North Coast)
8. Bebington (East)
9. Thurstaston (West Coast)
10. Heswall (West Coast)
11. Raby Mere (Central)
12. Greasby (Central)
13. Oxton (Central)
14. Upton (Central)
15. Prenton (Central)
16. Neston (Southwest Coast)
17. Burton (Southwest)
18. Puddington (South)

These are basically sorted from 1. (the mildest), to 18. (The lowest)

The Lowest temperature ever recorded in Wirral is -14.0 in Bidston, however upon doing some research surprisingly Heswall, given it's more 'inland' position (even though still on the coast) has only recorded an absolute minimum of -10C? Why is this though?

Well part of it is the fact the Wirral is surrounded by three sides of water this acts as a blanket, preventing very cold weather from ever prevailing here. The Welsh mountains and Pennines enclose the area, creating a very dry climate, for it's westerly point.. in fact it's a bizarre climate given it is so mild and dry, usually, it's the case that a dry climate is fairly cold in Winter.. but not here!

Anyway that's it really, now you know abit about where I live, what I have to put up with in weather terms, having very little in the way of wintry weather I just have to adapt!

SP1986

SP1986

 

Position Explained

I think its important to establish my overall position in context of weather favourites and what I like. It's almost impossible to like mild weather and not be called a "wind-up merchant" unfortunately I feel this applies to me so this blog entry is just reassuring the people of Net-weather that I am no wind-up merchant! My taste in weather is a little contradictory in that I'm a fan of mild, but I'm also a big fan of snow, but I don't appreciate cold. This is due to my inability to take cold conditions without being affected in a negative way, for example extreme sensitivity seems to attack my pain receptors more than most. By as low at 3C my hand feels numb, it is something I have seen the doctor about, and apparently it is the existence of very sensitive nerve endings in my skin. So therefore I appreciate milder weather as it is better for my health. I love snow though and anyone who remembers me from snow watch knows that, I would give anything to see an awesome snowfall, as snow can bring happiness to anyones day! Its becoming all too rare in this day and age which is a big shame but perhaps like in 2005 and 2006 more snow may still occur in the future. So there you have it, I'm a fan of mild largely because its friendly to me, but also because I grow subtropical plant species but conversely I'm also a snow fan who loves seeing the site of the white stuff on a cold winters day. What I dont like is dry and cold! Theres an explanation for those who dont quite understand my position (as some have queried in the past)

SP1986

SP1986

 

Snow!!

Lovely, not since 2001 have I seen this much snow, which makes a change. However I failed to make a snowman, although I did had a drunken snowball fight (although I wasnt too drunk - just merry), which was mega fun.About to cop anther heavy snow shower so I'll be off!!

SP1986

SP1986

 

Hello!

Haven't created an entry for a while. Actually looking back on my entries, I'm suprised I wrote those! Anyway as we head into winter, everyone is excited about the prospects with the possibility of something a little more seasonal than of the past decade. White Christmas or not? Ill be enjoying it either way! Started the second year of uni this year, which has gone quite fast, I mean half a year has gone already, although I realise in the new year the pressure will really be on with lots of essays, presentations etc! Since the last time a wrote, I have actually got up to alot more than I thought I would - didn't end up going on holiday but we have booked a holiday for next year (the family), so that should be quite good. Anyway there's a good chance I won't be writing in this before Christmas, unless there is a major snow event (which I doubt there will be), and if there is I will post my photos, no doubt. It leaves me to wish everyone a happy christmas!

SP1986

SP1986

 

Nice And Warm

I'm personally surprised at how long it's lasting, the dryness and weather that we have. Will it ever end, I hope not - but I admit I do get bored of the same old weather day after day. 30°C and drizzle for one day would be nice, but as I'm not living in the western pacific coast, I don't reckon that will happen! Is it just me or is everyone bored?? I remember as a kid, summer breaks were exciting, but now they're plain boring, and when they're not I'm usually standing somewhere protecting myself from an invasion from somwhere or other... don't ask!Need an overdose on alcohol thats what! - maybe not an overdose but enough to enjoy - everyone else around me seems to get ratted whenever they want so I will too - talk about social conditioning! :lol:ciao for now (J. Bastardi has influenced my goodbyes )

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Greece Is The Word

yeh Greece is the word. I'll be listening good on Thursday, Greece v Brazil in the COnfederations cup, if we beat Brazil we're the best in the world - In the world I tell you! bet you never thought that would be likely - did you?Let's be honest neither did I, but I'm damn proud. That's what you get for winning the Continental Championships!!Other than that, life is pretty boring at the moment, nothing to do, nowhere to go and no-one to see, just sitting here when im not at work - this is great but there has to be more to life than this - I like going out but on my own all the time - can't hack it!It's going to be a boring summer *yawn* Just wanna get back to university really, or go on holiday - it aint gonna happen though not this year.Best thing I can do now, is eat alot!well that's all really, nothing great to fill my blog in with!

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Weather Log - 28th January

Morning, mostly cloudy and dry few bright spells, mainly coolMorning Statistics:Highest Cloud Cover: 7/8 OktasLowest Cloud Cover: 5/8 OktasHighest Sunshine: 12 minutesLowest Sunshine: 0 minutesHighest Humidity: 89%Lowest Humidity: 82%Total Rainfall: 0.0mmHighest Temperature: 7.1°CLowest Temperature: 6.8°CAfternoon, Cloudy and mildish with a few sunny/bright spells, also drizzle later in the dayAfternoon Statistics:Highest Cloud Cover: 7/8 OktasLowest Cloud Cover 6/8 OktasHighest Sunshine: 8 minutesLowest Sunshine: 0 minutesHighest Humidity: 95%Lowest Humidity: 87%Total Rainfall: 1.5mmHighest Temperature: 8.6°CLowest Temperature: 7.0°C

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Funny 'poetry' - Winnie The Pooh

I got this 'poem' today in English Literature I thought it was absolutely halarious...The House at Pooh Corner (A.A Milne, 1928)----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Christopher Robin is goingAt least I think he is..WhereNobody knows.But he is going -I mean he goes(To rhyme with 'knows')Do we care?(To rhyme with 'where')We doVery much(I Haven't got a rhyme for that 'is' in the second line yet. Bother)(Now I haven't got a rhyme for bother. Bother)These two bothers will have to rhyme with each other Buther.The fact is this is more difficult than I thought,I ought -(very good indeed)I oughtTo begin again, But it is easierTo stop.Christopher Robin, good-bye,I(good)I And all your friendSend -(Very awkward this, it keeps going wrong.)Well anyhow, we sendOur loveEND.'If anyone wants to clap,' said Eeyore when he had read this 'now is the time to do it.' They all clapped. 'Thank you,' said Eeyore.'Unexpected and gratifying, if a little lacking in Smack.'-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------That is one heck of a funny 'poem', couldn't resist sharing it with you...

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Today - 28th Jan '05

Well Hi, my first entry, I'm going to bore you with my day....Woke up at 06:50, or more to the point, got woken up... Had cereal. Actually no I didn't I was worrying about missing the bus. Anyhow stood at the bus stop for erm 7 minutes waiting for the 472, which I missed, so i thought I'll wait for the 72 - strange thing was, the 473 turned up first which is better as it takes me straight to Liverpool without all the hassle of going through Birkenhead. Once I got to University, I purchased a Bottle of Coke. I then proceeded t my Lecture which was in Stand Park Building 101 - more commonly known as 'the floating laboratories' because they're so high up! Anyhow had my lecture from 9-11am on Cultural Geography, very interesting too!After that I thought I'd nip down to the SU to wait for my English Lit lecture, there I met up with two friends Katie, and her friend who's name I really should know.. but anyhow, when the time came we headed off to our English Lit seminar about Interpretation. Got the bus home - the Arriva 78 - the most unreliable bus in the UK!Went to work more or less straight away, had time to chat with Daisy who is a special friend of mine (we always have deep and meaningful coversations)less said about work the better ... ahem...Came home and looked at the models nice to see the 12z fantasy run in full flourish (either that or Im desperately clutching to 600 strawsAnyway thats all for now

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