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  1. Can see the sky flashing away to my south-west from here near Oxford. Nice to look on the lightning map and see an overnight MCS moving across the UK for once instead of France/Germany.
  2. Autumn 2016

    It's a big spike to occur within a 60 minute interval for sure. We really need a half hourly or even minute by minute obs to work this one out. Somewhere at the Met Office must have this data otherwise they wouldn't have recorded it hitting 34.4. Could there have been a brief change in wind direction or a convective downdraft/updraft nearby that caused a sudden rush of warmer air accross the site? From the hourly obs there was a change in wind direction between 4pm and 5pm which did cause a 0.6 increase in temperature but the Twitter statement was released before 4pm wasn't it?
  3. White Horse Leasure Centre in east Abingdon. Constant rumbling but only 3 or 4 real loud ones so far.
  4. Very active storm in south Oxfordshire. Constant rumbling approaching, no gaps between the rumbles.
  5. On way back home noticed a mixture of soft hail or wet snow has settled on sheltered areas of grass between Boars Hill and Lodge Hill, North Abingdon. None really in the town itself though. It was light sleet/wet snowing on Boars Hill too when I drove past about 11:30pm. Temp fluctuated between 2C and 3C on car thermometer. Gritters out spreading too.
  6. My heating use has been minimal in recent weeks due to the mild weather but my dehumidfier has been running several hours a day. Although running the dehumidfier is still cheaper than turning the heating on. It might say 15 or 16 Celcius on an outdoor thermometer recently but I'm sure the feels like temperature must be in excess of 20 Celcius with all this humidity.
  7. And If we get really desperate there's always October. We had that 30 degree October spell a few years ago and even just last year we had 24C on Halloween and that's practically November! Now that was a really odd day as it was very warm and sunny but with a winter-esque 4:36pm sunset.
  8. Taking London as an example, the sunrise time gets to 7:39am on the day before we change the clocks back in October this year. In March the sunrise time got to 5:46am the day before we changed the clocks forward. If we had done the clock change on the first Sunday of March this year instead the sunrise time would have been changed from the 6:47am we actually had to 7:47am. So we should move our Spring clock change to the first weekend of March to make it roughly proportional to the Autumn clock change in terms of sunrise times.
  9. Why do we have it lopsided like that in the UK? In Autumn we move the clocks in the last weekend of October, which is 5/6 weeks after the equinox but in Spring we do it the last weekend of March, which is a week after the equinox rather than 5/6 weeks before it. Surely we should move the clocks the first week of March (or last of Feb) instead. Do we need an extra hour of early morning daylight in March to melt the frost on our windscreens for us before we go out, instead of having it in the evening like September/October? EDIT: OK it seems we have to keep our clock changing dates in line with other EU countries but that means all countries have a discrepancy between Autumn and Spring.
  10. South Newington in Oxfordshire fell to 1.1C last night. Mentioned on the BBC1 10:35pm forecast as the coldest July night in southern England on record. Amazing how we started the month with the highest on record and now we end it on the lowest.
  11. Certainly has been a cold Sunday (and moreso on Friday). The temperature did rise up to 17C quite quickly once the sun came out for some sunny intervals between about 6pm-7pm though. This seemed to be enough to set off some further showers. I suppose temperatures being 8-10 degrees below average in July is like the equivalent of an ice day in winter. My average max mid July to mid August is 22C, doesn't look like any day this week will reach that. Locally it has been a pretty decent summer so far up until last Friday. Hardly any wet days really or even showers. Most days have been sunny intervals with temps between 20C - 24C. A few warmer days of 25C-28C and of course that exceptional spell in early July.
  12. Just been watching the storm over North West London between about 12:30am -1:30am. When I say watching, I'm about 45-50 miles away (Abingdon) and could see the actual lightning bolts in the towering cloud. Remarkable to see such a sight from so far away. The bolts themselves looked really narrow and at one point were flickering around the clouds every couple of seconds for about 10 minutes. It was completely silent too, not even a hint of distant thunder. You can often see the sky flashing with sheet lightning from distant storms but I've never seen bolt lightning from so far away.
  13. Summer 2015

    Fantastic hot day. My thermometer hit 34.2 C mid afternoon and it certainly felt it out and about in it. A proper full day of heat as well, not the usual peaking at 30 C for half an hour at 4pm, this time it was 30 C + all the way from 11am until evening. The surprising thing was that even though there were some quite lengthy cloudy periods it didn't seem to really surpress the temperatures at all. Paying for it now though with sleeping very difficult; the bricks will take a while to radiate all that heat away.
  14. Got a nice covering of snow in Abingdon. Deeper than what we had a few nights ago, temperature is lower too at exactly 0.0C so hopefully it will stick around a bit longer. I should think if we get clear skies behind this snow band, the temperatures will drop very quickly now.
  15. Got some snow coming down in Abingdon, Oxfordshire at the moment. First time I've seen settling snow since March 2013. I love how the night-time light levels have instantly increased outside now there's a nice dusting on the ground. Makes it much easier to watch the falling snow . Currently have a steady temperature of 0.6/0.7 but no evidence of melting at all so far.