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December 2018 Stats

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December 2018

Temperature

Max Temp: 13.8°C (3rd Dec)

Min Temp: 0.7°C (14th Dec)

Mean Max: 10.7°C

Mean Min: 6.3°C

Air Frosts: 0

Rainfall

Total: 125.6mm

Wettest Day: 28.8mm (15th Dec)

Max Rain Rate: 27.6mm/hr (16th Dec)

Rain Days: 19

Dry Days: 12

Pressure

Highest: 1037.29 hPa (31st Dec)

Lowest: 996.21 hPa (2nd Dec)

Snow

Days with snow falling: 0

Days with snow lying: 0

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Blame those wretched South-Westerlies that "Have to Blow to Stop The Earth Slowing Down"! They can be very effective at Keeping Cold From Britain. 

This is what happens with the "Ferrel Westerlies": Winters as bad (or worse) than the one described in Enid Blyton's "Island of Adventure" (from the 1950's) where Jack, Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Anne (and Kiki, the parrot) lived in a cave for six months! Descriptions of November being "some days were wet and windy, other days the children went out to bask in the Sun". And December, "wet muddy roads", "the Sun breaking through a thin mist in the east" .....not a mention of frost or snow in the story! A December with No Air Frost and Not A Trace of Sleet Or Snow- how disgusting.

Of course, the 1930's to 1950's (the period from which Enid Blyton wrote about in her children's books) were a period of global warming before the cooling of the 1960's and 1970's when numerous scientists expressed alarm over a new "Little Ice Age". During the 1930's, in particular, there were some very mild winters - and some warm summers in the south of England. 

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