Storm Katie

As predicted, Storm Katie produced high winds here, with a peak gust at 06:02BST of 62.6kts or around 70mph. Highest sustained winds were Beaufort 7 (Near Gale)  at 28.2kts or 32.5mph.                           Storm Katie was a classic Atlantic storm, with “bomb” or “explosive […]

Long Lasting Meteor

At 20:05 on 14 February 2016 my video meteor observatory saw and captured this meteor for a total of just over 5 seconds. This is an usually long time for a a meteor, especially as it looks as if the meteor leaves the frame while it is still visible. The software analyses it as an Epsilon […]

Snow!

I saw some light snow, almost frozen drizzle, falling last night, but we woke to about 2cm on the ground, on branches and hedges. This was enough to make the world white, but the centre of the road was clear and where people walked, their footprints went right through to the pavement underneath. As so often, […]

Weather 2016

In a nutshell, 2015 temperatures were 1.1C above the long term average with December 6.4C above. The Met Office say that it was the warmest and wettest December on record. September was significantly cool. Rainfall was 5.6mm above the long term average. January and August were wet, while March, April and October were dry.

November Weather 2015

This November has been remarkably mild in Horley, apart from a brief, but significant cold snap. Through almost all of the month, the jet stream flowed west-east driving a sequence of depressions off the Atlantic, bringing mild temperatures with regular rain and some windy times as fronts came through. there were a couple of genuinely […]

Ex-Hurricane Kate

Early this week attention focused on the first storm named by the Met Office and Met Eirann. “Abigail” was a typical winter Atlantic storm, one of many which would be expected to impact on the British Isles each year. The reason for naming storms is explained: Abigail brought strong winds and some disruption to Scotland […]

Chi Cygnids

A new meteor shower has been (provisionally) recognised and my meteor camera is playing a small part. Firstly, meteor observers around the world received a request that we should carefully check our data following a report of an “outburst”. This is not as spectacular as it sounds, simply that observers had noticed a number of meteors […]

Unusually slow meteor

The meteor camera I operate caught an unusually slow and long-lasting meteor at 00:18 on 1 August 2015. You can see what the camera saw in the video. Although the camera is noisy and grainy (it is  cheap, basic, but sensitive CCTV camera) it gives a great sense of the meteor sweeping right across the […]

Solstice

The Sun has reached its highest point in the sky, marking the beginning of astronomical summer and the longest day of the year. Solstice means “standing still” – a day when the path of the Sun across the sky does not appear to be moving up or down. From now until 21 December, the Sun’s […]

White Nights

We are coming into the season of “white nights” around the summer solstice, when there is no true darkness because the sun is close below the horizon still illuminating the atmosphere even though the sun itself is not visible. In effect, the sun has started rising as soon as it has finished setting. Of course, […]