Posted by: lucylastic | February 12, 2008

Rain, rain, go away…………

I am in awe of those who are both disciplined and prolific enough to write their blogs daily.  Admittedly, they are often short and sweet, but personal discipline has never been one of my strong suits and I doubt I’ll change now!  Everyone I know seems to have been positively boosted by the few days of bright blue and sunny weather we have had recently – and it’s lovely to leave work and still have a bit of daylight in the sky.  But if you had to guess how many sunny days we had in 2007, what would your answer be?  Not too many – and for some reason, the bad weather sticks in our minds much more than the good – presumably because some of the bad weather was so dramatic.  A quick look at the Met Office website revealed a few interesting facts – the best month for sunshine ever was July 1911, when they recorded a massive 384 hours in Eastbourne and Hastings.  Now, given that there were only 744 hours in July anyway and 248 hours it would have been dark – that’s a huge 77% of daylight time being sunny!  On the other hand, London in December 1890 was to be avoided – with ZERO hours of sunshine.  I imagine that as this was in the days of the famous ‘pea-souper’s’, fog had enveloped the capital and no sunlight could penetrate.  Those of you who listen to the weather forecast with any degree of interest currently, will know that London, it’s roads, airports and arterial routes have all been fogbound lately – strange to imagine when the sun and sky have been so bright locally.  

But, back to my original question – how many sunny days in 2007 – well, I don’t have an exact answer, but I can tell you that it was only in May, June and July that the average amount of sunshine fell below ‘normal’ across the UK – so for the other 9 months of the year, we in fact experienced above normal amounts of sunshine – and in March, April and December – these levels were significantly above average – by some 40 to 50% in most cases.  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to remember any of them……………..if you are intrigued, the Met Office are at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/index.html

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