Weather & Tide

Weather outlook for February

February can be the coldest month in a hard winter, but if the beginning of the month brings cloud and rain then winter may be virtually over. Cold east or north east winds bring heavy snow to high ground with grey skies and afternoon temperatures that may not rise above freezing on high ground. Northerly winds bring Arctic weather with snow squalls and very low temperatures in the north, and exceptionally low temperatures everywhere on still nights. West to southwest winds bring mild weather with heavy rain and periods of showery, brighter, sunnier weather. Calm nights still bring frost but the first signs of spring can appear in sheltered coastal areas. Southerly winds can bring short spells of warmth but these are short lived 'false springs'.

Lowest Recorded Temperature

November -3.5° C
December -3.0° C
January -8.3° C

Anticipated (Average) Rainfall

February 81 mm

Winter

Meteorological winter is the 3 months of December, January and February. It is easier for forecasting purposes to consider the seasons as 4 three-month periods of the year.
Astronomical winter begins with the winter solstice and ends on the vernal equinox. This year those events fall on the 21st December and the 20th March. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, when the north pole is tilted furthest away from the sun and the rotation of the earth produces the greatest difference in the length of the day and night. The vernal equinox occurs when the equator is the nearest to the sun and everywhere on earth has 12 hours of daylight as the earth rotates ( equal lengths of day and night ).

BBC detailed weather forecast

Please click HERE to go to the BBC forecast webpage for Stockland for the days ahead

River Levels

There is one river level monitoring station within the catchments of Stockland Parish and that is located on the river Yarty at Court Place Farm. For the current river level at that station see https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/3231?direction=u
Take a look at the monitoring station link above and you will see that minor flooding is expected when the level exceeds 0.8 of a metre.

Sky Watching - Meteor Showers in 2018/19

The best time to see anything in the night sky is when the sky is darkest and when the target is at its highest position in the sky. For meteor showers, this usually occurs between midnight and 5.30 am.
Lyrids 16th/25th April 2019 (maximum 22nd/23rd)
Perseids July 17 - August 20th (maximum 12th/13th August 2019)
Leonids 15th/20th November 2019 (maximum 17th/18th)

Links

For a free JETSTREAM FORECAST see
http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=jetstream;sess=
For FLOOD WARNINGS during periods of wet weather
https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels
For a RAINFALL RADAR MAP of England updated every 15 minutes try www.raintoday.co.uk/ and enter your postcode (left hand side of page) to zoom in on your area
For a 7 DAY TIDE CHART for Lyme Regis try http://www.ukho.gov.uk/easytide/EasyTide/ShowPrediction.aspx?PortID=0028...
For the latest prediction of a visible AURORA BOREALIS see the Met Office OVATION model at https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/space-weather/ The Met Office site does contain advertising.