Weather & Tide

Weather outlook for December

December can be the coldest month of the year. Early in the month a cold spell will seldom persist for more than one or two weeks but cold weather arriving at the end of December can be the start of a long hard winter. Expect little sunshine, and frequent rain and gales. At times of high pressure fog and frost is to be expected. Occasionally south westerly winds bring showers and sunny spells. More often westerly winds bring heavy rain and hailstorms. Squally north east winds will bring freezing conditions that last all day. Sometimes gentle southerly winds will bring low cloud and heavy rain.

Lowest Recorded Temperature

August 3.2 ° C
September -0.9° C
October -5.0° C
November -3.5° C

Anticipated (Average) Rainfall

December 103mm

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 ).

3 Day Weather Forecast - A live weather feed from the BBC:

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
Headline Tuesday 27th November saw a peak of 1.07 metres in this river at 4.15 pm that day. 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.
Geminids December 13th -14th, 2018
Quandrantids December 28th - January 12th 2019 (maximum Jan 4th)
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.