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February 2012

1st (Wed) 0.4 C to 4.9 C / nil / 1.2 hours / E 2.3 19 Kt.
An initially cloudy start, but by mid-morning this cloud would break up with some good spells of wintry sunshine developing. Feeling cold though, with a dry easterly breeze. More cloudy again by the afternoon, though nevertheless brighter than recent days. Remaining largely cloudy in the evening and overnight, again thick enough to prevent an air frost, though nevertheless there was a slight grass frost.

Despite the current cold weather, spring continues to manifest itself around the local area, with the Winter Aconites, Snowdrops, and Crocus’ adding splashes of colour to the garden. The birds too continue to warm up for the coming spring, and while I was out this morning I enjoyed listening to the songs of Robin, Song Thrush, and the first Chaffinches I have heard singing this year. I also noted the Dunnocks wing-flapping, while a beautiful male Bullfinch was calling constantly as it passed through the garden, often perching conspicuously atop either the Hawthorn or Whitebeam.


2nd (Thu) 0.5 C to 2.1 C / trace / 0.1 hours / SW 0.9 12 Kt.
A cloudy morning, with only a few brighter periods, and still feeling cold (especially in the current cP flow with its associated dry air with DPt’s currently around -4 C). Little change in the afternoon, though a few very light snow flurries would fall from the generally overcast sky. However the cloud would clear in the evening and ovenright, with temperatures falling rapidly as a result (-4.7 C), though a few snow showers would also drift in from the east at times, giving a dusting of snow by dawn.

3rd (Fri) -4.7 C to 1.9 C / nil / 7.0 hours / W 1.3 14 Kt.
A very cold but sunny start (around -5C), with a dusting of snow covering the area after a shower last night. It would remain clear and sunny throughout the day, with temperatures rising to just 1.9 C (cold enough for the snow dusting to survive all day in shady areas). Temperatures plunging again overnight under clear skies, with a low of -6.5 C.

4th (Sat) -6.5 C to 0.1 C / 8.2 mm / 1.5 hours / S 3.0 19 Kt.
A very cold and sunny start again, the ground like rock after a low of nearly -7 C last night (with the snow dusting from yesterday morning still covering shady areas). However as the day wore on the sun would become increasingly weak with overcast skies by early afternoon. This cloud would continue to thicken with snow arriving around 4pm. This snow would be largely light at first, but with the ground still cold (today’s max was only 0.1 C), it readily settled and would slowly build up through the evening. The snow becoming heavier as the evening continued and blowing about in the moderate southerly breeze (this leading to some minor drifting here and there). By the time the snow cleared after midnight about 4 inches had fallen, covering the local area with a beautiful white blanket.

5th (Sun) -3.5 C to 2.1 C / nil / 5.2 hours / SW 0.1 6 Kt.
A cold morning with patches of freezing fog and nearly 4 inches of lying snow (9cm to be exact). The fog would soon clear however, and the rest of the day would see plenty of pleasant crisp winter sunshine with the lying snow barely thawing at all. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight (with some patches of freezing mist at times), and temperatures falling away to -4.4 C.

After a mild December and January, it looks like winter has finally arrived this month, with about eight hours of steady moderate snow yesterday evening. By the time it finished about four inches of even snow was covering the area (near Beverley), though as the snow was very fine and it was accompanied by a moderate southerly breeze there was a lot of drifting, with some areas almost free of snow out in the fields while other areas such as in the lee of hedgerows it had built up to at least a foot. It looks like the rest of the week will remain cold, and their will only be a slow thaw of the lying snow. However a fair amount of cloud, mist, and fog will hopefully prevent temperatures from falling to low during the upcoming nights, though conversely this does mean that temperatures will also struggle to climb during the days.



Bratt Wood
On a snowy morning we headed out into the Wolds, though as we crossed the Wolds from east to west we came across thick freezing fog. This freezing fog had deposited a beautiful coating of rime on the branches of the trees and hedgerows, and it was a shame the sun wasn't out because it would have been absolutely stunning. Road conditions were not that bad this morning, indeed the main roads were perfectly fine, though the rural roads were a little more tricky, especially in areas where the snow had drifted. Nevertheless for a 4x4 conditions were easily manageable.


Our walk of choice this morning was at Bratt Wood, just to the north of Nunburnholme, and when we arrived the area was still enveloped by freezing fog with temperatures around -4 C. Making our way up the steep hill we came out onto the lovely area of open pasture, where the snow revealed the activities of Pheasants, Rabbits, Hares, Stoats, and at least one Fox. A Buzzard was also heard nearby, though the fog hid its presence, while the woods were busy with flocks of roving tits.


After turning right at the gate we continued on to the shelter belt woodland which crosses the hillside, and as we climbed higher we rose out of the fog and out into the beautiful winter sunshine, with the skies that special sort of blue you only seem to see during cold weather. This narrow woodland is a reliable place to find Marsh Tits, and sure enough a couple were seen amongst the roving bands of tits and finches, while lots of Chaffinches and a few Bullfinches were seen amongst these flocks. Indeed the birds were generally very busy this morning, undoubtedly desperately looking for what little food there is at the moment, and Redwings were particularly notable this morning, their red flanks positively glowing against the snowy backdrop of the winter wood.


Up here the trees were covered in rime, and unlike earlier the sun was out here and this made this somewhat unappreciated weather phenomena sparkle and glisten, transforming the woodland into a beautiful winter wonderland. After a run of such mild winters in the late 90's and 2000's, when such scenes seemed confined to history (in lowland England anyway), the last three or four winters have brought a welcome return of frost, ice, and snow, though admittedly this weather does also bring its fair share of problems, particularly in rural upland areas. However winter is as vital to the British countryside as any other season, and though it lacks the colours and comforts of the more loved seasons, it nevertheless has its own beauties, and plays a crucial role in forming the landscape and nature of the countryside that I, and I expect you too, love and cherish.


Heading down Kilnwick Percy Hill we had a wonderful view of the still foggy Vale of York stretching out before us, with even nearby Pocklington hidden by the thick freezing fog. Above the fog a lone Red Kite was seen soaring above Wold Farm, while the Yews beside the house hosted a single Goldcrest, one of my favourite birds. Eventually after trudging through the snow we made it back to the car, and we headed for home, passing through Warter on the way which looked idyllic beneath its white blanket. A couple of 'blue' Pheasants were also seen outside the village, these handsome birds standing out amongst their more common looking peers. Indeed the snow and shortage of food made the local Pheasants even more conspicuous than usual today, though one also wonders if they perhaps know that the open shooting season is now concluded for yet another year.


6th (Mon) -4.4 C to 2.5 C / nil / 4.4 hours / NW 1.3 9 Kt.
A very cold start again, with some patches of freezing mist and still an even covering of about 8-9cm of snow across the area. Any mist clearing after 10am with the rest of the day seeing plenty of winter sunshine again, though some patches of broken cloud would drift down from the north from time to time. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight, with temperatures falling to -3.5 C.

7th (Tue) -3.5 C to 1.9 C / nil / 1.3 hours / SE 1.0 11 Kt.
A mostly clear and cold start, with 8cm of snow still lying across the area, but by mid-morning some freezing mist rolled in, adding a real chill to the air. This mist would clear by the end of the morning, with the rest of the day seeing variable amounts of cloud with some sunny periods in between. Clear spells in the evening and at first overnight, this allowing temperatures to fall to -6.2 C, but cloud would increase later.

8th (Wed) -6.2 C to 2.1 C / nil / nil / SE 1.3 12 Kt.
A grey and cold morning (still 7cm of lying snow at 9am), and remaining grey and un-appealing throughout the day with barely any signs of brightness. Little change overnight, though the thicker cloud did prevent temperatures from falling as low as recent nights.

9th (Thu) -1.9 C to 1.0 C / 4.0 mm / nil / S 0.8 11 Kt.
A dull and overcast morning (with still 7cm of lying snow at 9am), and remaining grey and overcast pretty much throughout. The cloud thickening from mid-afternoon onwards with snow from about 3.30pm onwards. The snow was light at first, but would become heavier by dusk and would continue on and off for the rest of the evening, adding an extra 4-5cm. The snow was of a much wetter variety than that which came on Saturday and therefore readily stuck to the trees, turning the whole area into a ‘winter wonderland’. The snow clearing before midnight, though the skies would remain overcast through the rest of the night.

10th (Fri) -2.1 C to 1.2 C / nil / 3.9 hours / SE 1.1 15 Kt.
An overcast start, with the snow yesterday evening adding an extra 4-5cm to that already lying (depth at 0900 has now increased to 11-12cm). Becoming slowly brighter as the morning progressed and by the afternoon it had become mostly clear with lovely crisp winter sunshine. Remaining clear in the evening and overnight and with light winds the temperature would plummet, reaching a low of -10 C (the coldest night of the winter so far).

Awoke to another decent covering of snow this morning (11-12cm), with everything absolutely plastered in the white stuff. Indeed as the morning slowly brightened the local countryside would look gorgeous under its white blanket, with the trees and woods a particular delight to the eye.

The moon rose behind the Minster this evening, and due to the pollution brought by the current high pressure and easterly winds, the moon was a dark orange and was a very similar colour to the Minsters floodlights, an impressive and interesting sight.


11th (Sat) -10.0 C to 3.5 C / nil / 3.7 hours / S 2.2 12 Kt.
A very cold start (-10C), with 10cm of lying snow still covering the area (this glistening in the sun after the sharp overnight frost). Despite the cold it was a clear and sunny morning however, but as the day wore on cloud would increase with grey skies by mid-morning. Temperatures remaining below freezing throughout daylight hours, and falling a little in the evening, but overnight the cloud would thicken and milder air would push in from the west, raising temperatures above freezing by midnight. This would begin a slow thaw of the lying snow, but nevertheless by the end of the night still 7cm of snow covered the area.

12th (Sun) -6.6 C* to 4.7 C / nil / nil / W 3.1 15 Kt.
A grey and overcast morning, and much milder than recently with temperatures above freezing (this encouraging the start of a thaw of the lying snow). Remaining dull throughout the remainder of the day with little in the way of brightness, though after dusk the cloud would begin to break up with some clear spells developing in the evening and overnight. However the temperature would remain above freezing, with the snow continuing to thaw (snow cover reduced to 60% by the end of the night).

Thixendale
With the thaw now rapidly setting in around the Beverley area, we decided to head up to the high Wolds where winter's grip will hold on longest within the East Riding of Yorkshire. Indeed as we climbed higher the snow-fields became deeper and more intact, though even up at 200 metres the snow is now thawing (albeit at a slower pace than down on the lowlands) as milder air pushes in from the west. It remains unclear whether this past week was a just a blip in what has otherwise been a mild winter, or whether more cold and snow will return after the current thaw, but whatever the weather their is plenty to enjoy and observe in our beautiful and ever changing countryside at the moment.


The snow up here remains quite deep in places, especially where it has drifted (in places it was more than a foot deep on Cow Wold), while the ground beneath is very firm from the recent frosts. This must be making it quite hard for much of our wildlife, especially as this cold spell has come late in the winter when food supplies are already reaching thier lowest ebb, but hopefully the thaw this week will at least alleviate the situation for some species. However the sterling efforts of the local game-keepers and their assistants in supplying thick cover and supplementary feeding for the benefit of the Pheasants & Partridges no doubt helps much of the local wildlife too, especially birds.


Indeed to emphasize the point concerning the benefits to wild-birds brought by fieldsports & land management for the benefit thereof, the area between Court Dale & Wharram Percy was absolutely teeming with typical farmland passerines this morning, including a good mixture of finches (mostly Chaffinches but also Greenfinches, Goldfinches & Linnets), Tree Sparrows, Dunnocks, at least one Brambling, and perhaps the greatest concentration of Yellowhammers I have ever seen at one single location. Indeed the mixed scrub of hawthorn, beech, guelder rose, holly, larch and pine seemed to be alive with Yellowhammers, some of them very fine looking males whom are now starting to look their best as spring gets ever closer.


Other birds represented in good numbers this morning were winter thrushes, particularly Fieldfares, while about half a dozen Stock doves were seen on Cow Wold, a Buzzard was seen in lower Court Dale and a lone Little Owl was briefly spotted in upper Court Dale, the first Little Owl I've seen for a few months. In the fields and amongst the cover crops the gamebirds remain fairly abundant, with yet another shooting season now concluded. The past shooting season was one of the most difficult in years, with the mild weather and plenty of wild food making it difficult to keep the birds within the drives, and the often strong and persistent south-westerlies also caused a few difficulties too (this being more of a problem for many of the Grouse moors up on the Pennines). However the Wolds remain rightly one of the best areas to enjoy fieldsports in the country, and long may it remain so.


13th (Mon) 1.4 C to 7.4 C / 1.2 mm / 1.4 hours / NW 7.0 30 Kt.
A mostly clear start to the day but by 8am it had become mostly cloudy and would remain so for much of the morning. Becoming somewhat brighter by midday with some sunny spells, but also becoming breezier in the afternoon with some occasional blustery showers too. Showers continuing into the evening and overnight, but there were some decent clear spells too. However it was a mild night by recent standards with not even a ground frost.

14th (Tue) 2.7 C to 7.9 C / trace / nil / W 8.3 24 Kt.
A grey and unappealing morning with some outbreaks of light rain at times and a blustery NW breeze. Remaining dull and cloudy throughout the afternoon too, though around dusk some breaks would develop, as would a few blustery showers. Little change overnight with largely cloudy skies and occasional light showers, but there were some occasional breaks in the cloud too.

15th (Wed) 4.2 C to 10.3 C / trace / 1.5 hours / W 6.0 28 Kt.
A bright and breezy morning with a mixture of sunny spells and light showers, though as the morning wore on the showers would die out. More general cloud increasing by midday with mostly cloudy skies throughout the afternoon, and indeed during the evening. However overnight the cloud would break up at times, especially towards the end of the night, with some clear spells developing.

16th (Thu) 4.1 C to 10.1 C / trace / 1.0 hours / W 6.2 23 Kt.
A bright and breezy morning with variable amounts of mid and high level clouds which as the morning progressed would increase and thicken. Remaining cloudy through the afternoon, with a short period of rain around 3pm, but this didn’t come to much and soon cleared. Nevertheless it would remain cloudy, and would remain so into the evening, but by 8pm the cloud would begin to break with variable amounts of cloud for the remainder of the night.

17th (Fri) 3.9 C to 10.2 C / nil / 2.3 hours / SW 4.5 28 Kt.
A bright and mild morning, but extensive cirrostratus would make the sunshine quite hazy & diffuse. Remaining bright in the afternoon, but cloud amounts would generally increase as the afternoon progressed. Remaining cloudy in the evening and overnight, with the breeze also freshening from the SW. A mild night too with a low of just 6.6 C.

Their was a decent dawn chorus to start the day today, with a very loud Song Thrush the outstanding performer of this natural orchestra. Blackbirds & Robins were also heard well, while later in the day Chaffinches, Greenfinches, & Dunnocks were noted. The warm sunshine also brought out quite a few insects, including a few Honey Bees, as well as lots of Ladybirds.

18th (Sat) 6.6 C to 10.0 C / 0.6 mm / 2.9 hours / W 9.7 34 Kt.
A bright and mild start, but cloud would soon increase with a short period of rain by the end of the morning, this being followed by a few blustery showers around midday. However by 2pm the skies would clear to leave a sunny but windy end to the day, and it would also feel distinctly cooler after the rain & cloud cleared. Remaining mostly clear in the evening and overnight, and though the breeze remained moderate at least, the temperature would manage to fall below freezing by the end of the night.

19th (Sun) -0.6 C to 4.5 C / nil / 7.8 hours / W 3.6 24 Kt.
A lovely late winter’s/early spring day with largely clear skies throughout, though it would feel quite chilly, especially in the brisk westerly breeze. Remaining mostly clear in the evening, this allowing temperatures to fall below freezing, but cloud would increase overnight with temperatures rising with this cloud.

Givendale & Bishop Wilton
On what was a stunning late winters day, we headed up towards Givendale, one of my favourite areas of the whole Yorkshire Wolds region. The wind was cold, and the temperature barely more than 4C, but neverthless under largely clear blue skies the pale spring sunshine bathed the countryside with surprisingly warm sunshine, a reminder of the fact that the spring equinox is now little more than a month away. Upon arrival at Givendale further signs of the changing season were present in great profusion around the delightful little church of St. Ethelburga's, with the woodland surrounding the church hosting a fine spectacle of early spring flowers. The Snowdrop's & Winter Aconite's which appear here every spring are an annual event which attracts a number of visitors from around the local area, myself and my family included, and indeed on a day such as today surely there are very few places that one would rather be when surrounded by such resplendent natural beauty.


After enjoying the spring time spectacle in the village it was time to head out along our walk, heading towards the village of Bishop Wilton to the north. The view along this walk, with the Vale of York stretching away to the west & north, and the Pennines far to the west beyond the Vale, is one of the best views in Yorkshire, but today the visibility was especially good with the Pennines looking much closer than normal. Indeed the American base of Menwith Hill with its white 'golf-balls' stood out like a sore thumb (as did the nearby wind-turbines), while York Minster, the university & the racecourse were clearly visible to the west, while to the north-west the White Horse above Kilburn, parts of the Castle Howard estate, and the ruins of Sheriff Hutton castle were clearly picked out with just the naked eye.


Passing above the village of Bishop Wilton, with its attractive steepled church, we continued along the edge of Bishop Wilton Wold, passing through the now dormant wildflower meadow which in summer is a riot of colour, and climbing up to the top of Garrowby Hill. This hill is actually the highest point in the Yorkshire Wolds at an altitude of 250 metres (800 feet), and is a notorious point for problems in wintry weather, but today no such hazards were present and indeed one would hardly known that just last week this whole area was blanketed in a layer of snow, a testament to the vagaries of the British weather. From Garrowby it was a relatively short walk along the road back to Givendale, concluding yet another pleasant, gentle stroll around this under-appreciated corner of our fair realm.


20th (Mon) -2.2 C to 8.7 C / 0.2 mm / 0.6 hours / SW 4.3 25 Kt.
A bright and chilly start to the day, but cloud would soon increase after 10am with overcast skies by midday. This cloud would continue to thicken in the afternoon, with a short period of rain for a time, but this didn’t come to much and soon cleared away. However it would remain cloudy for the rest of the evening, and indeed most of the night, but later some breaks did manage to develop.

21st (Tue) 3.1 C to 12.9 C / nil / 2.5 hours / SW 5.3 22 Kt.
A bright and mild morning with some pleasant sunny spells after early cloud had cleared away. Indeed out of the breeze it felt very pleasant indeed, with temperatures climbing into the mid-teens, though in the afternoon cloud amounts would increase again, so much so that by the end of the afternoon it had become cloudy once more. Remaining cloudy in the evening and overnight, and combined with a brisk breeze this meant it was a very mild night for the time of year with a low of just 7.7 C.

22nd (Wed) 7.7 C to 12.1 C / 0.8 mm / nil / W 6.7 30 Kt.
A grey and breezy morning, with some light outbreaks of rain from about 9 am, these becoming somewhat heavier after midday and accompanied by some fairly blustery winds (gusting up to 30 knots). Rain clearing by the end of the afternoon however, though it would remain cloudy for the rest of the evening and overnight, this leading to another exceptionally mild night for the time of year (8.3 C).

23rd (Thu) 8.3 C to 16.1 C / trace / 1.3 hours / W 5.3 24 Kt.
A dull and grey morning for the most part, though by midday it would begin to brighten up with some pleasant spells of early spring sunshine in the first half of the afternoon. This sun would really help to push temperatures up, reaching a very unseasonable high of 16.1 C, making this both the warmest February and winter day on my records (previous record being 15.9 C recorded in February 2004). Cloud increasing again after 2pm however, and it would remain cloudy for the rest of the day, and indeed the evening and overnight. As a result the temperature would only fall to 11.3 C overnight.

Spring it would seem has now arrived to East Yorkshire, with the not only the birds and early spring flowers seemingly confirming this fact, but also the weather as temperatures this afternoon reached a high of 16C (61F), which incidentally makes this the warmest February day on my records which date back to 2003. Of course this weather is only temporary and I expect further cold spells will undoubtedly come in the coming weeks, but nevertheless the days are now becoming rapidly longer as the sun likewise continues to strengthen as we approach the spring equinox. It remains to be seen what kind of spring lies ahead, though the forecasts I have seen seem to indicate another dry spring, especially so in March & April. However as water levels have not really recovered since last years spring drought hopefully we will see some decent rain at some point despite the forecasts to the contrary.


However worries about water levels can be temporarily forgotten, and instead one can simply enjoy the current changing season as the countryside reawakens from the slumber of the cold and dark days of winter. New growth is now everywhere to be seen in the countryside, with fattening buds on many woodland, hedgerow and garden shrubs, while on the woodland floor Dogs Mercury is now appearing widely, along with the other early risers of the woodland realm. Birds too continue to respond to the lengthening days, and this afternoon I enjoyed listening to song from the likes of Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Song Thrush's, & Greenfinches, the latter also seen 'song flighting' a number of times from the tree tops. Insects likewise are appearing in greater numbers and variety, with Honey Bees seen searching for pollen amongst the spring flowers, while there are also good numbers of Hoverflies, and particularly abundant Ladybirds around at the moment. However I haven't managed to spot any butterflies yet, though if the weather remains like this I'm sure one will be seen fluttering by sooner rather than later.


24th (Fri) 11.3 C to 12.5 C / nil / 5.7 hours / W 4.8 29 Kt.
A cloudy and very mild start with light outbreaks of rain & drizzle prior to 8am, but this would soon clear with the cloud clearing by the end of the morning to leave a bright afternoon with some good spells of sunshine. Remaining mostly clear in the evening and overnight, with temperatures falling as a result to a low of 1.9 C.

The crescent moon, Venus & Jupiter dominated the south-western sky this evening, with all three celestial objects arranged in an almost straight line, with Jupiter the upper-most and the moon the lower. Venus is incredibly bright at the moment and shines like a beacon in the twilight and early evening sky. I also had another go at astro-photography with my bridge camera tonight, and though this camera is not ideal for this kind of photography, I nevertheless got some decent pictures of a number of constellations, including Orion, Taurus, & the Pleiades.


25th (Sat) 1.9 C to 8.9 C / nil / 6.2 hours / W 6.7 31 Kt.
A clear and cold start to the day with a touch of grass frost, but it would soon warm up under the sun with a fine early spring day following with plenty of sunshine. Remaining clear at first in the evening and overnight, but cloud would increase later with mostly cloudy skies by dawn.

The Yew trees have begun ‘smoking’ in the last few days.

26th (Sun) 4.5 C to 10.5 C / trace / 1.1 hours / SW 2.3 15 Kt.
A cloudy morning with a layer of stratocumulus, though the odd hole in the cloud did allow the some brief brighter spells. Indeed by the end of the morning some more decent breaks would develop allowing some nice spells of sunshine, and this in turn would help push temperatures up above 10C. However in the afternoon cloud would increase again, with it remaining cloudy throughout the remainder of the afternoon, evening and overnight.

Tundale Plantation
I am currently suffering from a nasty cold which sees me suffering from blocked sinuses, lethargy and alternating hot and cold spells, but nevertheless I was determined to get out and about this morning as nothing does the body better than a good walk up on the rolling Wolds. Where to go was the question however, as I wanted a walk which was both fairly gentle (and mostly downhill), and would also provide plenty of interest. In the end I decided to head for the Tundale & Huggate Dykes area, hoping to see the Snowdrops which appear annually in the wood at this time of year, while I was also hopeful of spotting a few raptors, this being one of the best areas in the Wolds to see good numbers of Red Kites, Buzzards, and if your lucky a Rough-legged Buzzard.


Upon arrival at the top of the wood we were serenaded by the singing of Skylarks, a sound which is now being heard throughout the county (indeed every morning this past week Beverley Westwood has been alive with them), while quite a number of Hares were in the open cereal fields, though I didn't spot any leverets amongst them. A few Yellowhammers were also heard singing along the hedgerows this morning, a real sound of early spring, while the scrubland hosted Chaffinches, Blackbirds, & Song Thrushes. Indeed what with the songbirds and warm sunshine today one half expected to hear a Chiffchaff, and though none were heard today surely they will be here sooner rather than later if this warm weather continues, especially in wooded lowland regions around Beverley, North Cliffe Wood or Brantingham (to name but a few locations).


However the main purpose of the walk today was to enjoy the annual spectacle of the Snowdrops which carpet a small area of the woodland at the top of the dale. They were in fact just beyond their best, and are already starting to get a bit tatty, but nevertheless the scene was an attractive one with the white blooms forming large clumps in this mostly Ash & Beech plantation which is managed both for the purposes of timber and as a gamebird covert. From here we continued on, spotting at least a couple of Buzzards soaring above the dales, and also coming across a lovely little flock of Linnets as we headed back and completed another Sunday mornings stroll. Hopefully next week I will have more energy to complete a more substantial walk.

27th (Mon) 5.9 C to 11.4 C / 1.8 mm / 0.5 hours / W 5.3 24 Kt.
A cloudy start but by mid morning it would become brighter, with some spells of sunshine for a time. However this wouldn’t last long, and cloud would increase again by the end of the morning, this cloud continuing to thicken in the afternoon with a period of moderate rain between 2pm & 4pm (peak rate of 2.6 mm/h). Rain clearing by dusk, but it would nevertheless remain overcast for most of the evening and overnight.

28th (Tue) 8.6 C to 13.1 C / nil / 5.5 hours / W 2.9 23 Kt.
An initially cloudy start, but by 9am the cloud would begin to break up with sunny spells developing. Feeling very mild, with temperatures climbing up into the mid-teens by early afternoon, by which time skies had become largely clear with gorgeous early spring sunshine bathing the countryside for most of the afternoon. However by dusk cloud would increase again, and it would remain generally cloudy for the rest of the evening and overnight.

29th (Wed) 7.0 C to 10.7 C / nil / 0.4 hours / W 0.9 15 Kt.
A cloudy but mild day for the most part, though towards the end of the afternoon the cloud would begin to break up with some late brightness to end the day. Becoming clear through the evening and remaining largely clear overnight, though fog would develop later.