This last week has seen some excellent extreme weather. The mild winter has continued as we predicted back in November as a result of an El Nino system in the Pacific. I will post more on this soon but El Nino years cause a lot of climatic disruption around the globe and floods in this country. The last El Nino year was 1998 when there were severe floods in Peterborough and Oxford and rivers bursting their banks all around the country - as studied by year 7 in their recent flooding topic!!
What about this week though? The strongest wind gusts achieved a speed of 45.2kts which is Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale and classed as a severe gale. It is only 3kts from being Force 10 which is remarkable so far inland - just imagine what it would have been like at sea!
The highest temperature we have had so far this month was 13.3 C and lowest 5.9 C - remarkably mild for the start of January.
Unfortunately our rainfall figures have been a little unreliable due to the pounding the weather station has taken from the wind but figures from other Newport stations on www.isleofwightweather.co.uk shows 30.2mm of rain this month.
If you go to this excellent website you can access all of the Nodehill archive weather data and also data from other weather stations from around the Island.