Silverdale 2018 Review
The hot dry summer of 2018 didn't quite match 1976 but it was memorable. The year smashed the "Max Cooling Required" record for the weather station with 115.2°C days cooling required compared with the previous maximum of 68°C days cooling required in 2013. May, June and July in particular were very hot and dry and there was a 3 week spell in June / July with no rain. The garden suffered. Lawns turned brown and so did a number of conifers. On June 27th the average temperature was 23.3°C.
The rest of the year was fairly average. The 'Beast From East' bought cold weather and snow to much of Britain in late February early March but Silverdale had no significant snow although it was cold. 'Storm Deirdre' battered Britain on December 15th and a wind gust of 45mph was recorded.
Silverdale / Cockermouth 2017 Review
Cockermouth had a very dry spring with April having only 25.8mm of rain and May having not much more. There was an early heat wave in late May and another in June but the summer holiday weather was disappointing.
The last quarter of 2017 was notable for the very high winds of 16 / 17 October and the heavy rain of 22 November. 75.8mm of rain was recorded in Silverdale on that day and extensive flooding resulted around Kendal and Lancaster.
Cockermouth 2016 Review
2016 was a relatively dry year for Cockermouth with May and June particularly dry. July was notable for the amount of rain, with only January wetter. October on the other hand was very dry for the time of year with only 31.8 mm of rain.
Cockermouth 2015 Review
Until mid October, 2015 had been a dry year for Cockermouth. Then it rained, almost every day, until the end of the year. With the ground waterlogged, on 5th December Storm Desmond bought heavy rain to the Lake District turning the rivers in wild torrents. First Keswick was flooded, then, late in afternoon, Cockermouth Main Street and the surrounding areas were flooded. West Cumbria was virtually cut off for 2 days with many roads closed including the A66 at Braithwaite.
2015 was also a very windy year with a wind run about 50% above average.
Temperature wise 2015 was mild; neither particularly hot in the summer nor cold in the winter. The summer was relatively dry but lacked sunshine. During the winter months there were a few minor snow events but these were shortlived.
Cockermouth 2014 Review
Weatherwise 2014 was undistinguished. The spring was wetter than normal. The summer and particularly September were relatively dry. The autumn was wet but a little less so than normal. Snow did not feature significantly.
Keswick 2013 Review
2013 started with a cold but dry first quarter, continued with a relatively warm and dry summer, and then finished with a very wet last quarter (as is so often the case hereabouts). In December there was 393 mm of rain, a record amount. The largest snowfall, of a few of inches, was on the 24th March but this soon melted. July had 12 days with temperatures exceeding 25°C.
Keswick 2012 Review
Unlike most of the country, 2012 was not particularly wet (for Keswick!) with 1963mm of rain. In fact the first 5 months of 2012 were relatively dry with only 368mm of rain. At the end of May Keswick had a 10 day heatwave with no rain and temperatures in the mid twenties. June however was very wet with 317mm of rain including 100mm of rain on June 22. The remainder of 2012 continued on the wet side with few sunny days. The windiest spell of weather was in early January with gusts of over 80mph recorded at Keswick School on Jan 4. Only minor quantities of snow fell during 2012.
The Silverdale weather station was commissioned on 9 October 2017. Data before 9 October 2017 is for Cockermouth. Data before 10 April 2014 is for Keswick.
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