SUMMARY OF THE WEATHER IN LONG EATON
THE WEATHER STATION is located in a garden of moderate size and the thermometers are housed in a Stevenson Screen.
Rain is recorded using a 5 inch Mark 1 Gauge supplied by the Meteorological Office.
The barometer used is an aneroid which is corrected for height above sea level.
Snow is measured by level snow accumulated on a piece of wood mounted horizontally and cleaned after each reading. Snow collected in the rain gauge is melted and recorded as for rain.
The weather station was first located at 136 Trowell Grove, Long Eaton from 1960-1997 after which it was moved to 6 Harlaxton Drive, Long Eaton which is still within the Long Eaton boundary.
Location – 136 Trowell Grove, Long Eaton
52o 54’ 22” N 1o 17’ 14” W
Grid reference 479 347 Height 36 metres
6 Harlaxton Drive, Long Eaton
52o 54’ 03” N 1o 15’ 18” W
Grid reference 501 340 Height 30 metres
The two locations are separated by approximately 1.5 miles (2.25km)
Weather records have been kept from 1960 to the present day covering 56 years. The region’s weather is generally average with very few extremes. The reason for this is the location in the Trent Valley which includes the rivers Derwent, Soar and Erewash. Flooding of these rivers occurs from time to time, the two greatest of which were in 1932 and 1947.
An investigation was made to try to determine any evidence of Global warming in the region. The average maximum temperature in the blocks of ten years revealed a slow rise of just over 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Whilst there is an upward trend it is not felt that climate change is necessarily the cause. The increase of housing locally and Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station coming into operation may have contributed to the results. Other indications of climate change can be found in nature such as the flowering times of plants.
In Long Eaton is recorded in Fahrenheit and few extremes have been recorded. The highest was in August 1990 (89.5 o F). The lowest temperatures recorded were in January 1963 (6 oF)and this was followed closely in 1982 when the temperature dropped to 7o F again in January.
In Long Eaton averages between 24 and 25 inches per year, the highest being 36 inches in 2012 and the lowest was 16 inches in 2011. If the two extremes are combined it will be seen that this comes close to the average. Attention is drwn to the Medical Officer of Health’s reports which showed the annual rainfall recorded at the Town Hall in Long Eaton between 1925 and 1972, the average of which was 24.5 inches.
A further report from Trent College, Long Eaton showed that the total rainfall for 1911 was 14.8 inches and there was an added comment that this 10 inches below average. Thanks are extended to Keith Reedman who kindly provided that information. A general trend has been maintained and two dry days to every day when some rain was recorded.
By taking the total amount of rain for each month over the period it is found that October shows the greatest amount of rain and February the least.
Has generally reduced especially in recent years. The exception was 1979 and a blizzsard on the 8th December 1990 caused power cuts for several days in the region. The only ‘White Christmas’ was 1970.
Has reduced considerably with a maximum of 24 in 1964 and a general downward trend afterwards. The Clean Air Acts of 1993 onwards and reduced emissions from Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station have contributed greatly to this.
Has not gone away although no specific measurements have been made. A Toxic Cloud was reported around Nottingham on the 7th May 1987. It contained sulphur dioxide and ozone but did not affect Long Eaton.
Have been felt in the area but the epicentres were not local. Six have been reported between 1984 to 2008.
The dominant wind is from the West and the least wind from the south-east. Strong winds have occurred mostly in January and December. The Beaufort Scale has used to assess wind strength. Strong wind has caused some local damage at times.
ALAN HEATH 31 JANUARY 2017