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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Tynedale: In like a lamb; out like a lion

IN a reversal of the norm, March came in like a lamb, but went out like a lion at the Plunderheath weather station at Haydon Bridge.

The first 12 days were relatively mild with some long, sunny periods, but when night skies cleared, temperatures fell, resulting in air frosts on the 11th and 12th.

The same cloud conditions, however, brought the month’s warmest two days, reaching 15.6C on the 12th.

Fog and low cloud from the 13th heralded a change to colder and rather murky weather for a few days, before milder conditions returned on the 17th; the temperature reaching 13C on the 19th.

However, late on the 19th a deep depression resulted in gale force winds and a change to polar air.

Blustery showers fell as hail on the 21st, followed by a significant fall of snow overnight, which lay in patches early on the 22nd.

Snow and hail fell again on the 23rd, but as the clouds cleared away the overnight temperature fell sharply, falling to -4.2C, the lowest of the year so far, by the morning of the 24th.

As the wind moved round to the east, conditions became cold and raw.

The 28th was a particularly unpleasant day with continuous moderate rain and sleet all day.

The relatively stable air resulted in a low cloud base with extremely poor visibility, dense fog persisting above 100m above sea level for the last three days of the month.

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