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It was hot in June…and didn't rain much…

June 21 temp

June 21 wind

June 21 rain

May weather

Looks like we may have had a transient connectivity problem here…

May 21 temperature

Pressure and therefore temperature climbed later in the month, leading to some muggy nights and little rain or wind.

May 21 rain

May 21 wind

April weather

Some unseasonal weather about April 10th brought snow to Springhill which damaged a tree in a garden.

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Interesting, that wasn't the coldest day in the month…

April 2021 temp

But certainly associated with a flurry of precipitation…

April 2021 rain

April 2021 wind

Spring migrants

This week the BTO published a graph demonstrating the extreme, core and median arrival times for the common spring migrants.

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In comparison the first migrant we saw was the sand martin on March 31 followed by chiffchaff, blackcap and swallow on 3 April and house martin and garden warbler on 10 April. Our chiffchaff was therefore slightly late, the sand martin pretty much bang on and the swallow and house martin and garden warbler on the early side.

We do get winchat, whitethroat and swifts but may see the first two some time after they arrive as numbers are relatively small and the moorland is not. I don't think I've ever seen redstart or turtle doves round here so that would be good if they would put in an appearance.

Thought it was supposed to be spring...

Despite it being almost the middle of April we have been experiencing a pattern of high weather typical of winter with sub-zero temperatures at night and frost on the ground (and cars!) on Tues 5th.

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early April pressure

early April temp

Although not the coldest night of the month so far, we awoke to snow this morning.

April snow 600

Which brought the tree down…

tree 600

And drowned the dog…

snow mac 600