Archive for January 1, 2016

Just how mild has this December been?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2016 by telescoper

In case you hadn’t noticed…

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A great deal of rain has fallen on some parts of the UK this month (December 2015) A great deal of rain has fallen on some parts of the UK this month (December 2015) (Source : BBC)

It’s been exceptionally warm this month.

We will have to wait a day or two for the various agencies to compile their annual reports, but let me précis the results for you:

  • 2015 has been ‘warm’.

And this  warmth has been evident where I live and work, in Teddington.

Analysing the data from my weather station a day early, I have compared my local results with the ‘climate normals’ for nearby Kingston upon Thames.

‘Climate Normals’ are the average values of various meteorological quantities over (typically) 30 year periods, in this case from 1981 to 2010.

Graph showing the 'Climate Normals' for the daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Kingston upon Thames. Also shown are data from my weather station for September, October, November and December. Graph showing the ‘Climate Normals’ for the daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Kingston upon Thames. Also shown are the averaged data from my weather station for September, October, November and December. Click the graph for a larger…

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Song At Year’s Turning

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2016 by telescoper

Shelley dreamed it. Now the dream decays.
The props crumble; the familiar ways
Are stale with tears trodden underfoot.
The heart’s flower withers at the root.
Bury it then, in history’s sterile dust.
The slow years shall tame your tawny lust.

Love deceived him; what is there to say
The mind brought you by a better way
To this despair? Lost in the world’s wood
You cannot stanch the bright menstrual blood.
The earth sickens; under naked boughs
The frost comes to barb your broken vows.

Is there blessing? Light’s peculiar grace
In cold splendour robes this tortured place
For strange marriage. Voices in the wind
Weave a garland where a mortal sinned.
Winter rots you; who is there to blame?
The new grass shall purge you in its flame.

by R.S. Thomas (1913-2000)