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November 2015 statistics for Reigate, Surrey

  • Temperature average 10C
  • Tmax 16.3C
  • Tmin -2.6C
  • Rainfall 66mm
  • Max gust 40mph
  • Sunshine 69 hours

In the UK November 2015 was the third warmest on record since 1910 and averaged 10C in Reigate with Tmax 16.3C and Tmin -2.6C.  The overall CET (Central England Temp) for November came out at 9.5C, nearly 3C above the long term average.

The month started with a trough in the Atlantic and HIGH pressure to the east bringing a mild wet southerly //SW flow to our area in the south.

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November 2015 mild SW flow

Rainfall was about average for our area at a total of 66mm for the month, though this is significantly drier than the MetOffice SE data shown below which shows the SE being wetter than average as a whole.

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South East rainfall Nov 2015

A number of named MetOffice storms impacted the UK but did not significantly affect the SE.  Ex-Tropical storm Kate swept unnoticed across the South on the 14/15 Nov and brought some blustery weather to the Downs.

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Pressure and wind gusts Reigate November 2015

Temperatures took a brief dip later in the month when a short-lived Arctic plunge brought brief wet snow which fell and settled momentarily in Reigate on the morning of 21 November.

November rain was about average for Reigate, though wetter in the NW.

November was the dullest ever on record especially here in the south.

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Some other pics of Reigate during November

Here is the MetOffice summary and blog records for the month

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2015/november

http://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/11/

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November 2014 in Reigate weather summary

Average temp 8.9C

Tmax 17.2C

Tmin  -0.5C

Total precipitation 135mm

Max gust 29mph (av wind speed 16mph)

Sunshine 87.5 hours

November weather in Reigate and the SE was rather dull and uneventful in Reigate but the meteorology going on more widely was fantastically interesting!

November was considerably warmer than average.  In the UK November turned out a whopping 2C warmer than the long term CET record.  In addition some areas in the south recorded 200% more rainfall than average.

Our anomalously warm and wet November was due to our weather being dominated by warm moist southerly winds as a trough sat in the Atlantic and a fairly strong blocking high dominated Russia and occasionally Scandinavia.  The northern hemisphere flow encouraged blocking further east and a trough to the west of the UK.

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The blocking high pushed LOW pressure in the Med that fed warm moist winds up to the UK (warm air advection).  Occasional Atlantic fronts caused heavy rain when cooler air on cold fronts advected in from the west to meet this moist flow.  Heavy November rain in the south was caused by this process.  Nevertheless, the usual scaremongering forecasts in the press failed to materialise.

A split jetstream assisted the warm moist feed across much of Europe and led to torrential rain and flooding along south facing coasts in Italy and S France.  To a lesser extent this also occurred in the UK with highest rainfall anomalies found in the south and SE.

Globally November was one of the warmest on record too.  However, the US and Canada recorded one of the earliest coldest and snowiest Novembers on record. The upper air patterns plunged cold Arctic air into North America and, when this frigid polar air crossed the warm Great Lakes, it produced tremendous falls of Lake Effect snow over northern New York State, especially around Buffalo.

Autumn for the UK as a whole was the third warmest in the record going back to 1910.  Autumnal rainfall was just a tad below average because September was a very dry month.  October and November were well above average for rainfall.  The SE came out average or just above average for rain for the whole of the Autumn.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2014/autumn

Globally November’s warmth and climate extremes caused the climate change debate to reignite.  The graphs below speak for themselves.  Our November was dominated by our first HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON launch. The experience of launching our first exploration into near space brought it home to us how thin our atmosphere is, how quickly it is to escape from and thus how fragile it is.  We live perilously close to utterly hostile environments… the views of Earth brought back from our stratospheric balloon were both sensational but somehow frightening in the context of rapid climate change on the only earth we have.

 

Please visit the DATA page for November 2012 weather data.