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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

MY 2021

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR

 

JANUARY 2021

 

January's Weather with 95.5mm of rainfall and 12 rain free days was drier, cooler, less windy and cloudy than December 2020.

January 28 was the wettest day with 20.7mm of rainfall.

 

January's average daily low temperature was 2.35C

January's average daily temperature was 4.83C

January's average daily high temperature was 6.88C.

January 07 produced the highest average daily temperature of 10.2C

January 19 produced the lowest temperature of -1.4C Min.

January 14 produced the highest temperature of 14.6C Max.

 

January's Average wind direction was from the South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.17 MPH.

January's average daily wind gust was 2.78 MPH.

January 16 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 33.68 MPH.

 

January's average daily UV Index was 1.61

January 16 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.0

January 18 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 2.1

 

 

JANUARY 2021

 

Diary Entry January 29 Weather 7.0C Min, 10C Max, Cloudy, winds from the West at 5.5 MPH gusting to 21.1 Max with rain showers.

It's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch weekend.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird 2, Blackcap 1, Black Headed Gull 3, Carrion Crow 2, Collared Dove 2, Dunnock 1, Herring Gull 2, House Sparrow 6, Jackdaw 2, Magpie 1, Mallard 2, Moorhen 1, Mute Swan 2, Robin 1, Woodpigeon 3 and Wren 1.

 

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Diary Entry January 10 Weather -1.7C Min, 6.2C Max. Cloudy with winds from the West.

 

Here are a couple of images of the rarer visitors to the garden today.

 

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Diary Entry January 02 Weather -0.8C Min, 4.4CMax. Cloudy with winds from the North.

Subject to Covid restrictions again, stuck indoors and an untimely appearance of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly from my airing cupboard made my day. Despite attempts to feed it and return it to its place of hibernation it unfortunately failed to survive and get to see the outdoors again as did the one in the image below.

 

 

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Diary Entry January 01 Weather -3.3C Min, 4.8C Max. Cloudy with winds from the North, North East with light rain. A chilly visit to Blagdon Lake but unfortunately weather conditions prevented our planned picnic lunch and walk around the lake.

Birds Sighted: Blackbird, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Common Sandpiper, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Great Tit, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Pochard, Robin, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon and Wren.

 

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MY 2021

 

The Year Weatherwise

A total of 803.13 mm of rainfall and 201 rain free days.

The wettest day of the year was October 04 recorded with 30.99mm of rainfall.

The wettest month being October with 176.02mm of rain.

The driest month being April with 12.6mm of rain.

 

Highest daily average temperature of 25.0C was produced on July 22.

Lowest daily average temperature of -1.2C was produced on January 7.

The years highest temperature of 31.6C was recorded July 19.

The years lowest temperature of -3.3C was recorded on January 1.

The years average daily wind direction was from the South, South West.

The years highest sustained wind speed was recorded at 23.18MPH on March 11.

The years highest wind gust was recorded at 42.0MPH on May 21.

 

The years daily average UV Index was 0.71.

The years highest UV Index of 7.2 was last recorded on July 28.

The years last lowest UV Index of 0 was last recorded on December 25.

 

 

JANUARY

A rare appearance of a Green Woodpecker in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

January's Weather with 95.5mm of rainfall and 12 rain free days January was drier, colder, as windy but less cloudy than December 2020.

January 28 was the wettest day with 20.07mm of rainfall.

Snowfall occurred on January 24 and 31.

 

January's average daily low temperature was 2.4C.

January's average daily temperature was 4.8C.

January's average daily high temperature was 6.9C.

January's lowest daily average of -1.2C was produced on January 7.

January's highest daily average of 10.2C was produced on January 20.

January 1 produced the lowest temperature of -3.3C Min.

January 20 produced the highest temperature of 11.9C Max.

January's Average wind direction was from the South with a daily average wind speed of 2.5MPH.

January's average daily wind gust was 3.1MPH.

January 21 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 30.4MPH.

 

January's average daily UV Index was 0.6.

January 31 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.0.

January 29 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 1.6.

 

FEBRUARY

Another appearance of the Green Woodpecker and Frogs spawning in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden and pond.

 

February's Weather with 49.2mm of rainfall and 13 rain free days February was drier, warmer, windier but less cloudy than January.

February 04 was the wettest day with 9.65mm of rainfall.

 

February's average daily low temperature was 3.2C.

February's average daily temperature was 6.2C.

February's average daily high temperature was 9.2C.

February's lowest daily average of -0.8C was produced on February 11.

February's highest daily average of 12.6C was produced on February 24.

February 11 produced the lowest temperature of -3.1C Min.

February 24 produced the highest temperature of 14.8C Max.

February's Average wind direction was from the South East with a daily average wind speed of 3.6MPH.

February's average daily wind gust was 4.2MPH.

February 19 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 33.1MPH.

 

February's average daily UV Index was 1.7.

February 19 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.0.

February 28 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 2.6.

 

MARCH

Butterflies back in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

March's Weather with 44.4mm of rainfall and 20 rain free days March was drier, warmer, less windy and cloudy than February.

March 12 was the wettest day with 16mm of rainfall.

 

March's average daily low temperature was 4.5C.

March's average daily temperature was 8.0C.

March's average daily high temperature was 11.7C.

March's lowest daily average of 1.9C was produced on March 07.

March's highest daily average of 14.8C was produced on March 31.

March 07 produced the lowest temperature of -2.9C Min.

March 30 produced the highest temperature of 22.7C Max.

March's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.7MPH.

March's average daily wind gust was 3.4MPH.

March  produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 35.5MPH.

 

March's average daily UV Index was 2.7.

March 10 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.3.

March 29 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 4.0.

 

APRIL

A Fox and Hedgehog image caught by the camera trap in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

April's Weather with 12.6mm of rainfall and 26 rain free days April was drier with colder nights, less wind and cloud than March.

April 28 was the wettest day with 8.9mm of rainfall.

 

April's average daily low temperature was 3.3C.

April's average daily temperature was 8.3C.

April's average daily high temperature was 13.2C.

April's lowest daily average of 4.8C was produced on April 06.

April's highest daily average of 12.6C was produced on April 24.

April 04 produced the lowest temperature of 0.1C Min.

April 23 produced the highest temperature of 19.6C Max.

April's Average wind direction was from the South with a daily average wind speed of 2.4MPH.

April's average daily wind gust was 2.8MPH.

April 06 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 22.1MPH.

 

April's average daily UV Index was 4.0.

April 01 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 2.0.

April 09 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 5.0.

 

 

MAY

Bats, Swallows and Swifts back overflying my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

May's Weather with 108.7mm of rainfall and 8 rain free days May was wetter, windier but less cloudy than April.

May 08 was the wettest day with 17.0mm of rainfall.

 

May's average daily low temperature was 7.8C.

May's average daily temperature was 11.5C.

May's average daily high temperature was 15.7C.

May's lowest daily average of 8.3C was produced on May 05.

May's highest daily average of 16.9C was produced on May 31.

May 02 produced the lowest temperature of 2.0C Min.

May 31 produced the highest temperature of 23.7C Max.

May's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 3.0MPH.

May's average daily wind gust was 3.9MPH.

May 21 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 42.0MPH.

 

May's average daily UV Index was 4.8.

May 13 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.8.

May 22 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 6.3.

 

 

JUNE

A Badger and a Slow Worm seen again in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

June's Weather with 33.0mm of rainfall and 18 rain free days June was drier, windier but less cloudy than May.

June 28 was the wettest day with 9.14mm of rainfall.

 

June's average daily low temperature was 12.6C.

June's average daily temperature was 16.5C.

June's average daily high temperature was 21.1C.

June's lowest daily average of 13.9C was produced on June 21.

June's highest daily average of 20.1C was produced on June 01.

June 23 produced the lowest temperature of 8.0C Min.

June 13 produced the highest temperature of 28.0C Max.

June's Average wind direction was from the South with a daily average wind speed of 2.2MPH.

June's average daily wind gust was 2.7MPH.

June 27 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 22.30MPH.

 

June's average daily UV Index was 5.3.

June 19 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 2.1.

June 03 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 6.6.

 

 

JULY

A mating pair of Private Hawk-moths and a Painted Lady butterfly seen again in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

July's Weather with 92.3mm of rainfall and 17 rain free days July was warmer, wetter, less windy and as cloudy as June.

July 28 was the wettest day with 19.3mm of rainfall.

 

July's average daily low temperature was 15.32C.

July's average daily temperature was 19.2C.

July's average daily high temperature was 23.93C.

July's lowest daily average of 14.9C was produced on July 11.

July's highest daily average of 25.0C was produced on July 22.

July 06 produced the lowest temperature of 12.0C Min.

July 19 produced the highest temperature of 31.6C Max.

July's Average wind direction was from the South West with a daily average wind speed of 1.86MPH.

July's average daily wind gust was 2.36MPH.

July 24 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 29.33MPH.

 

July's average daily UV Index was 5.2.

July 24 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 2.7.

July 28 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 7.2.

 

 

AUGUST

A Jersey Tiger moth seen for the first time in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

August's Weather with 47.23mm of rainfall and 18 rain free days August was drier, cooler, windier and cloudier than July.

August 09 was the wettest day with 11.18mm of rainfall.

 

August's average daily low temperature was 13.68 C.

August's average daily temperature was 16.99C.

August's average daily high temperature was 20.84C.

August's lowest daily average of 14.9C was produced on August 27.

August's highest daily average of 19.0C was produced on August 14.

August 29 produced the lowest temperature of 10.7C Min.

August 14 produced the highest temperature of 24.2C Max.

August's Average wind direction was from the South with a daily average wind speed of 2.35MPH.

August's average daily wind gust was 2.94MPH.

August 09 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 28.09MPH.

 

August's average daily UV Index was 4.27.

August 30 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 2.7.

August 01 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 5.7.

 

 

SEPTEMBER

A Sparrowhawk making a kill of a Collared Dove in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

September's Weather with 60.44mm of rainfall and 22 rain free days September was wetter, cooler, less windy but cloudier than August.

September 28 was the wettest day with 19.3mm of rainfall.

 

September's average daily low temperature was 13.30C.

September's average daily temperature was 16.87C.

September's average daily high temperature was 21.14C.

September's lowest daily average of 12.8C was produced on September 28.

September's highest daily average of 22.30C was produced on September 07.

September 20 produced the lowest temperature of 8.1C Min.

September 07 produced the highest temperature of 30.3C Max.

September's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 1.76MPH.

September's average daily wind gust was 2.19MPH.

September 27 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 23.92MPH.

 

September's average daily UV Index was 3.10.

September 30 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 1.5.

September 10 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 3.9.

 

 

OCTOBER

A sighting of a Song Thrush and Redwing in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

October's Weather with 176.02mm of rainfall and 15 rain free days October was wetter, cooler, windier but cloudier than September.

October 04 was the wettest day with 30.99mm of rainfall.

 

October's average daily low temperature was 10.59C.

October's average daily temperature was 13.53C.

October's average daily high temperature was 16.53C.

October's lowest daily average of 10.50C was produced on October 31.

October's highest daily average of 17.40C was produced on October 19.

October 11 produced the lowest temperature of 6.0C Min.

October 07 produced the highest temperature of 19.6C Max.

October's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.41MPH.

October's average daily wind gust was 3.52MPH.

October 28 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 31.81MPH.

 

October's average daily UV Index was 1.89.

October 18 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.

October 03 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 3.3.

 

 

NOVEMBER

The sightings of a Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

November's Weather with 15.7mm of rainfall and 23 rain free days November was drier, cooler, windier but cloudier than October.

November 01 was the wettest day with 9.1mm of rainfall.

 

November's average daily low temperature was 6.04C.

November's average daily temperature was 9.08C.

November's average daily high temperature was 11.07C.

November's lowest daily average of 3.40C was produced on November 29.

November's highest daily average of 12.7C was produced on November 10.

November 29 produced the lowest temperature of -0.3C Min.

November 13 produced the highest temperature of 15.0C Max.

November's Average wind direction was from the South, South West with a daily average wind speed of 2.80MPH.

November's average daily wind gust was 3.11MPH.

November 27 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 37.00MPH.

 

November's average daily UV Index was 1.37.

November 20 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.6.

November 06 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 2.8.

 

 

DECEMBER

The sighting of another Song Thrush in my Clevedon, North Somerset garden.

 

December's Weather with 68.31mm of rainfall and 9 rain free days November was wetter, cooler, windier and cloudier than November.

December 25 was the wettest day with 12.95mm of rainfall.

 

December's average daily low temperature was 5.70C.

December's average daily temperature was 8.20C.

December's average daily high temperature was 10.21C.

December's lowest daily average of 3.70C was produced on December 22.

December's highest daily average of 13.80C was produced on December 30.

December 02 produced the lowest temperature of -0.3C Min.

December 30 produced the highest temperature of 14.8C Max.

December's Average wind direction was from the South with a daily average wind speed of 3.15MPH.

December's average daily wind gust was 3.38MPH.

December 07 produced the highest wind gust at a speed of 27.90MPH.

 

December's average daily UV Index was 0.71.

December 25 produced the months last lowest daily UV Index of 0.

December 02 produced the months last highest daily UV Index of 1.2.

 

 

 

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PET HATES

I don't dislike cats but I hate their habits. They prowl gardens stalking and killing wildlife, fouling any cultivated garden area turning it into a minefield and making working in the garden at times an unpleasant experience.

Drivers who 'tailgate' to intimidate others into driving faster than they wish. Private Hire and Taxi drivers particularly in Bristol seem to be prone to this trait. From my observations they also appear to think that they have a dispensation which allows them to exceed speed limits.

Drivers who park on double yellow lines and the failure of authorities (having spent my taxes to locate them) to police the parking restrictions.

The number of 'potholes' in roads and if we are lucky their eventual ineffective repair.

Anonymous Community Speed Watch persons who in the interests of road safety stand behind their inappropriately parked vehicles in potholed and crumbling roads and point their 'gun' at cars driving well within the legal speed limit. Community Speed Watch persons, Local Authorities and Police Constabularies please examine your own contributions towards road safety.

Horse riders and cyclists who seem to think it is necessary to ride two abreast and obstruct other road users when they don't even pay for the privilege.

Cyclists who cycle on footpaths and roads during the hours of darkness without showing lights and having any means of warning of their presence.

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LAND YEO MAINTENANCE AND ENHANCEMENT

First Published May 2004 Revised August 2018

Any organisation working on, in, from or indeed using the river should be more considerate of the riverside owners and their riparian rights. Before the Environment Agency took more of an interest in the Land Yeo and the establishment of 'Land Yeo Friends' I had been maintaining and improving the river bank adjacent to my property. Yet, without consultation someone planted reeds along a stretch of the river bank which I own and to which I have riparian rights. Luckily the Mute Swans made quick work of rooting them out although a few remain to this day. On another occasion the much needed task of cutting back brambles overgrowing the river bank opposite the one I maintain was undertaken by someone who left some of the bramble cuttings on my bank for me to deal with. If anyone working on, in, from or using the river wishes to gain more friends and support then it's time they started communicating with affected riverside owners and those with riparian rights before they undertake activities likely to have an effect on them.

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BOTTLE TRACKING

Bottle Identification    My Find

Date Launched          Unknown

Time Launched          Unknown             

Location of Launch         Clevedon Pier, Clevedon, North Somerset, England.

Date Found             09-08-2012

Location Found          Kingston Seymour Sea Defences, North Somerset, England.

Distance Travelled          5km

Date of Re-Launch        19-08-2012

Time of Re-Launch         09:28

Location of Re-Launch   Sand Point Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

 

Bottle Identification    Master

DateLaunched          19-08-2012

Time Launched         09:28

Location of Launch     Sand Point, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

 

 

Bottle Identification   1

Date Launched         27-08-2012

Time Launched         16:00

Location of Launch     Kingston Seymour Sea Defences North Somerset, England.

 

Bottle Identification   2

Date Launched         27-08-2012

Time Launched         16:00             

Location of Launch     Kingston Seymour Sea Defences North Somerset, England.

 

Bottle Identification    3

Date Launched         02-09-2012

Time Launched         09:15

Location of Launch      Sand Point, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

 

 

Bottle Identification    4

Date Launched         02-09-2012

Time Launched         09:15

Location of Launch     Sand Point, Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

Date Found            14-10-2012

Location Found         Sand Bay, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset, England.

Distance Traveled      0km

Date of Re-Launch       ?

Time of Re-Launch       ?

Location of Re-Launch    ?

 

 

Bottle Identification    5

Date Launched         28-04-2013

Time Launched         12:47

Location of Launch      Kingston Seymour Sea Defences, Congresbury Yeo Outfall, North Somerset, England.

 

 

Bottle Identification     6

Date Launched          28-0402013

Time Launched          12:55

Location of Launch      Kingston Seymour Sea Defences, Congresbury Yeo Outfall, North Somerset, England.

 

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