Sun 15th Cat 3 Hurricane Ophelia near Azores ireland bound where likely to cause stormy damaging conditioins tomorrow as an extra Tropical feature..one of most northerly recorded (above 35N) and rare to get Cat 3 so close to BI
Mon 16th warmth and wind brought by ex Ophelia although little rain. Incredible surge in warmrth during the morning WW (it had been a warm night above 13c widely). At Llanwnnen in spite of overcast skies and gusty winds the temperature shot up over 4c in two hours attaining 20.8c 0830. At Capel Curig an astounding rise of 7.8c between 0800 - 0900 to 21.6c! Gogerddan managed 22.8c 0800. Damaging winds in places, gusts Capel Curig 90mph, Aberdaron 89mph, Aberporth 74mph, Llanwnnen 57mph, Trawsgoed 53mph. Maxima Gogerddan 22.8c, Trawsgoed 22.3c, Capel Curig 22.3c, Hereford 20.8c, Mumbles 18.3c)
Fri 27th a rare sunny day, 6.5 hours sunniest day since Sept 1st at Llanwnnen (Nottingham 8.7 hrs, Aberporth 7.5 hrs)
Sat 28th widespread ground frost, frost a rarity this month which has been very mild..(air min Shobdon -0.3c, Llanwnnen +0.6c, Pembrey 1.1c, Nottingham 5.9c, Aberdaron & Valley 9.1c). MOst places have had a dry October away from Snowdonia..
Mon 30th widespread frost (Pershore -2.8c, Llanwnnen -2.2c, Tirabad -1.9c). Sunny periods very pleasant day, an estimated 7 hours sun at Llanwnnen being the highest daily total since August 31st (Wellesbourne 7.8 hrs, Aberdaron & Aberporth 6.3 hrs).
Quite a late flourish of hedgerow Campion along with the odd Foxglove to month end. Many other species of flower out too at month end inc Stitchwort. Wild Strawberries in flower with even the odd berry attempting to ripen!
A few Redwing and Fieldfare seen with plenty of the former audible flying over in the evenings.
Aberystywth Starlings back and fantastic murmeration observed 25th, several thousand birds.
Most Ash shed leaves by month end, many Oak still retaining them.
October 2017 summary
Mild/ very mild and dull: dry/ rather dry away from Snowdonia; much of the E Mids very dry.
Rugby area probably the driest Oct since 1978 (7mm BR) with Oct 2017 (16.3mm) slightly drier than Oct 2016 (17.3mm).
Llanwnnen 75.9mm (53%)
Long Lawford 16.3mm (29%)
Church Lawford 16.8mm (25%)
Llanwnnen 64 hours estimated
Bablake 75.8 hrs