A couple of days ago, The Beeb reported that last month was the warmest July on record. The data came from the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

The figures have yet to be confirmed but I was interested in July 2019 being 1.2°C above an 1850 to 1900 baseline.

I had a look at my Ten Station data for last month. They are compromised because the first nine days are missing on Weather Underground, so can’t be taken too seriously.

I only have figures for 2009 to 2019.

The Five Northern Hemisphere Stations

2018 had the warmest July, 0.12°C higher than this year (26.08° cf 25.96°C).

July 2019 was 1.12°C above my Pre-Industrial baseline.

The Five Southern Hemisphere Stations

Last month in the south was the warmest July since 2009, 0.09°C warmer than 2014, the second warmest July.

July 2019 was 1.59°C above Pre-Industrial.

Global Ten Station Average

July 2019 was 0.01°C warmer than last year, and 1.35°C above Pre-industrial.

Year to Date

That July this year was particularly warm is indicated by the ongoing average daily Mean temperatures above (my) Pre-Industrial baseline.

At the end of the 35th week of this meteorological year, above P-I:-

North 1.06°C

South 1.44°C

Globe 1.25°C

But the global difference is only 0.10°C, so “nothing to see here”, perhaps.

I have caught up with data collection from Weather Underground and will offer a graph or two next Sunday.

Weather Eye, July

Last month was my tenth July in Filey so I have averaged monthly high temperatures and rainfall for the decade to compare with 2017 figures.

But first – the July highs from 1962 to the present.


This year, July in Whitby was just over 4°C warmer than in 1962, the trendline reducing the difference to about three degrees.

For the second month running 2017 has been wetter than the previous year.


It rained in Filey all day on the 24th but in Whitby, my favourite weather station recorded a fall of only 2.3mm. Fourteen miles south of here, Bridlington received 23.9mm which is “more like it”. I think I mentioned last month that Whitby is maybe too far away, about 30 miles, to be a good proxy for Filey. Alas, Bridlington and other stations closer to home don’t offer records going back ten years.

Although the above graph gives July 2017 a wet look it was actually drier than the ten-year average, as were the four previous years.


July rainfall has been going against expectation. Warmer temperatures, I thought, usually give higher precipitation but perhaps a month isn’t long enough for weather systems to strut all their stuff.

How have July maximum temperatures compared to the ten-year average?


So, roughly speaking, 2013 has been the warmest midsummer month in the last ten years – and the driest. And this July was really nothing to write home about. A trendline on the above temperature graph would show a decadal rise of about a quarter of a degree centigrade compared to the three degrees over the last 55 years. A summer “pause” in Yorkshire coast warming?

A Touch on the Tiller

There are not enough hours in the day to do all I would like to with this blog. Barely two months in I’m going to have to change direction a little. Today’s Image was chosen from five “stock” photos to represent the clear focal point of LaF Redux going forward – the Parish Church of Filey with its graveyard, records, and memories of the town’s people. I’m going to concentrate a little more on “Churchyard Stories” and put more effort into entering information in the Looking at FileyWiki, with links (where they exist) to the FamilySearch Tree. This data entry effort is not glamorous. I would much rather research and write stories but, hey ho… I may only manage a couple of new/ updated LaF stories a week from now on.

Then there is my own family adventure. When I started this blog I had no idea I would stumble on the outrageous pedigree that links me to historical figures going way back to the Dark Ages and even earlier. I am keen to know the truth of these implied genetic connections and only have a chance of finding it if I devote more time to research – on paper and via DNA matching. The history of Filey and its People will have to take a side seat while I try to find out who my ancestors really were.

I will attempt to reach a balance and hope that those of you who have found this blog will continue to stop by occasionally.

I want to thank everyone who has ‘liked’ posts so far and those who are following LaF Redux. I appreciate your generous responses but have to confess I cannot find enough spare moments to see what all of you are up to. (If I tell you I hated every minute I was “on Facebook” you’ll understand I’m not by nature a social networking animal.)

One person has commented and offered kind suggestions for growing my audience. If he/she reads – I emailed to explain my position (old geezer in God’s Waiting Room not doing this for attention, thanks anyway) but the message bounced back undelivered.

I will try to respond to comments that advance knowledge and understanding of the people I write about but will be embarrassed into silence should I receive praise, however kindly it is offered.