Category Archives: weather

Birdsong after rain


This afternoon, there was a rain shower that sent many people looking for shelter.

People stood at the back of the County Hall undercroft as rain blew in at the front

The rain soon cleared, and I took this video of the garden at St Ethelwolds House with the sound of birdsong after the rain.

May Day

This May Day morning was quite overcast, and there was some rain. April did not produce the expected April Showers.

Wagtails are often seen with insects in their beaks near Abingdon Weir.

There were also a group of thrushes near the lock – a family group with juveniles.

The chestnut branch that fell off the large tree in Cosener’s House is blossoming even though it has no roots.

A lady was selling handmade bags from near her boat. She said there was a good footfall yesterday, and she stayed open after 6 pm. Today was cooler, with fewer people, and quite cold for sitting out.

Red Weather Warning and storm damage


Abingdon had a red weather warning area today. Strong winds meant that a number of businesses chose not to open today. (There was a limited Farmers Market . Styan’s veggies from Worcestershire struggled in as did the two local butchers, the Bath cheese man, the honey man and the trout farmer. However their stalls were reduced in size with no awnings.) There were not a lot of people about. during the peak winds during the morning and early afternoon. The skies kept changing from blue to cloudy. There was a little rain.

Down West St Helen’s Street at least two properties lost roof tiles onto the public pavement, and The Salvation Army chose to close their pavement. There were also a couple of garden walls fell down along St Helen’s Close.

A tree had come down onto the pathway through the Box Hill Woods.

The winds lessoned by late afternoon. Paths were strewn with twigs under trees and some larger branches had split from trunks. Examples here are across the River Thames from St Helen’s Church.

A large branch had fallen from the large tree in front of Cosener’s House and drifted down the River Thames. There were work people with chain saws chopping damaged trees in the Abbey Meadows.

A Yew was damaged in Albert Park.