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Allan Colman, from Milfield, knows about weather and in a talk illustrated with his own photographs and interspersed with his own weather poetry, he told members and guests of Glendale Local History Society all about it '“ what makes it, what changes it, how it was, and what it might do in the future.

Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 8:00 am

Allan’s enthusiasm for the weather is a lifetime passion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, writes on the subject, and observes it daily.

It is often said that no two days are alike. Allan explained how research done on ice cores indicate that the earth has undergone alternate warming and cooling such that no two eras are alike. The famous mini ice age in the 17th century, when the River Thames froze, is an example of that. In contrast it is thought that there were periods in the middle ages when Europe was warmer than it is now.

In his research into the weather in Glendale, Allan related how he had found attendance records from the school at Southernknowe in the College Valley useful. Most winters it seems snowfalls made life a challenge for both teachers and pupils. One winter the boys had to dig a way across the school yard to get out at break time.

What we experience – whether we are wet, dry, hot or frozen – comes as the result of numerous different weather phenomena.

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Allan explained how cloud, mist, fog and frost form, and gave an explanation to terms such as front, occlusion and dew-point that describe how weather is progressing.

When considering the future, the apparent cyclical nature of climate and the observation that the earth is getting hotter provoked some lively discussion.

What we are doing to the earth, the generation of warming gases such as methane and carbon dioxide, what the sun is doing to the earth with increased sunspot activity, and what the earth itself is doing with volcanic events, all contribute to global warming. Where global warming is taking us and whether it is good or bad are questions that were left hanging in the air.

Glendale Local History Society reaches a milestone in 2017 as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Its committee has been served by dedicated, hardworking individuals who, together with its membership, have accomplished notable achievements, such as the research and publication of books, the undertaking of projects and support of a variety of exhibitions countywide.

During 2017 a programme of top class speakers has been formulated. In January, our celebrity speaker is Katrina Porteous, a well-known broadcaster, author and poet. Recently she has performed at the Centre for Life in Newcastle and at the Berwick Literary Festival. She is frequently working abroad and can be heard on radio narrating her poetry.

Katrina is highly qualified and is famed for her local study of women in the historic Northumbrian coastal fishing communities. She will present an illustrated talk entitled Can She Bait a Line? Women and Girls in the Northumbrian Fishing Community, 1300-1950, at the Cheviot Centre, Wooler, on Wednesday, January 11, at 7.30pm.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served at 7pm. Katrina will sign her publications. Visitors are welcome, £3 payable at the door.

Annual membership of GLHS is £8 for eight talks.