Monday 5 February: Frost duration 40% lower in center of Ghent compared with surrounding rural region
At the MOCCA weather station of Melle (rural location just outside the city of Ghent) the past winter period resulted in 456 hours of negative temperatures. But the MOCCA station of St Bavo, situated in the city center, registered a total frost duration of only 279 hours which means a reduction of about 40%.
Monday 15 May: The importance of good communication
If you had a look during the last days at the realtime maps and graphs of the MOCCA stations, you should have remarked some strange issues.
Thursday 20 April: Late frost but not in the city
Spring started very mild with a record high average temperature in Ukkel for March. But during the previous days a northern flow transported cold air (about -5°C at 850 hPa = about 1.5 km height) towards the Benelux...
Friday 6 January: Urban heat island during a winter night
Last night the meteorological conditions were ideal for strong cooling: a cold air mass, merely wind and clear conditions.
Tuesday 20 December: Last weekend: grey, greyer, greyest
Last days the weather was not really exciting with the grey and foggy weekend as an excellent illustration.
Tuesday 22 November: Discussion of a windy Sunday: significantly less wind in the city
After a hesitating start (with a Summerlike September) Autumn now started for real. This was highlighted by the very windy Sunday of 20/11. Let us look back to this day.
Tuesday 11 October: First time below 0°C ... in Melle
After a very mild september with even some tropical days, it goes fast now. This morning the first negative temperatures were measured.
Wednesday 5 October: Did we have a heatwave in Gent during summer 2016?
Summer is really over now, time to look back. Both in July, August, and September the temperature sometimes peaked at tropical values over 30°C.
Tuesday 24 August: Hot end of summer 2016
Up to now summer 2016 did not have many thermal outliers, but this will be compensated for this week.
Tuesday 16 August: It keeps on raining in the botanical garden
Due to the different microclimates we can expect quite some differences in the meteorological observations within a city,
but sometimes there is more to it than meteorology.
Monday 4 July : There we go...
More than 1 year ago the preparations for this project have been started. Many discussions, site visits and software problems later
we are now ready to start the campaign.