Not the absence of homebrew but the absence of rain…..
Now on our 16th consecutively dry day here. No rain since some drizzle on Xmas Day (all 1.4 mm of it).
And as the DPs have been low, everything has dried up nicely after the December deluges.
Long dry spells are not unusual and 16 days doesn’t even come near any record. My longest consecutive winter dry spell was from December the 13th until the 11th January 2009, a total of 29 days.
Looking at the forecast, this dry spell could continue until the middle of next week or longer
Grey, overcast, calm, cold, dry.
Clear, starry skies last night allowed the temperature to fall below freezing before cloud rolled in at dawn this morning and made for a sunless day.
With not a breath of wind to break up the inversion boundary, and no sunshine to warm things up the temperature did not rise above 3.6C here today. Leaving the Otter Valley behind I saw 7C above the IB; tropical.
Very unusual to have a highest maximum so low, and this was the coldest since 0.7C on the 18th March (The Beast from the East). A year or two can go by without the day maximum being so low.
Air pressure reached 1043.2 hPa yesterday, getting near to my record and the highest since 1043.9 hPa on the 27th December 2016.
Still, the air feels crisp and with low humidity, everything has dried up nicely after all that December rain and damp.