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From Aug 2006 - Nov 2013 WeDig provided a live forum for diggers & fans of Vindolanda. It has now been mothballed and will be maintained as a live archive.

Here you will find preserved 7 years of conversation, photos, & knowledge about a site many people love. Vindolanda gets under the skin. (Figuratively and literally as a volunteer excavator!) It's a place you remember, filled with people you remember!

Thanks for 7 great years!

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So, How's the Weather?


England has some of the most changeable weather in Europe. The area around Vindolanda has, arguably, some of the most changeable weather in England. Brilliant sunshine can turn to a torrential downpour in minutes. Then the clouds can disappear as quickly as they arrived. Any visitor to or digger at Vindolanda should come well prepared for a wide variety of weather.

That said, Northumberland's climate has been classified as generally cool, windy, and wet. And this holds fairly true at Vindolanda. Snow can fall in April. Summer temperatures are very rarely above 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). The air is seldom still enough for midges and mosquitoes to be a real nuisance. And it rarely goes a full week in Tynedale without rain. But the ridges and valleys around Vindolanda are full of surprises. The savvy digger will bring warm weather and cool weather clothing. Waterproofs and good boots are a must, at any time of year. Sunblock and bug repellant will probably come in handy. And wearing layers that you can adjust for warmth in the morning and cool in mid-day is smart -- be it April, July, or September.

Below are some more tools & toys for learning the climate of the land. You will find current weather conditions, satellite images, month-by-month weather breakdowns, and even live Webcams throughout the region, so you can see with your own eyes what's happening! Hopefully you'll find some useful & fun tidbits to help plan your visit.



Current Conditions




To the left is the latest satellite image of the UK and Europe. (The timestamp you'll see is GMT -5 hrs.) To the right is a continuously updated view of current weather conditions in Newcastle. Sadly, there's no direct feed to Vindolanda, and the nearby station at Spadeadam is mostly non-functional. Still, this will help give some idea of what the weather is doing right now.




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Local Climate


The following tables of climate information come from an -extremely- handy Web site, the UK Met Office (the UK's National Weather Service). Below are averageThis is data taken from a period of 30 years, 1971-2000, and averaged. More recent years do appear very slightly cooler in winter, hotter in summer. But the variation seems not great enough in Tynedale to alter the figures shown here. high and low temperatures, rain/snowfall, and sunshine reports for the vicinity of Vindolanda. Of course, as mentioned weather is a changeable thing. It can be raining at Vindolanda and bright sunshine just a few miles away. Nonetheless, these charts will hopefully give you some idea of what to prepare for during your dig.


Average High Temperatures
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
C
5
5
7
9.5
13
16
20
19
15
11.5
7.5
5.5
F
41
41
44.5
49
55.5
61
68
66
59
53
46
42

Average Low Temperatures
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
C
-0.5
-1
1
1.4
4
7.5
9
9
7
4.5
1.5
0
F
31
30
34
35
38
46
48
48
44.5
40
35
32

Average Monthly Rainfall
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
mm.
110
80
90
70
60
65
80
90
90
90
100
120
in.
4.33
3.15
3.55
2.76
2.36
2.56
3.15
3.55
3.55
3.55
3.94
4.73

Average Hours of Sunshine
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
month
40
62
90
126
172
160
165
160
115
85
58
35
per day
1.3
2.2
2.9
4.2
5.5
5.3
5.3
5.2
3.8
2.7
1.9
1.1

Days with Measureable Rainfall
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
16
12
15
11.5
11
11.5
10
12
12
14
15
15

Days with Sleet or Snow Falling
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
11
10
9
6
1.4
0.2
0
0
0
0.8
4
8

Area Webcams


In this section you will find live, streaming video from various Webcams in the Hadrian's Wall region. Simply click the toggle bars to view them. The first toggle bar shows views from Hexham Abbey and downtown Newcastle. The second toggle shows three views from Hadrian's Wall itself -- Cawfields quarry, Walltown Crags, and Winshields Crags. (Note, the views of Hadrian's Wall will require a plugin. The plugin has been tested & accepted by Northumberland National Parks for their Web site. Download and install with confidence!)

Click to see live Webcams from Hexham Abbey and Newcastle
Click to see live Webcams from Hadrian's Wall (plugin required)

Webcam Feeds:
Hexham Abbey: http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/visitors_guide/hexcam
Newcastle, Gateshead Millennium Bridge: http://www.tynebridgewebcam.com/
Hadrian's Wall: http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/parklive/webcams.htm

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