For those who don’t know it, the poem November by Thomas Hood:
No sun – no moon!
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –
And, I might add…
No weather statistics –
the computer had quietly dumped the records until the 17th – but we still had butterflies, (some) bees, fruits, flowers, birds and even leaves. The first recorded air frost came on the 21st, still above zero at 6 am but freezing before sunrise, and there were two more consecutive days of subzero dawns. The maximum for the thirteen days recorded was 18.6°C/65.5°F (but I manually noted over 21°C on the 1st and 2nd); minimum -1.2°C/29.8°F; with a mean of 7.6°C/45.7°F for the same period. There was almost no rain recorded during the same few days, but a total for the month of 20.6 mm/0.81 inches was manually noted.