Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club

The Weather Page


The Met Office have recently upgraded many of their charts providing a more comprehensive range of weather information than previously available, enabling you to make some relatively useful predictions for your own location.

The General Weather Forecast is just that, it takes but a few minutes and with one click explore the high resolution visible and infrared satellite pictures of both the British Isles and the wider views over Europe.  Many of the charts can now be animated over historical periods.

It is fascinating to look at is the Windmap which shows the many wind directions around the Highs and Lows which surround the UK and Europe.

The Rainfall Radar Animation chart is another most impressive one to look at, from which you can see actual data of both the severity and direction of rain as it tracks across the British Isles.  With only a ½hour time delay on the data, you can forecast with some accuracy the arrival of rain in your target area.

Well done the met office, some really excellent data to help us understand what is going on around us.

Caution: Remember that the internet should never be relied upon as the only means to obtain the latest weather forecast and warning information, particularly if you are going sailing, climbing or walking etc. where a sudden change to bad weather could put your life and others in danger.

Access to the service or updates may be interrupted or delayed from time to time for a variety of reasons, and it is the responsibility of those using these links, to always check that the page on your screen is current, and not from your cache.  Use the Refresh or Reload button if in any doubt.

The Wirral & District ARC are not responsible for the content of any external websites.

General Weather Forecast for our area (Select your area)

            N. W. England
Comprehensive Forecast + up to 15 Day N.W. Summary Forecasts + Seasonal for Rainfall, Pressure, Temperature, Cloud, Wind and UV.

Satellite Pictures  Updated every hour

            UK visible
British Isles Visible High Resolution (only covers daylight hours)


            Pressure chart
Europe surface pressure (inc. 84 hour forecast) produced daily 7.30am UTC.

            Rainfall Animation
British Isles rainfall radar animation (½ hour intervals for last six hours). New Chart.

[Bottom left of chart under Met Office logo .. click on 2x >> and then left of that > button]

Nullschool World Wind Map in Real time as used by Sky

            The Jet Stream
Chart of the Atlantic Jet Stream by Metcheck with forecast for next 7 days

            Lightning Strikes
Chart of Lightning Strikes from 20 minutes to two hours previous.

Some other Interesting Links

for the best UK "Real Time" weather stats.

           5 day forecast
for WIRRAL from the BBC weather site.

Weather Stations Project with Live Webcams.
(Currentlly Feb 2020 not working as developing a new website)

           Hilbre Island
High & Low Water Times & Heights for Hilbre Island for next 28 days by National Oceanography Centre

           Tide Predictions
Tide Predictions for UK & Irish ports for the next 28 days by National Oceanography Centre

Real-Time Road Traffic Information

Traffic Map
Live traffic information in real-time.  Check your route before you leave.

Traffic - England
(Tick the boxes under "current conditions" to overlay map)

Traffic - Scotland
(Click Road-works to overlay data)

Traffic - Wales
(You can also watch all the A55 road traffic cameras)

The Moon


The phases of the moon are caused by the relative positions of the earth, sun, and moon. The moon goes around the earth, on average, in 27 days 7 hours 43 minutes.

The sun always illuminates the half of the moon facing the sun (except during lunar eclipses, when the moon passes through the earth's shadow). When the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the earth, the moon appears "full" to us, a bright, round disk. When the moon is between the earth and the sun, it appears dark, a "new" moon. In between, the moon's illuminated surface appears to grow (wax) to full, then decreases (wanes) to the next new moon.

The edge of the shadow (the terminator) is always curved, being an oblique view of a circle, giving the moon its familiar crescent shape. Because the "horns" of the moon at the ends of the crescent are always facing away from the setting or rising sun, they always point upward in the sky. It is fun to watch for paintings and pictures which show an "impossible moon" with the horns pointed downwards.

(Moon information courtesy of NASA)

New Moon

Waxing Crescent

First Quarter

Waxing Gibbous

Full Moon

Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter

Waning Crescent


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