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Weather Challenges in Wales: A Symphony of Climatic Surprises



Embraced by the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Wales unfolds a narrative of atmospheric unpredictability, captivating locals and explorers in a harmonious dance with the elements. This captivating region, adorned with its untamed landscapes and lyrical scenery, becomes a canvas upon which the whimsical strokes of weather create an ever-shifting masterpiece.

From the majestic heights of Snowdonia to the serene embrace of valleys that weave through the heart of the country, Wales finds itself entangled in a climatic labyrinth, where each day is an unpredictable chapter in a mesmerizing saga.

The Welsh Climate Canvas

Delving into the climatic canvas of Wales unveils a rich tapestry intricately woven with the dynamic interplay of oceanic and maritime influences. Positioned within the gentle embrace of the Atlantic Ocean, this geographical setting serves as a dual-edged sword, imparting blessings and challenges to the atmospheric spectacle that unfolds above.

The proximity to the vast expanse of the Atlantic bestows Wales with generally mild temperatures, courtesy of oceanic currents. It introduces an element of climatic complexity through the omnipresent, moisture-laden air.

The breath of the ocean breathes life into the Welsh weather, casting a temperate spell across the land. This maritime influence extends its benevolent touch, moderating extreme temperature fluctuations that might otherwise occur in this enchanting region.

However, the same maritime caress ushers in a symphony of unpredictability as moisture-laden air currents weave intricate patterns across the sky. The atmospheric dance becomes a delicate balance between the soothing touch of temperate conditions and the capricious whims of ever-present moisture, creating a nuanced narrative in the clouds.

From the towering peaks of Snowdonia to the meandering valleys that crisscross the landscape, each geographical feature becomes a stage for the climatic performance. The high-altitude drama atop Snowdonia showcases the interplay of clouds and sunlight, creating awe-inspiring displays that paint the mountainous canvas with ever-changing hues. Meanwhile, the valleys below witness a dance of mist and rain as the moisture-laden air navigates the undulating terrain, leaving a refreshing trail in its wake.

In essence, Wales’ climate is not merely a static backdrop but a living, breathing masterpiece, where the constant dialogue between oceanic forces and terrestrial landscapes orchestrates a symphony of climatic surprises. The vibrant threads of this atmospheric tapestry tell a story of resilience, adaptability, and the ceaseless beauty that emerges from the ever-shifting dance between land and sea.

The Culprits Behind Adverse Weather

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Oceanic Drama Unveiled

The Atlantic Ocean, an ever-present neighbor, assumes the role of a tempestuous artist in Wales’ meteorological narrative. Its proximity not only blesses the region with a gentle maritime touch but also unleashes the unruly side of nature.

Moisture-laden air masses from the Atlantic engage in a climatic dance with the diverse topography of Wales, resulting in a dichotomy of rainfall patterns—sometimes relentless and at other times sporadic. Like a nurturing force, the oceanic embrace paradoxically catalyzes the stormy temperament that intermittently sweeps through the region, leaving residents and visitors alike in awe of its capricious beauty.

Topography Unveiling Nature’s Stage

Wales’ landscape, a masterpiece of nature’s craftsmanship, serves as the stage for a captivating weather drama. The hills, valleys, and coastal plains create a dynamic canvas where climatic elements perform with an unpredictable fervor. The mountains of Snowdonia, in particular, become protagonists in the meteorological saga.

Their towering presence induces orographic lifting, which enhances rainfall on the windward slopes while casting rain shadows on the leeward side. This topographical rollercoaster ride significantly contributes to the localized intensity of adverse weather conditions, turning Wales into a theater where nature showcases its prowess.

Climate’s Crossroads

In the ever-evolving narrative of global climate dynamics, Wales stands at the crossroads of profound change. The looming specter of climate change casts a formidable shadow over the region, altering the very fabric of its weather patterns. Rising temperatures, shifts in precipitation norms, and the ominous rise in sea levels magnify extreme weather events’ frequency and intensity.

In this climatic saga, Wales becomes more than a mere spectator; it becomes a protagonist facing the challenges of a changing climate head-on. Floods, storms, and other climatic tribulations become more than occasional occurrences—they evolve into chapters defining the resilience and adaptability of land caught in the throes of climatic transformation.


Appointment of new canons to St Davids Cathedral



THE DEAN of St Davids has expressed delight that the Bishop of St Davids has appointed four new Canons for the Cathedral.

The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones said, ‘I am so pleased to welcome the Revd Gareth Reid, the Revd Julian Smith and the Revd Marcus Zipperlen as Canons and members of Dean and Chapter, together with the Revd Richard Davies as Honorary Canon. They bring a considerable breadth and depth of long experience that will contribute greatly to the life of the Cathedral and its wider family.’

The Revd Gareth Reid is no stranger to the Cathedral. After growing up and attending university in Aberystwyth, then working with the Salvation Army in Swansea prison, he pursued theological training. Following his ordination in 2010, his first role was as Assistant Curate in the Cathedral and the wider group of churches that then formed the Rectorial Benefice of Dewisland. In 2013 he moved with his wife Abby and daughters Sophie and Elizabeth to Llandysul. ‘It is wonderful to be able to accept the invitation to renew my link with the Cathedral, now as a Canon’ said Gareth.  

The Revd Julian Smith was ordained in 1993, and has spent all his ministry in the Diocese of St Davids, in the Archdeaconry of Cardigan. For twenty-seven of those years, he has served churches in and around Llanrhystud. He and his wife Deborah, a domiciliary care worker, have three children, Daniel an organist, Nick a tuba player and waiter, and Edith a singer and dancer on the high seas! Responding to his appointment, Julian said ‘I felt honoured to be asked by the Bishop to be a Canon of St Davids Cathedral, and am very much looking forward to this new adventure.’

Originally from Bexhill on the south coast of England, the Revd Marcus Zipperlen moved to Wales nineteen years ago to work at the Centre for Alternative Technology, running their Biology Department and teaching sustainable water treatment and sanitation, following a degree in Environmental Science. Ordained in 2013, he now lives in Llangwm with his wife Polly, a nurse, and their two teenage boys, Sonny and Malachy. In their spare time he and Polly row Celtic longboats from Neyland and run occasional distance events. Marcus looks after four mostly rural parishes south of Haverfordwest, and is also the Sustainability Officer for the Diocese. ‘I feel blessed to be able to be able to weave both my “callings” together: ministry to people and caring for the Earth’ he said, adding ‘I hope these may be of benefit to the Cathedral, as I serve as a member of Chapter.’

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Thousands enjoy RNLI Lifeboat Festival at Pembroke Castle



ON Father’s Day (Jun 16), more than 1,650 people descended on Pembroke Castle for a day of family fun at to mark 200 years of saving lives at sea for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The medieval venue played host to the RNLI’s Lifeboat Festival and opened its gates for the public to meet local lifesavers and have fun while learning how to stay safe in the water with the RNLI Water Safety team.

Revellers enjoyed live music from Goodwick Brass Band, Henry Tudor School (Ysgol Harri Tudur) who showcased highlights from their upcoming performance of Peter Pan, Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir, shanty band Cockles and Mussels, Tenby Male Voice Choir, folk rockers Razor Bill, and Calico Jack.

The RNLI has been saving lives at sea for more than 200 years, in which time its volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved 146,452 lives – this equates to an average of two lives saved every day for 200 years.

The charity was founded in a London tavern on 4 March 1824 following an appeal from Sir William Hillary, who lived on the Isle of Man and witnessed many shipwrecks, the RNLI has continued saving lives at sea throughout the tests of its history, including tragic disasters, funding challenges and two World Wars.

Two centuries have seen vast developments in the lifeboats and kit used by the charity’s lifesavers – from the early oar-powered vessels to today’s technology-packed boats, which are now built in-house by the charity; and from the rudimentary cork lifejackets of the 1850s to the full protective kit each crew member is now issued with.

The RNLI’s lifesaving reach and remit has also developed over the course of 200 years. Today, it operates 238 lifeboat stations, including four on the River Thames, and has seasonal lifeguards on over 240 lifeguarded beaches around the UK and Ireland. It designs and builds its own lifeboats and runs domestic and international water safety programmes.

While much has changed in 200 years, two things have remained the same – the charity’s dependence on volunteers, who give their time and commitment to save others, and the voluntary contributions from the public which have funded the service for the past two centuries.

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Renewed partnership safeguards access and conservation at Castlemartin



A NEW agreement has been made to provide continued funding for a Ranger Service on the Military Ranges of South Pembrokeshire.

Senior leaders and staff from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority met recently at the Castlemartin Range to renew their longstanding partnership, which ensures safe and sustainable access and recreational opportunities for the public, while safeguarding the area’s unique and rare wildlife which thrives alongside military training.

Those attending the meeting, which was hosted by Lt Col Richard Pope and Major John Poole, were able to experience this for themselves at Stack Rocks, where the colonies of razorbills and guillemots are gathering at the start of the breeding season.

Current Castlemartin Ranger, Lynne Houlston, explains: “This role is not only vital in ensuring that the area remains accessible to the public when military use allows, but also that the many rare and special plants, birds and animals of the Range are safeguarded.”

These include chough, marsh fritillary butterflies, grey seals, green winged orchids and spectacular colonies of seabirds, especially during the breeding season.

Part of Lynne’s role is to ensure that people can visit and use the Ranges for activities like climbing while ensuring that they do not disturb the nesting sites of these protected species.

Clare Pillman, Chief Executive of NRW said: “Working with our partners to ensure this role and partnership agreement continues is so important to us at Natural Resources Wales. The conservation of the many special species found at Castlemartin Range is vital to ensure their sustainability in the future. The Ranger role enables this to happen alongside allowing visitors to enjoy the beautiful landscape for recreational purposes, which has benefits for wellbeing and allows nature and people to thrive together.”

Chief Executive of the Park Authority, Tegryn Jones, said: “We are delighted to welcome the renewal of this important partnership. The Castlemartin Range offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Wales, and it’s vital that we ensure this can be enjoyed by visitors in a way that protects its special wildlife. The Ranger plays a crucial role in achieving this balance, and this renewed commitment will ensure that the Castlemartin Range can continue to be a place where people and nature thrive.”

DIO Principal Environmental Manager, Richard Brooks said: “DIO is delighted to be joining NRW and PCNPA in signing the next iteration of this important partnership. Lynne has been in post for 21 years and, supported by a Seasonal Ranger, has clearly demonstrated the key benefits of this joint funded Ranger Service. The role plays a key part in the successful integration of public access, wildlife management and monitoring and military training and activity”.

Several guided walks taking in the history, wildlife and archaeology of the Castlemartin Range are planned for the summer months. To find out more and book a place, visit

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