Gower Weather

Wales and the South West of England has a bit of a reputation for rain, but here on Gower we are lucky enough to benefit from a micro climate which means we have much better weather than the Swansea weather forecast would suggest. As a rule the further onto Gower you go the better the weather. This reputation for good weather was confirmed for me during a visit St. Fagans Museum of Welsh Life where I spoke to a guide in an original Gower longhouse. The guide told me that Gower has weather very similar to the Channel Islands which is why it is so successful as farm land and why our Gower new potatoes are so lovely. 

By coincidence I recently got talking to David Rogers who owns Kennexstone Farm near Llangenith and whose family have been farming on Gower since 1610. It was David who donated the long house to St Fagans. It is in fact the original Kennexstone farmhouse. David told me about his friend who is a veteran local weather man. He maintains that if you draw a line from Oxwich Bay to Penclawdd there is half the rainfall to the West of that line than to the East. 

The great British past time of discussing the weather is a feature of life around here. When I was chatting to local resident Alex Dixon, who flies his plane from Swansea airport. He told me that you can see the weather fronts crossing over Swansea whilst Gower is clear. The weather station in Mumbles records a lot less rainfall than the average for Swansea whose statistics include parts of the South Wales Valley. Unfortunately there is no weather station on Gower, but next time you are planning a day out don’t write off Gower when you see a bad weather forecast for Swansea, check out the LLangenith webcam http://www.gowerlive.co.uk/webcams/llangennith-webcam  and you will often find that it’s beach weather after all.

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