and mild until mid-month, then dry and progressively
Temperatures were predominantly in the mild to very mild
category up until the 19th. Then it gradually turned colder
though there were no really cold days and overall the
month ended up just a little colder than normal. There
was a run of very mild days from the 14th to the 19th
with 13.5°C being reached on the 15th.
The first drier than
normal month since June 2012. After a wet start, no rain
fell from the 15th until the end of the month. The
wettest day of the entire month was the 10th and that
received 15.0 mm. There were only 7 wet days.
moderately high amount of air frosts though none were
severe with -1.9°C being the harshest. No snow was seen
falling or lying at any point in the month. There were a
high amount of grass frosts due to a prevalence of calm,
starry nights especially from the 15th onwards.
amounts were just below the average. There was a very
sunny spell that lasted from the 14th to the 19th and
helped push the sunshine hours up after quite a cloudy
few days from the 9th to the 13th. The last 8 days of
the month were very cloudy and cool.
Soil temperatures only
slowly declined from the beginning of the month until
the 18th, then they fell fairly rapidly during a run of
colder days and nights. There was a slight recovery in
the 30 cm soil temperature at the end of the month,
though the 100 cm soil temperature continued to fall.
Overall this was a quiet month
wind-wise, especially after mid-month. There
were no high wind speeds and the maximum gust was only
29 mph on the 5th. This is actually quite low for a
maximum February gust. Winds were dominant
from the northerly, and north-westerly directions with a
brief easterly spell during the 3rd week.
The rainfall duration was
only 35 hours and reflects the lower than normal amount of rainfall
that actually fell during this month.
Sea surface temperatures
fell only slowly right through the entire month reaching
a low of 7.1°C on the 28th. Overall SSTs were average.
Mean pressure was a rather
above the average for February and indicative of the
settled conditions that dominated the second half of
A new sensor has been
added that measures solar irradiance in watts per square
metre falling on a horizontal surface.
Dewpoints were below
Relative humidity was
a little below normal.