3rd April 2019: Brrrrrr!

I have to go back to the 2nd February (7.2°C) too for a day colder than today. A maximum of only 9.2°C even with plenty of sunshine between the showers to ‘warm’ it up a little.

April days with the maximum temperature below 10°C are rare here but 2013 broke the mould with 6 days <10°C and the 1st & 4th had maximum temperatures of only 5.8°C & 5.3°C. That was an exceptional April in my recording history.

Brrrrr.

Summary for March 2019

Very windy and rather wet for the first half then dry and settled thereafter. Mild throughout. Warmer and a little wetter than normal with average sunshine. Warmest March since 2017 (9.9C); wettest since 2016 (97 mm); sunniest since 2016 (164 hours).

Mean Max: 13.5ºC
Mean Min: 5.4ºC
Mean: 9.5ºC

High Max: 18.5ºC 30th
Low Max: 10.1ºC 18th
High Min: 11.9ºC 15th
Low Min: -0.9ºC 26th
Grass Min: -2.8ºC 8th

Days >15°C 7 Days   
Days >10°C 31 Days   
Nights >10°C 2 Days   
Nights >5°C 16 Days   

Rain Total (gauge): 71.8 mm
Rain Days >0.2 mm: 12 Days   
Rain Days >1.0 mm: 9 Days   
Max 24 hrs: 15.8 mm 12th
Days without any rain: 19   

Air Frost: 3 Days   
Grass Frost: 7 Days   
Snow Falling: 0 Days   
Thunder Heard: 0 Days   
Hail <5 mm: 2 Days   
Hail >5 mm: 0 Days   
Fog @ 9am: 2 Days   

Total Monthly Sunshine: 141.9 Hours
Most Sunshine in a Day: 12.0 Hours 27th
Average Daily Sunshine: 4.6 Hours   
Sunless Days: 3 Days   
Cloudless Days: 4 Days   
Total Possible Sunshine: 368.6 Hours   
Percentage of Total Sun: 38%   
Average Sunny Interval: 16.5 mins

Ave 10 Min Wind >39 mph: 0.00 Days   
Calm: 5.68 Days 18%
Mean Wind: 5.2 mph   
Max Gust: 57 mph 3rd

Mean Pressure: 1017.1 hPa   
Max Pressure: 1037.8 hPa 28th
Min Pressure: 983.3 hPa 6th

Max Dewpoint: 11.3ºC 3rd
Min Dewpoint: -2.0ºC 26th
Mean Dewpoint: 6.3ºC   

Max Humidity: 98% 2nd
Min Humidity: 43% 26th
Mean Humidity: 81%

26th March – Exceptionally sunny

Our first day of unbroken sunshine from dawn until dimpsey, this month.

Excellent visibility with crystal clear deep blue skies all day that made for 11.96 hours of sunshine recorded. That is an exceptionally high 95% of the total possible and not likely to be beaten as hills to the east prevent the total getting any higher.

A maximum of 16.9°C also made it the warmest day so far this year beating 16.3°C on the 27th February.

Despite today’s sunshine, this month may well end up with below average sunshine due to the very cloudy first half of the month. The average for March for the last 13 years has been 141 hours. The total to date stands at 92.7 hours.

1st half of March 2019 – Windy, wet and not very sunny

No sun here today making it the first sunless day since the 16th February.

Breezy but with a maximum gust of only 31 mph, a much ‘calmer’ day than recently, and dry too.

Wind run (1st – 15th) at 2691 miles, some Marches record less than that for the entire month. Looking at the forecast for something settled next week, I suspect this month will not end up record-breakingly windy. That record goes to March 2008 with 4601 miles.

Nearly half-way though the month and it has been milder, wetter but much cloudier than average:

Mean maximum = 12.5°C
Mean minimum = 6.3°C
Mean = 9.4°C
Rain = 59 mm
Sunshine = 47 hours.

Cold Front – 12th March 2019

Windy then it poured down (top rate around 60 mm/hr) and the temperature dropped away as the wind veered from SSW to NW.

Time Temp mph   

10:00 10.5C 20 SSW
10:05 10.4C 10 WNW
10:10 10.2C 12 NW
10:15 8.7C  10 NW
10:20 7.6C  8  NW
10:25 7.1C  9  WNW
10:30 6.7C  9  NW
10:35 6.4C  9  NW
10:40 6.2C  9  NW
10:45 6.1C  11 NW
10:50 5.9C  15 NW
10:55 5.6C  10 NW

Temperature went down to 4.7C by 11:40 and it did feel raw for the time of day. Then the sun came out and things warmed up a little, though only to a maximum of 8.3C. First sub-10C afternoon maximum by quite a margin this month.

Summary of Winter 2018/19

Warmer and a little drier than normal with slightly below average sunshine.

Mean Max: 10.8ºC
Mean Min: 4.0ºC
Mean: 7.4ºC

High Max: 16.3ºC 27th Feb
Low Max: 3.2ºC 1st Feb
High Min: 13.1ºC 2nd Dec
Low Min: -5.2ºC 3rd Feb
Grass Min: -8.3ºC 3rd Feb

Days >15°C 3 Days
Days >10°C 62 Days
Days >5°C 88 Days
Nights <-5°C 1 Day

Rain Total: 210.1 mm
Rain Days >0.2 mm: 40 Days
Rain Days >1.0 mm: 33 Days
Max 24 hrs: 22.0 mm 15th Dec
Days without any rain: 50

Air Frost: 21 Days
Grass Frost: 44 Days
Snow Falling: 3 Days
Snow (50%) @ 9am: 1 Day
Thunder Heard: 1 Day
Hail <5 mm: 2 Days
Hail >5 mm: 0 Days
Fog @ 9am: 1 Day

Total Annual Sunshine: 249.9 Hours
Most Sunshine in a Day: 10.2 Hours 27th Feb
Average Daily Sunshine: 2.8 Hours
Sunless Days: 22 Days
Cloudless Days: 12 Days
Total Possible Sunshine: 795 Hours
Percentage of Total Sun: 31%

Summary of February 2019

Whilst this February may have broke a few warmth records Up Country, nothing that extreme here. Warmer, sunnier and drier than normal. Cold for the first three days then mild throughout. Notably dry air on the 25th with RH of 35%. Unusually severe air and ground frost (for here) on the 3rd (-5.2C/-8.3C).

Warmest February since 2011 (8.0C) though many have come very close; sunniest since 2018 (136 hours); driest since 2018 (39 mm).

Mean Max: 12.0ºC
Mean Min: 3.5ºC
Mean: 7.8ºC

High Max: 16.3ºC 27th
Low Max: 3.2ºC 1st
High Min: 8.8ºC 17th
Low Min: -5.2ºC 3rd
Grass Min: -8.3ºC 3rd

Days >10°C 25 Days
Days >5°C 27 Days
Nights >5°C 12 Days
Nights >0°C 21 Days

Rain Total: 48.6 mm
Rain Days >0.2 mm: 11 Days
Rain Days >1.0 mm: 10 Days
Max 24 hrs: 9.6 mm 10th
Days without any rain: 20

Air Frost: 7 Days
Grass Frost: 16 Days
Snow Falling: 1 Day 1st
Snow (50%) @ 9am: 1 Day 1st
Thunder Heard: 0 Days
Hail <5 mm: 0 Days
Hail >5 mm: 0 Days
Fog @ 9am: 0 Days

Total Monthly Sunshine: 131.2 Hours
Most Sunshine in a Day: 10.2 Hours 27th
Average Daily Sunshine: 4.2 Hours
Sunless Days: 4 Days
Cloudless Days: 5 Days
Total Possible Sunshine: 313.2 Hours
Percentage of Total Sun: 42%
Average Sunny Interval: 22.1 mins

Ave 10 Min Wind >39 mph: 0.00 Days
Calm: 4.18 Days 23%
Mean Wind: 4.4 mph
Max Gust: 55 mph 7th

Mean Pressure: 1019.1 hPa
Max Pressure: 1035.8 hPa 25th
Min Pressure: 981.0 hPa 1st

Max Dewpoint: 11.7ºC 27th
Min Dewpoint: -6.3ºC 3rd
Mean Dewpoint: 4.8ºC

Max Humidity: 99% 5th
Min Humidity: 35% 25th
Mean Humidity: 78%

First ‘Spring’ Day of February

There was a touch of spring in the air today here too. The extra intensity of the light is now really noticeable after the ‘weak’ sun of winter. The sun is getting to 26° elevation today and it has some kick in it. Blackbirds and thrushes are singing their little hearts out, grass is growing strongly again and it has taken on that deeper spring green.

Still, we might get a BFTE like last year and scupper it for a week or two.

Max = 12.1C
Sun = 6.0 hours.

Monthly sunshine now at 41 hours which is around average for this date in February. My average for the last 14 years is 92 hours.

C-c-c-c-cold Night

It didn’t look like it was going to be that cold last night but in the end the wind died away and the temperature dropped to -5.2°C making it the coldest night since the 4th February 2012 and only the 2nd sub -5°C temperature I have recorded since the 26th December 2010.

And last night’s temperature was not over snow (none here).

Still, the compensation was unbroken sunshine yesterday and with the sun reaching over 23°, it has a lot more oooomphh in it than just a week ago.

Counted 30 stars in the ‘rectangle’ of Orion last night.

https://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-do/countryside/dark-skies/star-count-2019

Winter’s over  :o)

First snow flakes of the Winter

Awoke to a few snowflakes falling this morning though it wasn’t a true snowfall, more like a wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow but it soon completely turned to rain then cleared away by mid-morning to a sunny day.

First snowflakes seen since the ‘Beast from the East’ of last March.

Max temps
23rd 7.9C
24th 8.7C
25th 11.7C
26th 11.2C
27th 8.7C
28th 9.4C
29th 6.3C
30th 6.8C

This month’s mean temperature is running slightly below my eLTA and with 33 mm so far, it will end up drier than normal. Sunshine at 66 hours, so it will be below average by the close of tomorrow.