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.

Another Cloudy Winter Month

December was my dullest recorded with 51.7 hours, and was the 2nd dullest of any month.

This month is continuing in a similar manner though not quite as bad with the total now at 55 hours.

My average January sunshine over the last 13 years has been 81 hours.

I cannot even say ‘at least it’s been mild’ as the mean monthly temperature is slightly below my eLTA.

Dry January

Not the absence of homebrew but the absence of rain…..

Now on our 16th consecutively dry day here. No rain since some drizzle on Xmas Day (all 1.4 mm of it).

And as the DPs have been low, everything has dried up nicely after the December deluges.

Long dry spells are not unusual and 16 days doesn’t even come near any record. My longest consecutive winter dry spell was from December the 13th until the 11th January 2009, a total of 29 days.

Looking at the forecast, this dry spell could continue until the middle of next week or longer

In the Doldrums

Grey, overcast, calm, cold, dry.

Clear, starry skies last night allowed the temperature to fall below freezing before cloud rolled in at dawn this morning and made for a sunless day.

With not a breath of wind to break up the inversion boundary, and no sunshine to warm things up the temperature did not rise above 3.6C here today. Leaving the Otter Valley behind I saw 7C above the IB; tropical.

Very unusual to have a highest maximum so low, and this was the coldest since 0.7C on the 18th March (The Beast from the East). A year or two can go by without the day maximum being so low.

Air pressure reached 1043.2 hPa yesterday, getting near to my record and the highest since 1043.9 hPa on the 27th December 2016.

Still, the air feels crisp and with low humidity, everything has dried up nicely after all that December rain and damp.

Dull December 2018

The brightness of this morning soon disappeared as the cloud filled in the blue gaps of sunshine.

This December will go down as my dullest ever with just 51.6 hours of sunshine to date. My December average over the last 12 years has been 82 hours.

The persistent dry weather since the 24th isn’t going to stop this month from being rather wet

At least it’s been mild……

A few likely 2018 stats….
Mean temp: 12.0C; warmest since 2014 (12.1C)
Sunshine: 1938 hours; sunniest since 2014 (1960 hours)
Rainfall: 854 mm; wettest since 2014 (1014 mm)

Summary for Autumn 2018

Average temperature, rainfall and sunshine belies a season of contrasts and extremes.

Mean Max: 16.4ºC
Mean Min: 7.7ºC
Mean: 12.1ºC

High Max: 25.9ºC 3 Sep
Low Max: 7.8ºC 20 Nov
High Min: 17.1ºC 13 Oct
Low Min: -4.3ºC 30 Oct
Grass Min: -6.1ºC 30 Oct

Days >25°C 1 Day
Days >20°C 23 Days
Days >15°C 51 Days
Days <10°C 7 Days

Rain Total (gauge): 253.6 mm
Rain Days >0.2 mm: 30 Days
Rain Days >1.0 mm: 26 Days
Max 24 hrs: 25.6 mm 22 Sep
Days without any rain: 60

Air Frost: 6 Days
Grass Frost: 12 Days
Snow Falling: 0 Days
Thunder Heard: 3 Days
Hail <5 mm: 4 Days
Hail >5 mm: 2 Days
Fog @ 9am: 1 Day

Total Autumn Sunshine: 411.8 Hours
Most Sunshine in a Day: 11.3 Hours 26 Sep
Average Daily Sunshine: 4.5 Hours
Sunless Days: 11 Days
Cloudless Days: 13 Days
Total Possible Sunshine: 980 Hours
Percentage of Total Sun: 42%

Summary for November 2018

A little warmer than average but very wet and rather cloudy. Warmest November since 2015 (mean = 11.2C); wettest since 2012 (187 mm); dullest since 2015 (49 hours).

Mean Max: 12.5ºC
Mean Min: 6.9ºC
Mean: 9.7ºC

High Max: 14.7ºC 5th
Low Max: 7.8ºC 20th
High Min: 12.6ºC 16th
Low Min: -2.3ºC 2nd
Grass Min: -4.4ºC 2nd

Days >10°C 24 Days
Days >5°C 30 Days
Nights >10°C 10 Days
Nights <5°C 9 Days

Rain Total (gauge): 150.9 mm
Rain Days >0.2 mm: 15 Days
Rain Days >1.0 mm: 14 Days
Max 24 hrs: 21.4 mm 27th
Days without any rain: 14
Air Frost: 3 Days
Grass Frost: 6 Days
Snow Falling: 0 Days
Thunder Heard: 3 Days
Hail <5 mm: 3 Days
Hail >5 mm: 2 Days
Fog @ 9am: 0 Days

Total Monthly Sunshine: 72.9 Hours
Most Sunshine in a Day: 9.0 Hours 2nd
Average Daily Sunshine: 2.4 Hours
Sunless Days: 7 Days
Cloudless Days: 2 Days
Total Possible Sunshine: 269.6 Hours
Percentage of Total Sun: 27%
Average Sunny Interval: 15.3 mins

Ave 10 Min Wind >39 mph: 0.00 Days
Calm: 4.07 Days 16%
Mean Wind: 5.4 mph
Max Gust: 74 mph 29th

Mean Cloud Cover: 67%
Mean RH @ 9am: 92%
Frost Duration: 18.7 Hours
Air Frost in a Day: 9.0 Hours 2nd

Mean Pressure: 1009.6 hPa
Max Pressure: 1027.5 hPa 2nd
Min Pressure: 986.9 hPa 7th

Max Dewpoint: 13.4ºC 6th
Min Dewpoint: -3.2ºC 2nd
Mean Dewpoint: 7.3ºC

Max Humidity: 100% several days
Min Humidity: 51% 1st
Mean Humidity: 87%

A rather cloudy November

Makes a change to see some sunshine today though yesterday was a lovely day too.

Sunshine has been a bit on the low side this month. Only up to 66 hours (1st – 26th) and this November will probably end up one of the duller of any months I’ve recorded since 2006. And to think, the last two Novembers had 126 & 128 hours.

Mean monthly temperature at 9.8C, so nearly a degree above normal. Rainfall coming up to 100 mm and with more forecast, this month is going to be a really wet one.