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Having just experienced the driest summer on record September set a new high record for rainfall of 119.8mm (average 76mm). The average temperature was a little below the normal of 11.7oC at 11.4oC and the average windspeed was higher at 16.8mph cf 14.8mph. The predominant direction was WSW and there was only one day when the wind was from the SSE, so not good for birding! Gusts over 40mph were recorded on 13 days and of those two were over 50mph and one at 60mph.
Another warmer than average month 13.5oC v 12.9oC which resulted in the warmest summer in the last 10 years 13.4 oC v 12.2oC. The highest temperature was 21.4oC on the second. It was also quite dry with rainfall of 43.3mm compared to an August average of 65.4mm. Summer rainfall was also the lowest on record at 84.2mm against an average of 151.1mm. Windspeeds were slightly lower than normal at 12mph v 12.5mph. The predominant direction was WSW. The highest gust was 45mph on the 18th and there was only one other day with gusts above 40mph.
It was a very warm month. It was also quite dry and windspeeds were below average despite some very windy weather towards the end of the month.
The average temperature was 14.8oC which is nearly two degrees above the ten year average; the highest temperature recorded was 21.4oC. Rainfall was low over the same time period with a total of only 28mm (average 42mm). The average windspeed was 11.2mph which is below average ( 11.8mph). There was a gale briefly on the 29th with the highest recorded gusts being 51mph. Gusts above 40mph were recorded on three other days. The predominant direction was SSE.
June was a warm and very dry month with slightly above average windspeeds, largely due to two very windy days.
The average temperature was 11.9oC which is one degree above the ten year average; the highest temperature recorded was 19.8oC. Rainfall was a record low over the same time period with a total of only 12.9mm (average 43mm). The average windspeed was 12.4mph which is only slightly above average ( 11.9mph). There was a gale on two days with the highest recorded gusts being 57mph and 52mph respectively. Gusts above 40mph were recorded on three other days. Although the month started with winds predominantly from the North, overall the predominant direction was WSW.
It was a warm month, average temperature 10oC. This was the warmest May in at least 10years and 1.2oC above normal. On the 5th of May the temperature reached 19.1oC. The very settled weather towards the end of the month ment that average windspeeds were 13.3mph, marginally below normal. The highest gust was 49mph on the 11th but there were no other days when the windspeed exceeded 40mph. The dominant direction was SSE. It was also a dry month with rainfall of 36.6mm which is 7mm below normal and most of this fell on just two days.
April was a pretty average month.
The month started very cold and there was only one day that the average temperature made it to double figures. Average temperature was 6.5oC which is the ten year average for April. Similarly rainfall at 45mm was almost spot on the ten year average. Wind speeds of 14.5mph were just below average for April. Gusts above 40mph were recorded on 5 days and one of these reached 55mph. The dominant direction was SE.
Another cold month with higher than average windspeeds and rainfall about normal. Rainfall at 58.4mm was just above average (56.7mm). The month was quite dry until a 24hr period from 27th to 28th when 25mm fell from a slow moving band of rain. The average temperature of 3.7oC was well below normal (5.4oC) and was 2.5oC cooler than last March. A low of -2.8oC was recorded on the 1st. Average windspeeds at 19.6mph were higher than normal for March (16.7mph). There was an ESE gale on the 14th and 15th, gusts over 50mph were recorded on 4 days and over 40mph on 9 days. The dominant direction was Easterly.
A cold and dry month with about average windspeeds. Rainfall at 35mm was well below the February average of 54mm. The average temperature of 3.5oC was below average (4.4oC) and two degees cooler than last February (5.5oC). The lowest recorded temperature was -3.8oC on the 28th and this day had the lowest daily average of -2.4oC. These were the lowest values since 2010. Average windspeeds at 18.7mph were close to normal. There was a good gale on the 14th (gust to 67mph) and three other days when windspeeds exceeded 50mph. On 8 days the highest gusts exceeded 40mph (but below 50mph). The dominant direction was SSE. It ws the coldest winter since 2010 and 2011 (Dec, Jan, Feb) but rainfall was normal.
A cold and wet month with nearly a week of lying snow but some calm days to enjoy too. Average windspeed at 18.8mph (norm 19.9) was mainly the result of seven calm days when the average windspeed was below 10mph, otherwise it was quite breezy. Gusts above 40mph were recorded on 19 days, the highest being 69mph on the 27th. Of these gusty days windspeeds above 50mph were recorded on 10 days and above 60mph on 3 days. The predominant wind direction was SW. Storm Georgina (max 60mph) on the 24th had little impact here, more notable was the gale on the 27th which was stronger and blew for longer.
Overall 2017 was wetter, windier and warmer than normal. Indeed 2017 set a new rainfall record of 930mm compared to an average of 790mm. An average windspeed of 16.9mph compares with a norm of 15.6mph and average temperature was 8.7oC compared to 8.3oC. Over ten years there is no discernible trend in any of the data. Weather is variable!
A fairly average December for temperature and rainfall but less windy than usual despite storm Caroline on the 7th.
Average windspeed was 16.9mph compared to a norm of 18.4mph. Gusts above 40mph were recorded on 12 days, the highest being 75mph on the 7th. Once again the predominant wind direction was NW. The average temperature was 5.1oC which was only slightly above normal ( 4.9oC) but a good bit cooler than last year (7.1oC). There were a number of frosty days and some snow and sleet showers. Rainfall was about average for December (91mm v 93.3mm).
A cold, very wet and windy month! Average windspeed was 19.7mph which is well above the normal for November (17.2mph) and is thesecond highest figure recorded in 10 years. There were no quiet days at all and gusts above 40mph were recorded on 22 days and on three days gusts exceeded 50mph . The highest gust was 54mph and the predominant direction was North Westerly. The average temperature at 5.6oC was much cooler than normal ( 6.8oC) and was the second lowest on record. It was also a very wet month and a new record for November of 144.8mm was recorded compared to a ten year average of 92.6mm. Some of this precipitation was of sleet and hail.
A wet and windy month but still quite mild. Average windspeed was 18.6mph which is above the normal for October (17.3mph). There was only one day when the average windspeed was less than 10mph and gusts above 40mph were recorded on 19 days. The highest gust was 52mph and the predominant direction was South Westerly. The average temperature was 10.2oC (norm 9.4oC) but it was wet (111.4mm) compared to a ten year average of 89.4mm. The first half of the month was particularly wet.