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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.
A very windy month with an average windspeed of 17.3mph which is well above the norm for September (14.6mph) and there were gusts above 40mph on 9 days. The predominant direction was South Easterly though there was also about ten days of North Westerlies. With all that wind it was also wetter than normal (81.6mm v 71.6mm) though not exceptionally so. Temperatures were slightly above average at 12oC v a norm of 11.7oC for the month.
A fairly average August. Rainfall at 61.2mm was about 10% less than normal (67.6mm); the average temperature 13.2oC was similar to the past two years and slightly above normal (12.9oC). A high of 20.2oC was recorded on the 28th. Windspeeds were higher (13.3mph) compared to a norm of 12.6mph, the highest gust being 42mph. Gusts over 40mph were recorded on 4 days and the dominant wind direction was NW.