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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Weather log May 2017

Weather log May 2017


Pleasant weather predominated during the first week, mostly dry and bright and fairly warm (especially WW with east winds)


Tue 2nd Local grass frost (Pembrey 0.0c, Llanwnnen 1.3c, Shawbury 3.1c) Ceredigion best of warm sunshine (Llanwnnen 20.1c, Trawsgoed 18.3c, Pershore 18.1c, Aberdaron 13.7c)

Thu 4th Porthmadog max 19.5c warmest in UK (Llanwnnen 18.9c, Hereford 17.0c)

Sun 7th mild to warm with sunny spells (Pershore 21.3c, Aberporth 13.7c)

Very dry spell continues, plenty of sunshine WW and Marches where rather warm at times but frosty nights, cooler and cloudier much of Midlands:

Mon 8th Ground frost rural areas with very l,ocalised air frost (Shawbury -0.7c, Llanwnnen air min 0.4c, ). Sunny and rather warm WW and Marches, cloudier much of Midlands and cool (Llanwnnen 18.3c, Shobdon 15.4c, Nottingham 11.3c, Aberdaron 14.6 hrs, Nottinmgham 0.2 hrs)

Tue 9th widespread ground frost, local air frost inland WW and Marched (Llanwnnen -1.3c, Shawbury 0.6c). Sunny day again WW and Marches, virtually unbroken WW, cloudier much of Midlands, cool to average (Llanwnnen 16.2c, Porthmaodog 16.0c, Aberdaron 11.6c, Church Lawford 11.3c, Aberdaron 14.3 hrs, Llanwnnen 14 hrs)

Wed 10th widespread frost (Tirabad -2.5c, Shobdon -1.4c, Llanwnnen -1.2c). Sunny weather for all, temps quite varied, rather cool to rather warm (Llanwnnen 19.1c, Milford Haven 16.0c, Shawbury 18.5c, Aberporth 12.6c)

Thu 11th another widespread grass frost, local air frost (Llanwnnen 0.0c, Shobdon 0.4c, Mumbles 10.6c min). Generally quite warm, thundery showers in places later including Llanwnnen where a welcome 9mm fell ending the dry spell (Porthmadog 22.9c, Coton-in-the-Elms 21.9c, Aberporth 14.5c, Shobdon 10.2mm)

Unsettled from mid month ending the prolonged mostly dry spell since April:

Wed 17th wet day Midlands, widely around an inch (Church Lawford 24.2mm)

Thu 18th local grass frost, at Coventry this was the latest since 29th June 2011. Localised downpours, 10.8mm fell between 1430 and 1830 at Llanwnnen, places a few miles north having nothing as Talsarn, thunder in a very few places such as Marches (Winterbourne, Bham 11.0mm most in two hours)

Fri 19th Grass frost more localised still. Scattered thundery showers with hail, giving over an inch locally in just an hour or two, Cardigan Bay largely sunny (Aberporth sunniest in UK 13.9 hrs cf est 8.5 hrs Llanwnnen)

Warm weather towards month end:

Mon 22nd warm sunny spells (Pershore 23.8c, Llanwnnen 20.2c, Aberdaron 15.1c)

Wed 24th best of tthe sun Midlands where very warm, many coasts of Wales mist or low cloud and much cooler (Pershore warmest in UK 26.6c, Llanwnnen 23.1c, Aberporth 15.5c, Aberdaron 13.2c; Hereford 13.7 hrs, Llanwnnen 9 hrs, Aberporth 1.1 hrs, Aberdaron & Valley 0 hrs )

Thu 25th very warm or hot and sunny. Llanwnnen max 28.0c, second highest reading in May (28.1c 25/5/2012). Other maxima Pershore 27.0c, c. Gogerddan 27c, Trawsgoed 26.4c, Aberporth 25.3c, Milford Haven 21.5c; sunshine Aberdaron 14.8 hrs 

Fri 26th warm night WW (Mumbles 17.2c, Shobdon 9.5c). Hot for many..Porthmadog one of hottest in UK 28.9c, Llanwnnen 28.2c, Gogerddan c. 28c, Aberporth 26.8c, Mumbles 22.4c; Pershore 27.9c, CL 25.4c. Virtually unbroken sunshine too (Llanwnnen est 15.5 hrs, Valley 15.3 hrs, Shobdon 15.2 hrs)


Sat 27th thunderstorms affected WW early in the day with spectacular lightning, as here at Llanwnnen from 0400- 0530 also torrential downpours in places (Trawsgoed 15.6mm most of which in one hour) with flooding in Tregaron. A warm humid night, min 14.9c was the warmest May night on record here SRB 2006 (14.0c 04/05/08) Other minima Mumbles & Valley 16.3c, Pershore 15.2c, Nottingham 12.6c) Isloated storm for the Midlands as well during the day



Nature notes

Oak leaf burst late April/ early May

1st Mynydd Pencarreg area 2 Cuckoo and a few Grasshopper Warbler

2nd Lampeter heard a House Martin (still not seen one), many Swallow

4th Swift heard to scream above church

5th 4 Swift above village with screaming!

Quite a few House Martin by 10th

10th Tregaron Bog 3 Cuckoo heard, heard Grashopper Warblers, Garden Warbler, saw a Sedge Warbler, many WW and Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher

10th driving back screaming Swift parties at Tregaron, Llanddewi Brefi, Cellan and Lampeter

Ash leaf burst mid- late May

Bluebells died off in garden mid May but still going strong more shady lanes and woodland.

19th first Foxgloves about to flower

Plenty of Foxglove out month end, many Ash in full leaf month end

31st 2 Cuckoo(one seen being chased by Pipit (?) below Pencarreg

May summary

Warm; rainfall variable from dry to quite wet; sunshine average to quite sunny

Turned out warm thanks to warm to hot weather late in the month with 29c recorded in North Wales.

Rainfall totals:


Valley 32.8mm (68%)
Capel Curig 148.8mm (112%)
Aberporth 33.2mm (61%)
Llanwnnen 66.2mm (86%)
Milford Haven 47.4mm

Nottingham 64.4mm
Shawbury 26.4mm (49%)
Coventry 49.6mm (89%)
Long Lawford 61.1mm (105%)
Church Lawford 57.0mm (99%)

Sunshine:

Valley 250 hrs (123%)
Aberdaron 252.7 hrs
Aberporth 224.3 hrs (108%)
Llanwnnen 187 hrs (102%)

Nottingham 186.2 hrs
Shawbury 198.6 hrs (121%)
Coventry 194.6 hrs (102%)

Spring 2017

Warm; rather dry to average rainfall

Rainfall totals:

Llanwnnen 241.4mm (102%)

Coventry 132.8mm (85%)
Long Lawford 140.0mm (96%)
Church Lawford 133.0mm


Sunshine:

Llanwnnen 405 hrs (95%)
Coventry 500.5 hrs (110%)



Friday, 5 May 2017

Weather log April 2017

April weather log

Mainly dry start to the month:

Fri 7th frost in places, Llanwnnen coldest in UK min -3.4c (Trawsgoed -1.8c, Pershore +1.3c, Valley 8.1c). Rather warm sunny periods for many

Sat 8th widespread frost (Llanwnnen -3.2c, Tirabad -1.9c, Shawbury -0.4c) then a very warm early April day and virtually unbroken sun (Llanwnnen 21.1c, Trawsgoed 20.7c, Pershore 19.7c, Aberdaron 14.9c, Shawbury, Llanwnnen & Valley 12.5 hrs sun). Greatest diurnal range of 24.3c recorded at Llanwnnen (srb 2006)

Sun 9th clouded over and cooled down WW, very warm mostly sunny Midlands (Church Lawford 22.9c, Trawsgoed 17.6c, Aberdaron 11.5c)

Plenty of dry weather still mid month with temps nearer average.

Quite dry even to end the month although some rain or showers; cool spell towards month end with sharp frosts in countryside.

Wintry showers and frosts 25th to 27th, snow showers falling to low ground locally, e.g. reports from B'ham, south Coventry

26th Maxima Capel Curig 6.8c, Shobdon 10.9c, Pembrey 11.2c, minima Tirabad 4.8c (coldest UK) Llanwnnen -4.1c, Trawgoed -3.0c

27th minima Tirabad -5.6c (coldest UK), Llanwnnen -4.8c, Pershore -3.6c

April summary

Very dry with near or slightly above average temperatures


Rainfall totals:

Capel Curig 62.0mm (41%)
Valley 16.6mm (30%)
Trawsgoed 29.6mm (41%)
Llanwnnen 21.3mm (28%)
Aberpoth 18.0mm (34%)
Pembrey Sands 19.6mm (29%)

Shawbury 20.8mm (43%)
Coleshill 23.8mm (47%)
Coventry, Bablake School 26.8mm (51%)
Long Lawford 24.4mm (54%)
Church Lawford 21.4mm (42%)
Hereford 11.6mm (22%)
Pershore 10.2mm (21%)

Sunshine

Valley 117.9 hrs (73%)
Llanwnnen 137 hrs (91%)
Coventry 175.8 hrs (116%)
Shawbury 159.5 hrs (121%)

Nature notes

6th first Willow Warlber cycling Maesycrugiau

11th first pair of Swallow flew over garden

Towards mid month: Plenty of Chiffchaff, few Willow Warbler, plentiful Stitchworth, quite a few Bluebell, Daffs and Celandine largely over

c 16th first possible House Martins not sure - above church
c 17th first Sand Martins heard above garden

Mid to late month plentiful Swallow, Willow Warbler, Blackap, Bluebell, Stitchwort.
Red Campion. Many trees coming into leaf such as Oak, Birch, some Horse Chestnut in full leaf 20th

First Whitethroats heard in Coventry area during past week

Up to 40 Swallow over Wyken Slough late month, possib;e House Martin heard but not identified, no definites all month








Saturday, 1 April 2017

March 2017 weather log

Unsettled start to March became very mild and drier:

Tue 14th very mild excepting some foggy coasts (as Aberystwyth all day). Highs Pershore 16.2c, (Llanwnnen 13.6c, Mumbles 10.1c)

Wed 15th rather warm sunny (Hereford 17.6c, Trawsgoed 16.5c) however still rather cool and misty along some coasts (Milford Haven max 9.3c)

Fri 17th - Sat 18th heavy orographic rainfall Wales, over 100mm locally between Llanddewi Brefi and Strata Florida suggested by radar 24 hours to 1230 (Llanwnnen 20mm)

Sat 18th Pershore max 16.1c mildest in UK, widely above 15c Midlands

Tue 21st start of Spring colder with wintry showers in places, snow for some hills of Wales, lying snow above 400-500m. Max 8.2c during morning sunshine here at Llanwnnen, cloud and showers pm with a little sleet, below 5c after 1300 (Pershore 10.7c, Mumbles 9.2c, Capel Curig 6.6c)

Wed 22nd snow cover visible on distant high ground of Plynlimon and Cader Idris, wettest day of month to date parts of Midlands, as 12.7mm Long Lawford (Hereford 23.2mm)

Thu 23rd rare widespread frost for this month to date (Llanwnnen -4.2c, Trawsgoed -3.2c, Shobdon -2.3c)

Some rather warm and sunny late March weather:

Fri 24th Porthmadog warmest in UK max 16.0c (Llanwnnen 14.1c, Newport, Salop 14.0c). Sunny spells, parts of WW near unbroken sun (Valley 11.1 hrs, Aberporth 11.0, Llanwnnen 10.5hrs)

Sat 25th Porthmadog again one of warmest in UK at 19c (Llanwnnen 17.5c, Milford Haven 17.2c, Aberporth 12.2c, Shawbury 14.9c). Notably low RH today, Llanwnnen WS record low (srb 2013) 30% with almost unbroken sunshine in all areas (widely above 10 hrs)

Mon 27th warm sunny WW, much of Midlands cloudy, misty and cool (Capel Curig 16.9c, Tirabad 8.5c, Nottingham 11.1c, Shobdon 9.1c)

Wet end to the month especially for Wales:

Wed 29th Whitchurch 30.4mm wettest in UK

Thu 30th Capel Curig 46.0mm wettest in UK. Many areas exceptionally mild March night, here at Llanwnnen low of 10.9c mildest in my 12 year record beating 9.5c in 2010. Coventry min 11.8c mildest March night since 1956 (12.0c). Contrasts, rain at times WW where  mild, locally warm Midlands sunny periods and very warm for late March, some places such as Coventry it was the warmest March day since 2012 (Coventry 19.9c, Coleshill 19.4c, Trawsgoed 17.0c, Aberdaron 10.5c)


Nature notes:

Early month: Blackthorn bloom Monmouth then parts of Midlands. Willow leaf burst too locally.

15th rare lovely sunny day for thus far into March, first Chiffchaff singing Maesycrugiau also firdt Peacock butterfly same area

Late March: plentiful stichwort flowers last week, Daffs starting wither. First Bluebell front of house under insulation cladding, quite a few in back garden month end. Horse Chestnut and other tree spp leaf burst, Hawthorn coming into leaf locally.


March summary: very mild and rather wet

Everywhere very mild, parts of Midlands over 2c above average. For many the mildest March since 2012.
Generally wet a few places nearer average. Llanwnnen having 153.9mm the wettest March since 2008 (167.9mm).
Sunshine rather dull to quite sunny. A 4 day sunny spell late month redeemed an otherwise dull month at Llanwnnen where the total ended up closer to average.


Rain totals

Valley 76.0mm (121%)
Llanwnnen 153.9mm (186%)
Aberporth 108.4mm (174%)
Pembrey Sands 115.4mm (147%)
Llanelli PWS 88.6mm

Shawbury 52.0mm (112%)
Coventry, Bablake School 56.4mm (119%)
Long Lawford 54.5mm (126%)
Church Lawford 54.6mm (122%)
Dunchurch PWS 42.2mm
Daventry PWS 43.9mm

Sunshine:

Valley 109.6 hrs (96%)
Llanwnnen 82 hours (88%)
Aberporth 96.2 hrs (82%)


Shawbury 121.1 hrs (126%)
Coventry, Bablake School 131.4mm (114%)

Friday, 3 March 2017

February 2017 weather log

Pertinent daily weather notes:

Mild/ very mild start to February:

Thu 2nd, Aberystwyth area warmest in UK (Gogerddan 14.0c, Trawsgoed 13.9c, Mona 13.1c, Pershore College 12.7c), Whitechurch, near Cardigan wettest in UK 24.6mm

Fri 3rd rain turned to wet snow for a short time later in the day over parts of Wales as colder air arrived. A wet day for much of Wales (Scolton Country Park, Pembs 33.8mm wettest in UK)

Sat 4th thin covering of snow on some nearby higher ground, snowline varying from above 250 - 350m

Wed 8th sunny periods with average to mild temps WW, mostly cloudy rather cold Midlands (Milford Haven 11.1c mildest in UK, Church Lawford & Nottingham max 3.8c)

Thu 9th short cold spell underway (max Portmadog 5.3c, Capel Curig 1.3c, Tirabad -0.1c, Shawbury 2.6c, Market Bosworth 1.5c)

Fri 10th rather cold to cold with wintry flurries in places (Porthmadog 6.1c, Pembrey 5.1c, Northampton 2.1c, Coleshill 2.5c)

Sat 11th light snowfalls in places, slight accumulation in places especially above 200m, cold to rather cold again (Gogerddan 6.0c, Northampton 2.0c)

Sun 12th last cold day with a little sleet or snow in places, max generally 2 to 5c

Mon 13th much milder (Pembrey Sands 12.6c, Pershore 11.0c). Fairly sunny most of Midlands (Wellesbourne 8.1 hrs); strong and damaging winds locally WW

Wed 15th mild with rain in places, heavy late afternoon rain  parts of Midlands, 11.6mm Long Lawford total for the day, much of this within two hours and amongst the highest totals of the day (Trawsgoed max 12.9c, Church Lawford 11.2mm rain)

Mild spell continued...

Sat 19th mild to very mild, central Midlands closer to average (Trawsgoed 13.4c, Llanwnnen 10.6c, Hereford 12.5c, Market Bosworth 8.0c)

Mon 20th very mild, minima Hereford 10.6c, Aberpoth & Trawsgoed 9.5c. Maxima Capel Curig 16.0c, Pershore 15.5c. Llanwnnen max 14.3c mildest February day since 23/2/2012 (14.4c)

Both Tue 21st and Wed 22nd very mild, max widely 10 to 13c, min 8 to 10c. Hereford max 14.7c 21st. Minima 22nd Hereford 11.0c, Trawsgoed 10.1c.

Wed 22nd wet Mid and North Wales, large totals in the vicinty of some high ground, radar suggesting 50mm plus Cellan and Llanddewi Brefi cf actual 14mm Llanwnnen; very locally 100mm possibly for some hills. Max 14.7c Pershore

Thu 23rd damaging winds courtesey of 'Storm Doris', fatality Wolverhampton city centre midday, gusts widely above 50mph...Capel Curig 94mph, Aberdaron & Valley 81mph, Aberporth 68mph, Llanwnnen 49mph, Trawsgoed 47mph, Church Lawford 66mph, Bbablake 55mph. 24 hour rainfall totals to 0600: Capel Curig 51mm, Trawsgoed 34mm

Sat 25th Capel Curig 60.6mm orographic rain NW Wales

Mon 27th wintry showers in places, snow cover for some hills, late afternoon snowline down to 250m - 300m Mynydd Llanllwni, only sleet Llanwnnen and Llanybydder


Nature notes

2nd first (mini variety) Daffs blooming a few miles north of Carmarthen (often these are first bloom and in late Jan/early Feb)

First week: plentiful Snowdrops out and plently of Song Thrush singing. Great Spotted Woodpecker (GSW) heard drumming

Mid month first Celandine, more Daffs out in Carmarthen, 2 GSW heard drumming 16th

End of month smattering of Blackbird song, impressive Song Thrush vocalistaion continues
Quite a few Daffs out by 28th. Bluebell spikes widely up around the gardens, plenty of Celandine, Snowdrops declining



February summary: mild and rather dull; rainfall around average, locally a wet month

Little in the way of snow again, many places having no lying snow all month or just a sprinkling.
Mildest February for several years, here at Llanwnnen since 2011.
Broadly around average rainfall, some having a rather dry month, some areas wet..
Sunshine below average everywhere.

Rainfall totals


Valley 103.8mm (190%)
Llanwnnen 124.0mm (122%)
Pembrey Sands 74.8mm (91%)

Nottingham 53.4mm
Coventry, Bablake school 44.0mm (110%)
Long Lawford 44.7mm (111%)
Church Lawford 44.4mm (100%)
Hereford 36.6mm (78%)

Sunshine

Valley 49.2 hrs (61%)
Aberporth 51.5 hrs (63%)
Llanwnnen 43 hrs (68%)


Nottingham 45.5 hrs
Coventry 64.1 hrs (82%)


Winter 2017: dry and rather mild

Llanwnnen it was the driest Winter in the 12 year record here (Winter 20008/09 305.3mm).

Winter rainfall totals:

Llanwnnen 296.0mm (75%)
Pembrey Sands 216.0mm

Nottingham 122.8mm
Long Lawford 124.6mm (83%)
Church Lawford 123.8mm
Coventry, Bablake School 128.0mm (89%)

and sunshine:

Llanwnnen (est) 160 hrs (110%)

Coventry, Bablake School 176.8 hrs 89%



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January 2017 weather log

Pertinent daily weather log

Sun 1st rather cold and wet cleared WW morning, sleet and snow for high ground fell to quite low levels parts of Midlands, afternoon temperatures widely below 4c. A covering of snow for some hills of Wales above 400m.

Tue 3rd frost locally quite severe (Llanwnnen -6.7c, Pershore -5.4c, Swyddffynnon -5.2c)

Thu 12th colder, sleet or snow fell for a time in many places, slight accumulations some hills above about 300m. Thunder at Llanwnnen during evening hail and snow showers

Fri 13th wintry showers, slight coverings of snow or hail in many places, more substantials accumulations some high ground, reports of 4 to 6 inches Peak District, strong winds

Sat 14th  Reported 13 - 15cm snow lying overnight Brecon Beacons.Milder/ less cold as showers turned to rain and hail

This very half-hearted cold spell mid month barely impacting CET

Tue 17th mild WW, rather cold much of Midlands (Gogerddan 11.9c, Coventry 4.5c)

Wed 18th again quite mild WW and rather cold Midlands (Trawsgoed 9.0c, Astwood Bank & Ch Lawford 4.1c)

Sat 20th virtually unbroken sunshine in many places (Aberporth 8.1 hrs , Wellesbourne 8.0 hrs 20th, Llanwnnen 8 hrs)

Sun 21st virtually unbroken sunshine parts of WW, much of Midlands cloudy (Llanwnnen 8 hrs, Valley 7.6 hrs), cold or rather cold although a few spots in NW Wales average to rather mild (Hereford max 2.2c, Market Bosworth 2.9c, Porthmadog 8.7c)

Wed 25th WW average to quite mild, West Midlands near average, SE Midlands cold (Trawsgoed 9.7c, Hereford 8.5c, CL max 2.6c)

Thu 26th cold or very cold, parts of Midlands having a now rare 'ice day' (Northampton max -1.1c, CL -0.7c, Coventry -0.6c, Hereford 1.5c, Aberporth 3.4c, Valley 6.7c). First ice day since 2013 at Coventry would be typical of the Midlands

Tue 31st very mild WW,  mildest day of the month, this much milder air reaching the Midlands by evening (Trawsgoed 13.0c, Hereford 12.0c, Nottingham 6.6c to 1800)




Nature notes

Hints of Spring nature-wise:

Bird song heard during much of the month:
Great Tit, always becomes territorial late Winter, although early January is still early for this to call
Mistle Thrush, another bird that can sing as early as Jan/ Feb
Song Thrush, subsong or short bursts with no tue vibrant song as would be in late Spring.
Much more purposeful Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush song during final few days of month.
Collard Dove heard to call.
Robin of course which sings virtually year-round

Primrose increasingly in bloom as January progressed
First Daffodil few spikes through in the village (same ones in bloom by Christmas 2015)
Celandine foliage most prolific by month end
23rd first Snowdrops in flower, as usual near the Fish & Anchor, Llanwnnen and a few days later alongside main road to Lampeter
24th first Bluebell spikes through under our Apple tree

Several Spiders seem intent on surviving the Winter on our landing (I do encourage this by leaving the window ajar during milder spells)




January 2017 summary

Average to quite mild; generally rather dry, but parts of Midlands rainfall totals around average

Another Winter month passes with an absence of true wintry conditions, although there were quite a few night frosts over the Midlands. SE England saw a protracted cold spell this month, while the west usually remained on the mild side. Very little in the way of snowfall, many lowland locations having no lying snow at all.

Rainfall totals:

Capel Curig 128.2mm 44%
LLanwnnen 96.9mm 68%
Aberporth 56.2mm 67%
Pembrey 80.4mm 74%

Nottingham 49.0mm
Hereford 61.8mm 93%
Coleshill 52.6mm 79%
Coventry, Bablake School 61.0mm 102%
Long Lawford 60.3mm 111%
Church Lawford 58.6mm

Sunshine totals:

Aberdaron 48.5 hrs
Llanwnnen 62 hrs 143%
Aberporth 56.3 hrs 91%

Shawbury 38.2 hrs 75%
Coventry 49.5hrs 79%



Friday, 6 January 2017

December 2016 weather log

December 2016 weather and nature

Log of more significant weather days:

Snow patches late November: During the final week of November snow patches visible on distant hills inc Plynlimon



Tue 13th very mild mostly cloudy(Pershore College 14.7c, Trawsgoed 13.0c)

Wed 14th very mild and bright (Gogerddan 14.2c, Nottingham 13.3c, Pershore College 13.2c)

Thurs 23rd frost widespread but not severe however Shobdon -3.4c coldest in UK

Fri 24th Storm Barbara brought wind and rain although nothing of note for most of England and Wales, gusts to 75mph at Capel Curig and Anglesey though, a few trees and power lines down over Wales

Sat 25th very mild Christmas Day (Coleshill 14.9c, Trawsgoed 13.5c)

Tue 27th notably high pressure above 1040mbar all England and Wales and 1045mbar reached over the Midlands. At Coventry the barometer reached its highest level since January 1982!

Wed 28th frost locally rather severe (Pershore -7.0c), unbroken sunshine many areas (Llanwnnen 7 hours) however some places remained foggy. Variable maxima from very mild 12.1c Trawsgoed to very cold 1.0c Hereford where fog must have lingered

Thu 29th freezing fog persisted all day along some valleys, such as the Trent and Wye (Hereford max -0.6c, Winterbourne 7.6c)


Nature notes:

2nd in spite of recent severe frosts (-11.0c 30/11) a few Red Campion continue in bloom along the lanes

Early Dec Primroses in flower Coventry and Llanwnnen.

9th Muntjac Deer in woodland, Fillongley, Warks

10th female Blackcap feeding on Apples remaining on tree Aldermans Green, Coventry, this is a Summer migrant although they increasingly over-Winter due to milder Winters and as people feed garden birds more and more. Blackbird and Magpie also benefiting from this remaining fruit.

11th Llanwnnen and surrounds: Mistle Thrush heard in weak song, first Snowdrop spikes emerged Fish & Anchor bank, a few Red Campion continue to bloom, grass and other vegetation appears to be in slow growth phase

14th Gorse in flower up to 350m Mynydd Pencarreg, snatch of Song Thrush song along lane back down to Llanybydder also heard Carmarthen 15th

A few Primrose in bloom from mid month

Hazel catkins mid month

20th first Snowdrop spikes near Fish & Anchor, Llanwnnen, they are usually early to flower on this road bank

Further Song and Mistle Thrush song bursts at various locations to Christmas


December 2016 summary: dry and mild

For the second year running this was an unusual instance of December being milder than November.
A dry month for all and for parts of the Midlands very dry with barely a quarter of the average

Llanwnnen driest Dec since 2010 (52.1mm) and driest since 2010 (17.2mm) Coventry

December rainfall totals:

Valley 75.6mm
Llanwnnen 75.1mm (52%)
Aberporth 52.6mm
Milford Haven 75.4mm
Pembrey Sands 68.6mm

Nottingham 20.4mm
Shawbury 30.0mm
Coventry 23.0mm
Long Lawford 19.6mm (35%)
Church Lawford 23.8mm



2016 summary

Rather mild, most places rather dry, parts of WW decidedly dry
Llanwnnen driest year since 2010 (1116.9mm), Coventry driest since 2011 (460.2mm)

Rainfall totals for 2016

Llanwnnen 1144.7mm (87%)

Long Lawford 613.5mm (96%)
Church Lawford 635.6mm
Coventry, Bablake School 671.2mm (97%)

Sunshine totals 2016

Coventry, Bablake School 1508.2 hrs (98%)

Llanwnnen (estimated) 1269 hours (94%)