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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%