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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

April ends with showers

Posted on April 22 2012 at 2:33:00 0 comments

April skies

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

We are still in a drought despite the showery rain towards the end of the month. Although rainfall for April seems to be nearer normal values, the preceding months have left poor growing conditions for farmers.

What is needed is more traditional British weather with moderately wet rainy days!

April 2012 (to 22nd)
Mean Max 11.3C 1.5C below average
Mean Min   2.8C   0.8C below average
Mean       7.0C   1.2C below average
Rain 61.1mm – already 92% of monthly average
Sun 72.3hrs   61% of monthly average

Quite a wet and cold start to April with 19.6mm of rain over the 3rd and 4th, thus easing the large soil moisture deficit which had been developing. Fairly moderate daytime temperatures and less sunshine have led to a cooler and wetter month so far with little change for a few more days.

A very showery period developed from the 16th onwards due to a slow-moving shallow area of low pressure centered near the UK.

March 2012
Mean Max 13.2C 3.2C above average
Mean Min   3.7C   1.3C above average
Mean       8.4C   2.2C above average
Rainfall   18.3mm   41% of average
Sunshine 173.8hrs 183% of average

After a cold and dull start to the month, sunshine levels rocketed from the 19th onwards. There were virtually clear skies for six days from the 24th to the 30th. Sunshine levels were at the highest recorded locally with 174 hours; 183% of the local Birmingham 30-year average. 

From the 7th onwards there was only one day’s measured rainfall, and that was only 0.7mm on the 16th. There was no further rainfall making it the driest March since 1990; 0.6mm drier even than last year.

The outlook into May seems more unsettled than normal with a drier spell possibly towards the middle of the month, allowing temperatures to recover to near or above normal values.

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