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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Run of 24 rain-free days

Posted on May 19 2011 at 1:11:13 0 comments

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Storm clouds over Alvechurch

Above: Storm clouds known as ‘mamma’ over Alvechurch – formed by rapid updraughts looping ice crystals back into the cloud.

April was an extremely dry month (the driest of any month in my 21-year record) with only 4mm of recorded rainfall, i.e. 6% of the average monthly amount.

This occurred on only three days: 3.3mm on the 3rd, 0.2mm on the 4th and 0.5mm on the 11th. That’s 19 days without any rainfall recorded. It was also one of the warmest Aprils with a mean temperature of +3.9C above the 1981-2010 average.

May started as April finished with no rainfall recorded until the 6th – making 24 continuous days without any rainfall recorded. The rain that followed was mostly over three days: 4.2mm on the 6th, a massive 24.3mm on the 7th (nearly one inch), and 2.1m on the 8th. So most of the month’s rainfall occurred over just three days…

Mean Max +17.7C +4.9C above average
Mean Min   +6.5C   +2.9C above average
Mean       +12.1C +3.9C above average

Rainfall 4.0mm
0nly 6% of monthly average

Sunshine 194.7 hours
165.1% of monthly average

May (to 18th)
Mean Max +17.5C   +1.2C above average
Mean Min   +7.7C   +1.0C above average
Mean       +12.0C   +1.1C above average

Rainfall 35.6mm (64% of May average)
Sunshine 108.5 hrs (72% of May average)

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