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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Wet, windy and warm

Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:49:42 0 comments

Stormy skies

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

March was on the whole a very mild month, with a mean temperature of 8.5C – that’s 2.3C warmer than the local 30-year mean.

The first seven days of the month were very wet, featuring most of the month’s rainfall. Only 0.7mm fell between then and the 19th, although a further 8.6mm of rain came on the morning of the 20th.

March 2017 (to the 20th)
Mean Max   12.4C   2.4 above average
Mean Min   4.6C   2.2 above average
Mean     8.5C   2.3 above average
Rainfall     32.5mm   72% of average
Sunshine 68.6 hrs 73% of average

February was a warm month overall, with a mean temperature of 5.8C; 1.7C above the 30-year mean.

The only cold spell was between the 5th and 12th, when daytime maximum temperatures were only 2–3C, but from the 12th onwards it remained very mild.

Storm Doris brought very strong and sustained winds between 10am and 2pm on the 23rd. The maximum gust locally was 65mph; the second-highest gust at my weather station in more than 15 years.

February 2017
Mean Max 8.3C 1.0 above average
Mean Min   3.3C   2.4 above average
Mean     5.8C   1.7 above average
Rainfall   46.3mm 88% of average
Sunshine 45.6 hrs 75% of average

Outlook
As we go into April, it seems that high pressure may dominate, producing a sunny beginning to the month with chilly nights but warm sunny days – but should this not develop, we will still be in a dull south-westerly flow with rain and mild grey days.

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