Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Back to ‘normal’ with frosty spell

Posted on January 31 2016 at 10:19:41 0 comments

Early morning snow

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

January brought a change to more traditional winter weather. The first couple of weeks were wet but temperatures returned to near-normal for the time of year.

The third week saw a much colder spell with some sunny days and very hard night frosts, and a few patches of freezing fog.

We saw a small amount of snow on a couple of days, before it all changed again for a mild end to the month.

January 2016 (to the 21st)
Mean Max   6.3C 0.2 below average
Mean Min   1.2C   exactly average
Mean       3.7C   0.1 below average
Rainfall     81.9mm   120% of average
Sunshine 34 hours 68% of average

A mean temperature of 9.7C made December the warmest during the 355-year period measured by the CET series of temperatures.

Rainfall of 100.2mm was 144% above the 25-year local mean, while sunshine of 38.7 hours was only 79% of the 25-year local mean.

The mild, dull weather was mostly due to a south or south-westerly airstream.

December 2015
Mean Max   12.2C   5.2 above average
Mean Min   7.1C   5.6 above average
Mean       9.7C   5.4 above average
Rainfall   100.2mm   144% of average
Sunshine 38.7 hours 79% of average

Yearly Averages & Means, 2015
Mean Max   14.2C   0.6 above average
Mean Min   6.4C   0.6 above average
Mean       10.4C   0.6 above average
Rainfall   758.9mm   99% of average
Sunshine 1409.1 hrs 113% of average

The cold spell ended towards the end of January, with a return of south-westerly winds.

The outlook for February could diverge in various directions – we could continue with the mild weather we’ve been used to this winter, but there is a chance that a blocking anticyclone could develop with a return to much colder weather, which is to be expected in a normal winter!

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