Weather Report with Phil Thomas

It’s been the coldest winter in 30 years

Posted on February 20 2010 at 3:26:42 0 comments

Snowy view of Alvechurch

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas assesses the winter so far.

“When the north wind doth blow we shall have snow”.

The statement seems to have held true for this year, when we’ve had three winter months with much more snow than average, although some of the snow was from weather originating in the east.

Overall, the three winter months – December, January and February have been the coldest since the early 1980s.

• Mean Max 4.8c (1.9 below average)
• Mean Min 1.5c (1.2 below average)

This gives us a winter mean of 3.0c (1.6 below average), by far the coldest winter period in nearly 30 years.In February (up to Feb 19), we’ve had:

• Average Max +5.3 (1.6 below average)
• Average Min +0.2 (0.4 below average)
• Mean +2.8 (1.0 below average)

Rainfall was only 21.4mm, which is 40% of the monthly average, while we had 39.1hours of sunshine – 64% of the monthly average.

The outlook for March is a little uncertain. The cold winter weather has been caused by high pressure blocking the Atlantic weather we often get over the winter months. This seems to be showing some signs of the blocking weather pattern moving away, allowing us back into a more spring like March with near normal temperatures and rainfall.

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