Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Dry and mild so far

Posted on October 31 2016 at 2:08:07 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

After some rain on the 1st of the month, the following two weeks of October were very dry. And with two thirds of the month gone, we had still only had 22% of the month’s average rainfall as we went to press.

The first week was also quite a lot warmer than the norm. This was followed by cooler days, making the average for the month nearer normal – but it was still above the long-term mean by 0.7C.

October 2016 (to the 20th)
Mean Max   14.6C 0.7 above average
Mean Min   7.1C   0.7 above average
Mean       10.8C   0.7 above average
Rainfall     19.5mm   22% of average
Sunshine 97.9 hrs 106% of average

September was quite a warm month. The mean temperature of 15.9C was a lot higher than the local September mean, with the warmest day being 25.6C on the 15th.

The warm start to the month was mostly due to a very warm airflow from the south and east, from a warm European mainland.

From the 16th onwards, we saw a change to more normal temperatures, as the airstream then was off the Atlantic.

September 2016
Mean Max   20.1C 1.9 above average
Mean Min   11.7C   2.1 above average
Mean       15.9C   2.0 above average
Rainfall   55.8mm   92% of average
Sunshine 105.4 hrs 84% of average

October started with high pressure dominating. Although this slackened towards the end of the month, it seems that the blocking high pressure may still be in evidence into early November.

This would introduce colder north-easterly winds, especially if it lasts into the later weeks of the month.

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