Weather Report with Phil Thomas

More of the same in March

Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:52:23 0 comments

Alvechurch sunset

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

February continued the cold theme from the end of January, the reason for this being a large high pressure area blocking the Atlantic low pressure systems.

The downside was that the airstream within the anticyclone had its origins from the moist Atlantic, resulting in a lot of cold and gloomy weather.

Towards the end of the month the jet stream brought much more mobile airstreams across the Atlantic, with the resultant milder wet and windy conditions.

February 2015 (to the 20th)
Mean Max   5.9C   1.4 below average
Mean Min   0.7C   0.2 below average
Mean       3.3C   0.8 below average
Rainfall     18.3mm   35% of average
Sunshine 51.4 hours 85% of average

January was quite an average month temperature-wise, with the exception of the 9th and 10th which had maximums of 14.1C and 13.3C. The only year with a higher January maximum locally was 1998 with 15.0C.

Temperatures took a plunge after the 15th with a daytime maximum on the 20th of only 3.0C, the coldest since March 2013.

Daytime temperatures picked up towards the end of the month but with some sharp frosts over the last couple of nights.

January 2014
Mean Max   7.7C   1.0 above average
Mean Min   1.2C   exactly average
Mean       4.5C   0.5 above average
Rainfall   80.7mm   119% of average
Sunshine 82.8 hrs 164% of average

The outlook as March begins would appear to be more of the same: a mobile Atlantic flow with changeable conditions, but feeling warmer in the stronger sunshine on the drier days.

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