Hyde Heath Weather 2017


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The impression I had about March was that it was a dry month. Partly I thought this because the ground has become hard and the grass was slow in growing. The figures dispute the impression! Compared with the 37 year average, rainfall was down somewhat but on a par with February. What the figures do show is that we had a very mild month with the maximum temperature 6 above last March and the average temperature some 3 up. There were no frosts; not on my drive anyway compared with 12 in 2016. The warm weather brought leaves and plants out quickly so we had a real bonus of clean and bright colours from that bit earlier. The first few days of April have continued to be warm, sunny and pleasant. Lets hope it lasts.

Looking at the rainfall for the period October to March over 36 years shows that this last winter period was the 4th driest. Not a good sign for the water table.

Facts and figures
Mar-17 Mar-16
Maximum temp              c C 20.6 14.3
Average max temp C 13.46 10.56
Days max  >10 >15 C 9 0
Minimum temp C 2.7 -0.7
Average min temp C 5.98 3.09
Days min  <5 <5 C 16 28
Days min  <10 C 27 31
Days with frost 0 12
Rainfall mm 44.4 84
37 year average rainfall mm 53.07
Days with rainfall 20 17
Days with sleet, snow, hail snow   inc above 0 4
Wettest year                     2002                                                 168.5mm 2001 111.4mm
Driest year     2011 11.3mm

Gary Beynon
April 17th 2017
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Quite a mixture of weather was seen during February. The temperature reached 16.4C on one day and there was snow or sleet on four other days. Overall it was a mild and dry month with average temperatures above that of 2016 and rainfall very similar. Despite the comparatively dry month the ground did not dry out very well, in part due to the high humidity that prevailed and lack of a drying wind; Storm Doris being the exception. February has been relatively dry over the years with a 37 year average of 55 mm. There has been a dramatic variation with the wettest year in 2014 at 144.5 mm and the driest in 198 at just 8.8 mm. 16 of the 37 years were above the average; one might conclude that February is unpredictable----but we could say the same of most months.

Facts and figures
Feb-17 Feb-16
Maximum temp              c C 16.4 13.9
Average max temp C 9.25 8.39
Days max  >10 >10 C 15 6
Minimum temp C 0.3 -1.7
Average min temp C 4.21 2.63
Days min  <5 <5 C 17 24
Days min  <10 C 26 29
Days with frost a 5 11
Rainfall mm 40.8 48.1
37 year average rainfall mm 55.15
Days with rainfall 20 18
Days with sleet, snow, hail snow   inc above 4 1
Wettest year                     2002                                                 168.5mm 2014 144.5 mm
Driest year     1998 8.8 mm

Gary Beynon
March 4th 2017
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January proved to be another month of contrasts. Day time temperatures were high but the nights were often very close or below freezing. It became quite the norm to have to defrost the car windows even though not every morning showed the air temperature below zero. There were 12 days consecutively of days of scrapping! Rain fell on 17 days, 3 of those being snow or sleet. The total rainfall was very close to the 36 year average  at 83.6 mm and well below 2014 deluge of 190.1 mm. Compared with 2016 January was milder and maybe we will see the early bulbs popping up to brighten the garden.

Facts and figures
Jan-17 Jan-16
Maximum temp              c C 10.5 14.4
Average max temp C 6.36 8.49
Days max  >10 >5 C 21 25
Minimum temp C -3.7 -3.3
Average min temp C 1.14 3.36
Days min  <5 <0 C 12 5
Days with frost 17    a 10
Rainfall mm 83.6 107.5
36 year average rainfall mm mm     * 80.45
Days with rainfall 17 24
Days with sleet, snow, hail snow   inc above 3 2
Wettest year                     2002                                                 168.5mm 2014 190.1 mm
Driest year     1987 11.8 mm
*  no data in 1985
a frost on car screen
Gary Beynon
Feb 4th 2017
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