Broad Street Wrington Website
Meteorological Report

Former parish councillor, and meteorological enthusiast, Dawn Judd kindly provides us with
a weekly met. report based on readings she takes daily at her home at 8.30am for the rainfall.

Review of 2016 January February March April May June July August September October November
5th - 11th February
A cold week with the temperature remaining low night and day. The best day was Tuesday when we had some sunshine , otherwise it was mainly cloudy and very cold with the wind coming from the North and East all week. We only had 11.5 mm of rain but no measurable amounts of snow. It looked very likely several times but we were lucky or unlucky depending how much you like snow.
29th January - 4th February
A wet start to this week with rain for most of the day on Sunday, and more on Monday. Drier on Tuesday but still very dull and cloudy. Yet still more rain on Wednesday and Friday, and a light frost early on Saturday - 38 mm of rain for the week. In spite of the last week January was a dry month, but much colder than we have had for a few years so hopefully less garden pests this year. Last summer they much worse than we've had for a long while - especially slugs and snails.

February averages are over 10 years 85 mm and over 20 years 85.5 mm, so not much difference there; the wettest February was 2007 155.5 mm and rain on 21 days and the driest was 1998 when we had 11 mm and it rained once. At least it's a short month and soon over - followed by March, which by my book, is Spring.

22nd - 28th January
Once again the week started very cold with heavy frosts, temperature down to -5.1°C on Tuesday morning ; but as the week progressed it got slightly warmer. The temperature hovered around zero and we had some more fog and a light frost.

By the end of the week
we were back to rain with 2 mm on Friday and 11 mm on Saturday, and more promised for the weekend and into next week. Perhaps the new moon we had on Saturday night will herald a change in the weather as the gulf stream has moved again.
15th - 21st January
Cold, overcast and gloomy for the early part of the week, with some patchy fog in the mornings and evenings. However, we only had 2 mm of rain. A change towards the weekend though - a very hard frost on Friday and Saturday mornings, down to -3.4°C on Friday morning and - 5.3°C on Saturday. So, very cold, but at least the cloud lifted a bit and we had some sunshine for a while.
8th - 14th January
Only 11 mm of rain this week, which mainly fell on Thursday, but the start of the week was very damp and overcast with fog at times.This didn't improve until Friday when it was very cold, made worse with a very cold wind. The temperature hovered just above zero most of Friday and into Saturday.

Once again we fared much better than other parts of the
country as many had frozen roads and snow to contend with, fun no doubt for children but not too good if you are trying to get to work.
1st - 7th January

Rain to start and end the first week of the year - 15.5 mm - otherwise some fairly hard frosts with the temperature down to, -3.8°C on Monday and Tuesday morning, slightly less cold on Thursday. Strangely no frost at all on Wednesday, the weather always surprises me.

I see we have been promised some very severe weather towards the end of the coming week.

More haste led me to leave off last week"s January averages, Average rainfall for January is over 10 years 123 mm and over 20 years 122 mm, the wettest January so far is 2014, with 206 mm 26 wet days and the dryest was 1997 with only 12 mm and it rained on two days.

Review of 2016
We ended 2016 with the driest December for at least 29 years. We only had 15mm of rain , we had plenty of fog and low cloud, but no more measurable rain.

The total rain for 2016 was 969.5 mm - slightly below average. The wettest month in volume was November, although it only rained on 13 days. In January it rained on 22 days - 112 mm - but it meant that last January we had very little frost because of the mild wet weather.

The longest dry spell was in August when we had 14 consecutive fine days,
followed by a 13 day spell in October. For the wettest day in 2016 we have to go to June when we 52 mm on the 15th.

I feel the last 12 months have been fairly average for the South West as far as the weather is concerned. Everyone has probably had a moan about too wet, too dry cold, hot, windy etc, but it really hasn't been that bad and we will at least do as well this year hopefully - even a bit better