February 2016 Weather

A nondescript sort of February with temperatures and rainfall roughly around average, though on the plus side it was a sunnier than average month, a most welcome fact after a run of dull months extending all the way back to September of last year. The month had begun on an exceptionally mild note with a maximum of 14.4 C being recorded on the 1st, but after a wet, windy and mild first week, the month would settle down for the most part thereafter, with plenty of typically dry but chilly February weather to enjoy. It was cold enough for some snow around the middle of the month but this didn’t come to anything down here on the lowlands, though up on the Wolds and Moors a short-lived covering did develop for a few days. After a brief milder and wetter interlude around 20th, things would once more quieten down for the remainder of the month with plenty of sunny and crisp weather during the last week with some welcome sharp frosts as well.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE : 4.2 C   (-0.2 C)
AVERAGE MAXIMUM : 8.1 C
AVERAGE MINIMUM : 0.2 C
HIGHEST MAXIMUM : 14.4 C, 1st
LOWEST MAXIMUM : 4.3 C, 15th & 17th
HIGHEST MINIMUM : 7.3 C, 5th
LOWEST MINIMUM : -4.5 C, 16th
GRASS FROSTS : 21
AIR FROSTS : 12
FROST DURATION : 74 hours

TOTAL RAINFALL : 54.1 mm   (122%)
MAXIMUM TOTAL : 10.5 mm, 17th
DAYS =>0.2 mm : 17
DAYS =>1.0 mm : 13
DAYS =>10.0 mm : 1
TOTAL RAIN DURATION : 84 hours

TOTAL SUNSHINE : 100.2 hours   (120%)
AVERAGE PER DAY : 3.46 hours
SUNLESS DAYS : 4

AVERAGE WIND SPEED : 3.6 knots
MAXIMUM GUST : 43 knots, 6th
DAYS =>34 knots : 4

WIND DIRECTION FREQUENCY
N 1, NE 2, E 2, SE 0, S 6, SW 3, W 11, NW 4

AVERAGE PRESSURE : 1006.7 hPa
MAXIMUM PRESSURE : 1034.0 hPa, 16th
LOWEST PRESSURE : 971.2 hPa, 8th

DAYS WITH FOG : 0
DAYS WITH THUNDER : 0
DAYS WITH HAIL : 0
DAYS WITH SNOW FALLING : 3
DAYS WITH SNOW LYING : 1
MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH : <1 cm, 15th
MONTHLY SNOW INDEX : 1 cm/day

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February 2016 Logbook (click to enlarge)

1st February 2016, Monday
2.7 C to 14.4 C / 0.0 mm / 4.8 hours / W 6-7
A very windy day with strong to near gale force winds buffeting the woods around the old homestead, a maximum gust of 42 knots being recorded in early afternoon. However despite the wind it was otherwise a dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, temperatures being very mild for the time of year in the morning, though as the day wore on temperatures would begin to fall away. Remaining windy overnight with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells in between.

2nd February 2016, Tuesday
5.0 C to 8.3 C / 0.2 mm / 5.0 hours / W 6
Another bright but windy day with gusts in excess of gale force roaring through the woods, especially in the second half of the morning and early afternoon. Feeling much colder as well, especially in the wind, with temperatures hovering around average for early February. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening, though around 7 pm a short but sharp shower would drift over, but this was very much an isolated shower with the rest of the night seeing long clear spells. The breeze would also ease overnight with a touch of frost by dawn.

3rd February 2016, Wednesday
0.7 C to 8.8 C / 1.9 mm / 5.7 hours / W 4-5
A pleasant late winter’s day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures hovering around what they should at this time of year. Winds were also mercifully much lighter today, though nevertheless in open locations it still felt pretty cold in the wind. Clear spells at first overnight with a touch of ground frost, but cloud would increase later with some rain around 3 am. However this would clear away by the end of the night.

4th February 2016, Thursday
1.2 C to 10.7 C / 0.3 mm / 1.3 hours / W 4-5
A largely cloudy day for the most part, but it wasn’t without some brighter periods as well, especially in the second half of the morning and early afternoon. Feeling mild as well with temperatures rising above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Cloudy in the evening and overnight with a short-lived period of rain around 9 pm.

5th February 2016, Friday
7.3 C to 11.4 C / 2.6 mm / 1.0 hour / S 4-5
A largely cloudy but mild morning, though towards lunch-time skies would begin to brighten up with some weak spells of sunshine around the middle of the day. However this brightness wouldn’t last with cloudy skies soon returning, and it would remain cloudy throughout the evening with the breeze also freshening and becoming quite gusty for a time. After a short period of rain in late evening, skies would clear for a time overnight, this allowing temperatures to dip to freezing, but cloud would increase again later with rain returning around dawn.

6th February 2016, Saturday
0.0 C to 11.5 C / 7.6 mm / 0.0 hours / S 5-6
A wet morning with persistent and at times heavy rain (peak rate of 11.4 mm/h), and whilst things would become drier in the afternoon, it would nevertheless remain grey and dull, the wind also freshening from the South as the afternoon wore on. Indeed by evening the wind would be gusting in excess of gale force, peaking at 43 knots (49 mph) at one point, but after another period of rain in late evening, the wind would thankfully ease down. After the rain cleared away shortly after midnight the cloud would begin to break up, this allowing some clear spells to develop latterly.

7th February 2016, Sunday
2.5 C to 8.9 C / 3.4 mm / 3.1 hours / S 5
A sunny and bright morning with a brisk southerly breeze, though in the afternoon cloud would increase with some rain for a time in mid-afternoon. It would also become increasingly windy by the evening with outbreaks of rain and fresh to strong winds during the night, though the rain would clear away later.

8th February 2016, Monday
3.5 C to 7.9 C / 3.5 mm / 0.6 hours / SW 4-5
A largely cloudy and breezy morning, though towards the end of the morning showers would develop, these forming into some longer spells of rain in the afternoon which were quiet heavy at times (3.4 mm/h). Becoming drier for a time in late afternoon and early evening though another period of rain would sweep through in mid-evening, accompanied by a period of squally winds. Becoming more clement overnight with skies clearing and winds easing, this allowing a touch of ground frost by the end of the night.

9th February 2016, Tuesday
1.0 C to 7.2 C / 0.0 mm / 5.3 hours / W 4
A pleasant day with some good sunny spells, especially in the morning, and whilst the moderate breeze made it feel quite cool, especially in more open areas, it was nevertheless a clement sort of day with temperatures around average for early February. Clear spells in the evening and overnight with temperatures falling low enough for a ground frost.

10th February 2016, Wednesday
1.5 C to 7.4 C / 0.0 mm / 7.1 hours / W 3-4
A perfect late winter’s day with barely a cloud in the sky and an abundance of sunshine, whilst in the shelter of the walled garden it was pleasantly warm, at least beside the south facing wall. Skies remaining largely clear in the evening and overnight with a decent hoar frost forming by the end of the night, a rare treat this winter!

11th February 2016, Thursday
-1.5 C to 7.5 C / 0.0 mm / 6.0 hours / SW 2
A stunning and crisp start to the day with the countryside whitened after a heavy hoar frost, and whilst this would soon melt in the strengthening February sunshine, it would remain bright and largely sunny throughout most of the day, temperatures again around average for the time of year. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight, though some long clear spells again allowed temperatures to quickly fall away, eventually reaching a minimum of -3.8 C towards the end of the night.

12th February 2016, Friday
-3.8 C to 7.7 C / 0.5 mm / 1.3 hours / E 1-2
Another frosty start to the day, the ground hard and firm beneath my feet, and whilst it would be a largely fine and clement enough day, temperatures again around average for the time of year, it wasn’t as sunny as the last couple of days with much more in the way of cloud around. Clear spells returning in the evening and for much of the night, this again allowing temperatures to dip a few degrees below freezing for a time, but cloud would increase later with some wintry precipitation arriving around dawn.

13th February 2016, Saturday
-2.7 C to 6.7 C / 0.8 mm / 1.0 hour / E 4
A cold start with some sleet and wet snow, this giving the slightest of dusting’s for a time, but things would improve by late morning with even some short spells of sunshine developing for a time. However in the afternoon it would become mostly cloudy again, with it feeling particularly cold in the moderate easterly breeze. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight with some wintry showers of sleet and ice pellets drifting in off the North Sea from time to time.

14th February 2016, Sunday
0.3 C to 6.0 C / 2.0 mm / 2.8 hours / NW 4-5
A wintry morning with some showers of ice and snow pellets at first, though in the second half of the morning it would become mostly sunny, albeit rather cold in the moderate to fresh breeze. In the afternoon snow pellet showers would become more frequent, this giving some short-lived dustings which soon melted during the sunny intervals between the showers, though in the evening some of these showers would turn into proper snow with a light dusting being produced by mid-evening. Showers dying out overnight with variable amounts of cloud, the dusting of snow just about surviving the night.

15th February 2016, Monday
-0.8 C to 4.3 C / 1.8 mm / 4.1 hours / NW 4
A cold morning with snow showers and sunny spells, though latterly the snow showers would become increasingly sleety, the dusting of lying snow from yesterday evening completely disappearing by 11 am. Remaining cold and blustery in the afternoon with a few further wintry showers, though by mid-afternoon they would largely die out leaving a mostly clear end to the afternoon. Remaining clear in the evening and overnight with temperatures soon dropping below freezing.

16th February 2016, Tuesday
-4.5 C to 6.3 C / 5.9 mm / 6.5 hours / S 4-5
A cold and crisp start to the day with a decent frost, and whilst this frost would soon melt in the strengthening February sunshine, it would remain on the chilly side throughout the day with temperatures close to the average for the time of year. Cloud increasing in the evening with outbreaks of sleet, rain and ice pellets during the night, these continuing through to dawn.

17th February 2016, Wednesday
0.1 C to 4.3 C / 10.5 mm / 0.0 hours / W 4
A cold, wet and raw sort of day with periods of rain & sleet, the weather feeling particularly miserable in places exposed to the bone-chilling breeze, and all in all it was a thoroughly inclement day. The rain would continue well into the evening and indeed into the night but towards the end of the night it would finally clear away to the east with skies soon clearing prior to dawn, this allowing a touch of frost prior to sunrise.

18th February 2016, Thursday
-0.5 C to 7.0 C / 0.0 mm / 6.6 hours / SW 2
A largely sunny and bright late winter’s day with broken cloud and sunny spells in between, and with light winds it would also feel pleasantly warm, especially in any sheltered sun-traps. Cloud increasing for a time in the evening but overnight clear spells would return, this allowing temperatures to dip below freezing with a decent hoar frost.

19th February 2016, Friday
-2.0 C to 8.7 C / 1.2 mm / 5.0 hours / S 4-5
A sunny and frosty start to the day with skies remaining largely clear for the majority of the morning, though in the afternoon cloud would begin to increase from the SSW with some rain arriving around mid-afternoon, this persisting for the remainder of the day. Further occasional outbreaks of light rain in the evening and for much of the night with a moderate, and at times fresh SW breeze. Milder.

20th February 2016, Saturday
1.2 C to 10.0 C / 2.0 mm / 0.1 hour / W 4
A cloudy and mild day with some drizzle and light rain in the afternoon, though this was barely enough to dampen the ground. Becoming drier by the evening with clear spells developing for a time with the near full moon illuminating the old homestead, but cloud would increase again during the night with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle by the end of the night. Becoming even milder as well with temperatures in double figures by dawn.

21st February 2016, Sunday
6.2 C to 14.0 C / 3.3 mm / 0.0 hours / W 5-6
A wet day with outbreaks of rain and drizzle for most of its duration, though despite the rain and the brisk westerly wind, it was a very mild day with temperatures climbing as high as 14 C. Becoming drier for a time in the evening but around 7 pm a short period of heavy rain, accompanied by some powerful gusts in excess of gale force, would sweep through. However after this cleared the skies would begin to clear during the night with temperatures falling low enough for a touch of ground frost by dawn.

22nd February 2016, Monday
2.0 C to 8.4 C / 0.0 mm / 7.0 hours / W 4-5
A much better day with an abundance of sunshine and blue skies, though a brisk breeze and temperatures around average for the time of the year did make it feel quite chilly, especially in exposed locations. Remaining mostly clear overnight with a bright full moon illuminating the countryside, whilst temperatures would dip close to freezing.

23rd February 2016, Tuesday
0.4 C to 7.0 C / 0.0 mm / 7.3 hours / NW 2-3
A near perfect February day with clear blue skies and an abundance of sunshine, this sunshine feeling quite pleasant in any sun-traps. Remaining mostly clear in the evening and overnight with temperatures dipping well below freezing.

24th February 2016, Wednesday
-4.1 C to 5.6 C / 0.0 mm / 6.5 hours / W 3
A splendidly cold and frosty start to the day, the dawn air like champagne, and whilst it would soon melt in the abundant morning sunshine, it would nevertheless remain on the chilly side all day with temperatures rising to barely 5 C. A bit more in the way of cloud during the afternoon but remaining bright with plenty of winter sunshine to enjoy. Clear spells in the evening and overnight with another frost by dawn.

25th February 2016, Thursday
-2.7 C to 6.1 C / 0.0 mm / 5.5 hours / NW 3-4
A stunning morning with clear blue skies and an early frost, but cloud would increase in the afternoon with skies becoming mostly cloudy by the end of the day. Remaining largely cloudy throughout the evening and for most of the night, though some clear spells around midnight did allow temperatures to dip low enough for a decent ground frost.

26th February 2016, Friday
0.0 C to 6.3 C / 0.0 mm / 0.1 hours / N 1-2
A largely cloudy day with temperatures slightly below average for the time of year, though despite the cloud it was quite bright at times with even one or two spells of sunshine managing to break through from time to time. Clear spells developing in the evening and overnight with temperatures dipping a few degrees below freezing.

27th February 2016, Saturday
-2.9 C to 6.1 C / 0.0 mm / 0.0 hours / NE 2
A cold and mostly cloudy day, though there were some brighter periods from time to time, especially in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy overnight but breaks would begin to develop towards the end of the night with temperatures managing to dip below freezing by dawn.

28th February 2016, Sunday
-1.0 C to 8.1 C / 0.0 mm / 5.3 hours / NE 3
A mostly bright day with plenty of sunny spells, especially in the morning, whilst temperatures were around the long term average for late February. However a north-easterly breeze did make it feel chilly and bracing in more exposed locations. Cloud increasing for a time in the evening but breaking up again overnight with temperatures dipping a few degrees below freezing by the end of the night.

29th February 2016, Monday
-2.9 C to 8.3 C / 6.6 mm / 1.2 hours / S 4
A cold, frosty and bright start but soon clouding over with mostly grey skies for the remainder of this Leap Year Day. Remaining cloudy overnight with rain moving in after midnight, this rain becoming persistent and heavy at times.