Nature Notes March 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 55.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 18 millimetres (4th March).

Rain fell on eleven days of the month, and there were 20 days with 100% cloud cover for at least part of the day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 23°C on March 30th and 31st. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 7°C on 4th and 5th March. An unpleasant wind-chill occurred on the five days from the 7th to 12th March.

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Nature Notes February 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 54.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 13 millimetres (7th February).

This fell as snow between the 7th and 10th, and there was 100% cloud cover for 17 days for at least part of each day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 15°C on the 23rd,24th, and 25th. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 0°C on the 8th,9th,10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th with overnight frost from the 7th to 14th when all ponds were partly or wholly frozen.

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Nature Notes January 2021

Total monthly rainfall: 149.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 25 millimetres (14th January)

Altogether there were 24 days when measurable rain fell, and 26 days with 100% cloud cover for at least part of the day. All ponds remained full throughout the month and woodland paths were frequently flooded, as were hollows in all the fields. This wet weather led to the development of fungus on many woodland trees.

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 13°C on January 28th. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 1°C on the 8th and 10th. There was overnight frost on 10 nights, and ponds and lake were partly or wholly frozen between the 7th and 10th and 24th/25th.

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Nature Notes December 2020

Total monthly rainfall: 159.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 36 millimetres (4th Dec)

Altogether there were 19 days when measurable rain fell, and 17 days with 100% cloud cover for at least part of the day. There was an overnight gale on December 26th into the 27th which brought down many young trees, and caused all ponds to overflow.

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 13°C on December 21st. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 2°C on the 31st. There were overnight frosts on December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 13th, 18th, 25th, and 28th to 31st. Most of these days also suffered from early fog and a cold wind-chill. All ponds were thinly part-frozen on the 31st.

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Nature Notes November 2020

Total monthly rainfall: 68.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 24 millimetres on 15th November.

Altogether there were 15 days when measurable rain fell, and 21 days with 100% cloud-cover for at least part of the day. There were strong winds on the 1st, 2nd, 14th, and 15th.

Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 16°C on the 1st,7th, and 9th. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 8°C on the 5th and 30th.

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