June 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 102 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 28.5 millimetres (10th June).

June was a month of much-needed rainfall, with measurable rain falling on 10 days of the year sufficient to top-up pond-water levels by some ten centimetres. There were 16 days with complete cloud cover for at least part of the day.

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 30°C on 29th June, while maximum temperature on the coldest day was 12°C on June 19th, and there were fresh-to-strong winds on June 6th-8th, 13th-15th, and 26th-28th – often leading to the downing of twigs and green leaves from some trees.

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May 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 29 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 12.5 millimetres (7th May).

Another month of low rainfall, with measurable rain falling on only 8 days, resulting in pond levels already over 30 centimetres below maximum.

Maximum temperature on the warmest days reached 22°C on May 23rd and 30th, while maximum temperature on the coldest day was 10°C on the 4th. Although there were only 13 days with full cloud-cover, there were 16 days when a stiff breeze from the north-west and north-east caused unpleasant flying conditions for dragonflies, butterflies, and moths.

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April 2019

Total monthly rainfall was 22.8 mm with a  maximum daily rainfall of 6 mm on 9th April. There were 10 days when measurable rainfall occurred, and 13 days when cloud-cover was 100% for at least part of the day. Rainfall was much lower than daily forecasts suggested because most of the showers avoided our area. Maximum temperature reached 23°C on April 21st amid a warm spell between the 18th and 23rd, and only reached 10°C on the 9th and 14th. A strong wind-chill was present during this latter period, and returned again between the 25th and 28th.

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Nature Notes March 2019

Total monthly rainfall was 45.5 mm with a maximum daily rainfall of 11 mm on March 10th. The rainfall during the month was rather moderate, which is not unusual at this time of year. There was no measurable rain at all from the 20th to 31st. Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 18°C on March 30th, while on the coldest it was 8°C on March 12th. There were light frosts from the 26th to 29th of the month.

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