Nature Notes April 2020

Total monthly rainfall: 31mm. Maximum daily rainfall: 25.5mm (28th April).

Altogether there were 4 days when measurable rain fell, and 10 days when cloud-cover reached 100% for at least part of the day. Unusually, it was an April with almost no April showers!

Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 24°C on the 11th and 23rd. On the coldest day it was 10°C on the 1st and 28th. There were 9 days in the month when the temperature reached at least 20°C. On 6 days during the month fresh-to-strong winds brought down many twenty-to- thirty-year old trees and snapped trunks and branches of many others.

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Nature Notes March 2020

Total monthly rainfall: 74.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 25.5mm (6th March).
Altogether there were 15 days with measurable rainfall, including 5 minutes of snow and 15 minutes of hail on the morning of the 29th. There were also 11 days with 100% cloud-cover for at least part of the day. Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 15°C on the 16th. Maximum temperature on the coldest days was 8°C on the 5th, 20th, and 29th. There were 7 days with a very strong wind-chill between the 20th and 28th.

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Nature Notes February 2020

Total monthly rainfall : 117.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 20.5 millimetres (16th February). During the month there were 20 days with measurable rainfall and 20 days with 100% cloud-cover for at least part of the day. This included three major storms consisting of 9 days with strong – to – gale- force winds. We have been recording rainfall now for 14 years, and only 2014 has been wetter. Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 14°C on 23rd February. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 7°C on the 27th. There were 14 days when the temperature was 10°C or more. Although the month was generally mild, there were 8 days with a very strong wind-chill.

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Nature Notes January 2020

Total monthly rainfall: 74.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 14.5mm (15th) and 14mm (27th Jan). During the month, measurable rain fell on 18 days, and there was 100% cloud-cover on 20 days. Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 12°C on the 8th and 9th. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 5°C on the 25th January. There was overnight frost on the 1st, and 18th to 21st, with woodland ponds being lightly frozen on January 21st.

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Nature Notes December 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 131.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 27.5 millimetres (20th Dec). There were 15 days when cloud-cover was 100% for at least part of the day, and 23 days when we recorded measurable rainfall. All ponds were completely full and overflowing on December 20th, and there were puddles everywhere. Total annual rainfall was 859 millimetres, 429.5 of which fell in the last 3 months.

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