2006 Weather

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2006 Summary


The annual mean temperature 11.6 is the highest recorded here in the last 50 years, 4 of the top 5 annual means being since 2002.

The 30 year (1971-2000) annual mean temperature here is 10.1, and for the last 50 years has been 9.5.

Jan, Feb, Mar were cooler than last year, but all the other months were warmer, with May, June, July and Sept giving the highest monthly mean temperature recorded here in the last 50 years.

Notably July's mean this year was 5.0 degrees higher than the 50 year average July temperature, with 19th July providing a 50 year July record maximum of 34.9, the following night  not surprisingly giving the 2nd highest minimum for July (beaten by 1.0 degree in 1975).

Rainfall at 681mm was 87% of the 30 year average, and 92% of the 50 year average.
Interestingly May was the wettest since 1983, but June the driest since 1983 also.
The hottest month, July, was the driest only since 1999.


TEMPERATURES
16.1     mean max (C)
+2.3     diff from av (C)
7.2     mean min (C)
+0.8     diff from av (C)
11.6     mean (C)
+1.5     diff from av (C)
34.9     high max (C) on 19 July  (new record)
0.7     low max (C) on 2 Feb
19.2     high min (C) on 20 July  (new record)
-7.2     low min (C) on 3 March
     
RAINFALL
681 rain total (mm)
87.3  % of avg
185     raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
127     wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
31.0     most in a day (mm) on 21 May

FROST, SNOW, THUNDER
32  air frost (air min temp -0.1C or less)
7     sleet/snow falling (in the UK from 0000-2400 GMT)
4     50% snow cover at morning observation hour
11     thunder heard (in the UK from 0000-2400 GMT)
11     fog at morning observation hour

THUNDER
11 May   
13 May
21 May
12 June
17 Aug
18 Aug
23 Aug
14 Sept
24 Sept
1 Oct
11 Oct

snowfalling

24 Feb
28 Feb
1 Mar
2 Mar
4 Mar
5 Mar
12 Mar

snow lying at 0900
24 Feb
2 Mar
4 Mar
12 Mar

HUMIDITY
80.5     mean RH at morning observation

PRESSURE
1013.6   mean pressure (mb) 
1043.9  max pressure at any time of day on 22 Dec
974.9  min pressure at any time of day on 23 Nov

 

 

January 2006 February 2006 March 2006

Settled start and end to the month but changeable middle. 
An unusually dry January (27%) like last year (24%), the previous dry January being 1997. 
Temperatures slightly above normal. Light snowfall on 7th, but otherwise uneventful with no extremes.

6.3 mean max (C) 
-0.1 diff from av (C)
2.6 mean min (C) 
+1.2 diff from av (C)
4.5 mean (C)
+0.6 diff from av (C)
11.1 high max (C) on 18th 
2.8 low max (C) on 24th
8.4 high min (C) on 19th
-2.0 low min (C) on 25th

20.1 rain total (mm)
27 % of average 

13 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)

A drier than normal month, the only useful rain falling on 11,14,23. 
Slightly cooler than normal, with many cloudy days, although a more interesting finish to the month with some short sharp snow showers, several periods of cold NE winds and some good bright sunny spells. 

6.1 mean max (C) 
-0.9 diff from av (C)
1.5 mean min (C) 
0.1 diff from av (C)
3.8 mean (C)
-0.4 diff from av (C)
10.3 high max (C) on 15 
0.7 low max (C) on 2
5.5 high min (C) on 14  
-3.1 low min (C) on 11 

44.2 rain total (mm)
85 % of average 
16 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)

6 air frosts (air temp <= -0.1C)

2 days sleet/snow falling 24,28 
1 day with 50% snow cover
1 day with fog 
1 day with sleet/snow lying 24 

A cool month with rain on most days, although total rain normal.
Air frosts 1-5. Mean temps below normal 1-23 in NW'ly 1-6 then 
NE'ly 16-24, but mild 24-31 as winds from S to SW.
A disappointing March for growers - a late start to the growing season. 

10.3 mean max (C) 
0.4 diff from av (C)
1.3 mean min (C) 
-1.8 diff from av (C)
5.8 mean (C)
-0.7 diff from av (C)
17.3 high max (C) on 30  
3.8 low max (C) on 12 
10.4 high min (C) on 26,27 
-7.2 low min (C) on 3 

65.4 rain total (mm)
106 % of av 
22 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
16 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
10.4 most in a day (mm) on 7

11 air frost (air min temp -0.1C or less)
5 days sleet/snow falling on 1,2,4,5,12
3 days 50% snow cover on 2,4,12
2 days with fog at morning obs hour

April 2006 May 2006 June 2006

Sunny spells and cool start to the month 2-12, with cool nights, some frosts and good visibility. Mostly cloudy and milder 13-29 with mild nights. Below average rainfall, only useful rain falling on 12, 21 and 30. Windy 1-4, 13-14, 28. Improved growing conditions
later in month as soil temperatures steadily rose.

15.6 mean max (C) 
+2.2 diff from av (C)
4.5 mean min (C) 
+0.2 diff from av (C)
10.1 mean (C)
+1.2 diff from av (C)
19.8 high max (C) on 25,27 
10.8 low max (C) on 7 
9.3 high min (C) on 25 
-4.8 low min (C) on 5  

43.6 rain total (mm)
73 % of av 
14 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
10 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
7.3 most in a day (mm) on 30

5 air frost (air min temp -0.1C or less)
1 day sleet/snow falling on 8
1 fog at morning observation hour

A changeable month, mix of cloudy, some heavy rain and a few sunny days.
Most rain between 20-22 (31mm on 21st) with much surface water,also wet 7-8.
Wettest May since 1983, although nearly as much fell in 1993.
Mildest May here since 1992, with warm spells 3-7, 9-12, 25-28.
Breezy 2-5, 18-19, 22, 30-31. 
Excellent growing conditions after several dry months.

19.3 mean max (C) 
+1.9 diff from av (C)
8.4 mean min (C) 
+1.0 diff from av (C)
13.9 mean (C)
+1.5 diff from av (C)
28.2 high max (C) on 11 
14.1 low max (C) on 20 
12.9 high min (C) on 27 
2.6 low min (C) on 23  


104.5 rain total (mm)
184.6 % of av 
19 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
17 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
31.0 most in a day on 21


3 days thunder heard 11th 1700, 13th 1500, and 21st 1815

1 fog at morning observation hour

A very sunny, warm and dry June. Very warm days 4, 6-13, 15-17,
23-25, 29-30. The little rain that fell came on 11-13 and 26-27, with 
brief thunder on 12, a stark contrast to the very wet and changeable 
May we experienced.

25.3 mean max (C) 
+5.1 diff from av (C)
11.2 mean min (C) 
+0.9 diff from av (C)
18.2 mean (C)
+2.9 diff from av (C)
30.6 high max (C) on 7, 17 
17.6 low max (C) on 22 
17.5 high min (C) on 12  
3.8 low min (C) on 1 

15.5 rain total (mm)
25 % of av 
6 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
6 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
5.1 most in a day (mm) on 11

1 thunder heard 12 at 0615 and 1300

 

July 2006 August 2006 September 2006

Very warm, sunny month, highest temp recorded 34.9 on 19th (beating July 1990 when 34.7 was recorded in Halesowen). 
A very dry July (only beaten in 1999, so second driest July in 50 years here), the only significant rain falling 30th-31st. 

28.9 mean max (C) 
+5.6 diff from av (C)
14.2 mean min (C) 
+1.6 diff from av (C)
21.3 mean (C)
+3.8 diff from av (C)
34.9 high max (C) on 19 
21.9 low max (C) on 7 
19.2 high min (C) on 20
9.2 low min (C) on 12 
 
11.5 rain total (mm)
23 % of av 
6 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
5 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
5.7 most in a day (mm) on 29

August was a cloudy and damp month with normal temperatures and rainfall over the month. Most rain fell between 17-20, 23, 25-31, 
with 16mm on 17th and 12mm on 23rd. Mildest at the start of the month but cooler later.

22.1 mean max (C) 
+0.9 diff from av (C)
12.1 mean min (C) 
+0.0 diff from av (C)
17.2 mean (C)
+0.4 diff from av (C)
29.4 high max (C) on 6  
16.5 low max (C) on 13 
15.4 high min (C) on 5  
6.6 low min (C) on 25 
 
69.8 rain total (mm)
102.6 % of av 
25 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
16 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
16 most in a day (mm) on 17

3 days thunder heard 
17 at 1330 
18 at 1530 
23 at 1630, 2045

A pleasantly mild month, with the highest September mean
temperature of at least 50 years records I hold. Warmest days were 10-12, and sunniest days 7-11, 21 and 26.  Rainfall was normal, the wettest September in the last 6 years, most falling at the start of the month, and on 13 and 22.

22.6     mean max (C)               
+5.2     diff from av (C)
12.2     mean min (C)             
+2.2     diff from av (C)
17.4     mean (C)
+3.7     diff from av (C)
28.4     high max (C) on 11
17.9     low max (C) on 2
16.3     high min (C) on 5             
4.9     low min (C) on 8    
             
74.6     rain total (mm)
104     % of av                      
11     raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
9     wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
20.2 most in a day (mm) on 13     
                  
2  days thunder heard 
14 at 1230     
24 at 0900     
3 days with  fog at morning observation hour

October 2006 November 2006 December 2006

Unusually mild month, October mean temperature 12.8C only equals 1969 in the last 50 years records here. 
Daily max temp exceeded 30-year average on all but 3 days.
Rainfall 127% of 30-year average, but was the 3rd lowest and had fewest raindays of the last 9 years.
Most rain fell 1st, 11th, 22nd, 25th. 
Mostly cloudy days, with some good bright and sunny spells, so felt very pleasant for the time of year. 

16.3 mean max (C) 
+2.6 diff from av (C)
9.3 mean min (C) 
+2.1 diff from av (C)
12.8 mean (C)
+2.3 diff from av (C)
20.8 high max (C) on 10 
13.1 low max (C) on 23
13.1 high min (C) on 11  
5.0 low min (C) on 4  
 
92.2 rain total (mm)
127 % of av 
16 raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
13 wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
22.2 most in a day (mm) on 1
 
2 days thunder heard
1st at 1100,1200 
11th at 0650,0930 

1 day with fog at morning observation hour

A fairly mild month with max temps above normal although min temps normal.
Felt cooler when windy from 11th onwards - windiest days 16th,20th,27-28th.
Rainfall slightly below normal. Most rain fell between 22nd and 27th, with lighter rain 8th-10th and 14th-16th.
Generally bright sunny days with cold nights from 1st-11th with
3 air frosts 2nd-4th, and cloudier but breezy from 21st onwards.
Mean temperatures exceeded 10C from 13th-15th and from 27th-28th.

11.2   mean max (C)               
+2.0   diff from av (C)
4.1   mean min (C)             
+0.2   diff from av (C)
7.7   mean (C)
+1.1   diff from av (C)
14.4   high max (C)  on 13 
7.6   low max (C) on 21       
10.2   high min (C) on 15     
-3.4   low min (C) on 2     

         
58.6  rain total (mm)
83 % of av                      
20  raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
11  wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
18.1  most in a day (mm) on 24   
  
3  air frost (air min temp -0.1C or less)
0 days with fog at morning observation hour

   

Changeable start to Dec,cloudy and dry anticyclonic 17th-28th.
Wet and windy end to the month 29th-31st.
Temperature 1.2 above normal for the month, the mean 6.0 was the
highest since 1988.  Coldest 21st-23rd with mist and fog.
The highest max temp 12.9 equals 2003 and was exceeded in 1997/8.
The lowest min temp -3.2 was exceeded in 2005,2003 and 2001.
Rainfall normal for Dec but fell in first half of the month and
in the final three days, with very little between 16th-28th.
The fifth consecutive Dec without snow.
A generally rather dull finish to the year with few bright spells.


8.2  mean max (C)               
+1.3  diff from av (C)
3.9   mean min (C)             
+1.2  diff from av (C)
6.0  mean (C)
+1.2  diff from av (C) 4                 
2.4   low max (C) on 21     
10.2  high min (C) on 14     
-3.2   low min (C) on 22           

         
81.3   rain total (mm)
101  % of av                      
17  raindays (no. of days with 0.2mm or more)
11  wetdays (no. of days with 1.0mm or more)
15.6 most in a day (mm)on 29     
                   
3 air frost (air min temp -0.1C or less)
2 days with fog at morning observation hour

 
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