2014 Weather

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2014 Annual Summary

Mean temperature was 1.2deg above normal. 
Annual Rainfall was 1185.9mm, 155% of normal 764.5mm, making it the wettest year on record.
Daily rainfall of 38mm on 13/10/2014 ranks 23rd highest on record. 209 rain days ranks 4th highest, and 169 Wet days was the highest on record. The Monthly rainfall in January was 196.5mm, the 2nd highest of any month on record.
20 days with airfrosts is the fewest on record, while 68 days had a ground frost. 1 day with snow falling.
13 days experienced thunder. 6 days had fog, ranking =5th fewest.

15.1 mean max (C) , +1.2 diff from av (C)
7.2 mean min (C) , +1.3 diff from av (C)
11.1 mean (C), +1.3 diff from av (C)

HiMax 30.8C on 26/7/2014
LoMax 2.1C on 30/1/2014
HiMin 16.8C on 19/7/2014 
LoMin -3.5C on 29/12/2014

1185.9 rain total (mm), 155 % of av 
209 raindays (with 0.2mm or more)
169 wetdays (with 1mm or more)
38.0 most in a day (mm) on 13/10/2014

1 day with snow falling on 26/12/2014
0 days with 50% snow cover 

1011.0 mean pressure (mb) , -3.5 pressure anomaly (mb)
1041.8 max pressure at any time of day, on 29/12/2014 
965.5 min pressure at any time of day, on 14/2/2014 

The last frost was 3/5/2014 and the first frost 6/11/2014 

13 days with thunder heard 

88.8% at 0900

57.9% at 0900


January 2014 February 2014 March 2014

Mean temp was 5.1C (1.0C above normal).  LowMin of –0.9C was the second highest for January, beaten only by –0.1C in 2005.
Just 3 days (12th, 2nd, 21st ) had an air frost, ranking 5th fewest since 1956. There were ground frosts on 5th, 1st -15th, 19th-24th , 27th , 30th-31st.
 Rainfall totalled 196.5mm, the highest for January in 59 years of records here. This was the 2nd wettest of any month, beaten only by 204.9mm in Sep 1976. Out of the 8 wettest Januarys, 6 of them have been since 2007.
27 raindays, 25 wet days and 17 very wet days are all new records.

Wettest days were 22.0mm on 8th, 17.0mm on 31st, 16.5mm on 3rd, 14.0mm on 1st and 13.0mm on 18th.
The mean pressure was 998.9mb, the lowest on record for January.

7.7 mean max (C) 
2.6 mean min (C) 
5.1 mean (C)  +1.0 diff from av (C)
10.9 high max (C) on 5
2.1 low max (C) on 30 
5.9 high min (C) on 7,8 
-0.9 low min (C) on 20 

196.5 rain total (mm)
297 % of av 
27 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
25 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)
17 very wet days (with >=5.0mm)
3 days air frost, 14 ground frost 
65 cloud cover percent
95 mean RH 

Mild month with mean temp 1.5C above normal. Lowest Min was 0.0C (i.e there were no air frosts), the highest for any Feb in 58 years. Mean Min temp was 2.1C above normal. 

Rainfall 131mm is a new February record. Total for Jan+Feb is 327mm.

8.4 mean max (C) 
3.1 mean min (C) 
5.7 mean (C)  +1.5 diff from av (C)
11.5 high max (C) on 24
4.8 low max (C) on 10 
6.5 high min (C) on 24 
0.0 low min (C) on 10 

130.8 rain total (mm)
297 % of av 
24 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
19 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)
13 very wet days (with >=5.0mm)
no days air frost, 15 ground frost 
65 cloud cover percent
92 mean RH 

Seasonal Summary for
Winter 2014 (Dec,Jan,Feb)
Another wet season, the wettest in the last 58 years.

MeanMax temp 8.3C, 1.6C above normal
MeanMin temp 2.9C, 1.7C above normal
Mean 5.6C,  1.6C above normal

Total rainfall 430.6mm for the season,
225% of normal.

Another mild month with mean temp 8.0C (1.5C above normal), and the mean max temp both being 5th highest in 58 years here.  There were just 3 air frosts, min temp was –2.3C, with only 10 years having 3 air frosts or fewer. 

Rainfall fairly normal ( 59.9mm = 110%) most rainfall occurring before 9th and after 19th. Some good sunny days.

12.6 mean max (C) 
3.4 mean min (C) 
8.0 mean (C)  +1.5 diff from av (C)
19.1 high max (C) on 24
7.1 low max (C) on 10 
8.4 high min (C) on 24 
-2.3 low min (C) on 10 

59.9 rain total (mm)
110 % of av 
14 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
13 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

3 days air frost, 14 ground frost 
54 cloud cover percent
89 mean RH 

April 2014 May 2014 June 2014

A mild month, mean temp 10.7C (anomaly +2.0C), the 3rd highest April mean in 58 years here, beaten only in 2007 and 2011. There were no air frosts, one of only 7 years on record, of which 5 have been in the last decade. There were 3 ground frosts, only 5 years have had fewer, 4 of these in the last decade.

Rainfall was 76.4mm, 22% above normal, the wettest day was 25th, when 28mm fell, very heavy from 1200 to 1500. A wet and duller start to the month up to 7th, then dry with good sunshine, with a wetter end from 20th onwards.

15.0 mean max (C) 
6.4 mean min (C) 
10.7 mean (C)  +2.0 diff from av (C)
20.6 high max (C) on 30
9.6 low max (C) on 25 
10.9 high min (C) on 7 
0.8 low min (C) on 19

76.4 rain total (mm)
122 % of av 
12 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
10 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

No days air frost, 3 ground frost 
54 cloud cover percent
88 mean RH 

A mild month, mean temp13.0C (anomaly +1.1C), the 8th highest mean in 58 years. No air frosts, but one ground frost on 3rd when air temp dropped to 0.0C.  
Wet on 1stand from 5th-13th,  then warm and sunny from 14th-21st, but especially wet again 22nd-29th when nearly a month’s rain fell.  
There were 9 very wet days (>5mm) the third highest on record, and 18 wet days (>1mm) the fourth highest on record.  Overall May rainfall was the 10th highest, but lower than in 2013, 2007 or 2006. 

Cumulative rainfall Jan-May is a new record 559.8mm.

Brief thunder heard 1805 on 19th and 1900 on 24th. Sunniest days were 14th, 17th, 21st. Windy 9th-11th, less so 5th-8th. Good growing weather, good weeding weather!

17.5 mean max (C) 
8.5 mean min (C) 
13.0 mean (C)  +1.1 diff from av (C)
25.3 high max (C) on 19
11.9 low max (C) on 28 
12.7 high min (C) on 20 
0.0 low min (C) on 3

96.2 rain total (mm)
166 % of av 
19 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
18 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

No days air frost, 1 ground frost 
61 cloud cover percent
83 mean RH 

Seasonal Summary for
Spring 2014 (Mar, Apr, May)
A wet season, the 6th wettest in the last 58 years here.
MeanMax temp 15.0C, 2.0C above normal.
MeanMin temp 6.1C, 1.8C above normal.
Mean 10.6C,  2.0C above normal, the 3rd highest on record.
Total rainfall 232.5mm for the season,
135% of normal.

A warm and pleasant month, mean temp 1.5C above normal, the 5th highest mean in 58 years beaten only by 1976 and 2005/6/10.  
Mean max temp 26.5C ranks 7th highest, and mean min 11.1C 4th highest (beaten only by 2005/6/7).
Wet 2nd-4th, 7th-10th ,  26th- 28th, but virtually dry 11th to 25th
Good sunny days 1st, 5th,12th-13th and 20th-23rd, 25th, 30th.
Rainfall 37% above normal, 13th highest, with 24.2mm falling on 4th.

Cumulative rainfall Jan-June is a new record 643mm, beating 527mm in 2007 and 490mm in 2012. April-June alone totalled 256mm, the 5th highest for that period.

21.5 mean max (C) 
11.1 mean min (C) 
16.3 mean (C)  +1.5 diff from av (C)
26.5 high max (C) on 22
12.9 low max (C) on 4 
13.4 high min (C) on 18 
6.2 low min (C) on 6

83.0 rain total (mm)
137 % of av 
12 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
12 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

No days air or ground frost 
55 cloud cover percent
79 mean RH 


July 2014 August 2014 September 2014

The 4th warmest July in 59 years here (2013 ranked 3rd). Mean temperature 18.7C (+1.8C). Particularly warm from 17th-to 26th, reaching over 26C most days.  Many good bright sunny days, and long sunny periods, and 0900 cloud cover quite low at 35%.

Although there were few days with rain, the heavy rainfall 18thto 19th contributed 57mm to the month’s 84mm total. On 18th, 36.5mm was recorded, making it the 25th wettest single day in 21400 days (59 years), so in the top 0.12%.  The only other period with rain was 4th to 8th.

Thunder was heard on 4 days, with heavy rain at 1710 on 6th, rain on 8th when rumbles from the storms in North Birmingham were heard. At 2345 on 18th, lightning was seen, and thunderstorms followed between 0200 and 0500 on 19th, with heavy rain, torrential at times, falling between 0200 and 0800, delivering most of the month’s rainfall.

Cumulative rainfall Jan to July (7 months) for this year is now 727mm, the highest on record for these 7 months, and already exceeds the annual rainfall for 21 of those 59 years.

24.6 mean max (C) 
12.7 mean min (C) 
18.7 mean (C)  +1.8 diff from av (C)
30.8 high max (C) on 26
17.4 low max (C) on 8 
16.8 high min (C) on 19 
8.6 low min (C) on 14

84.4 rain total (mm)
144 % of av 
11 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
7 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

No days air or ground frost 
35 cloud cover percent
79 mean RH 

The coolest August since 1992 with temperatures 1.1C below normal. Another wet month, the 10th wettest in 59 years, and having the 8th highest number of raindays. 30mm of rain fell on 25th.

Cumulative rainfall Jan-Aug is 843mm, the highest on record, and already exceeds the whole annual rainfall for 14 of the 59 years records here.

Thunder was heard on 3 days, 10th, 12th and 14th.

20.0 mean max (C) 
10.9 mean min (C) 
15.4 mean (C)  -1.1 diff from av (C)
26.4 high max (C) on 8
low max (C) on 25 
15.4 high min (C) on 6 
5.3 low min (C) on 20

116.0 rain total (mm)
175.0 % of av 
20 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
16 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

No days air or ground frost 
61 cloud cover percent
89 mean RH 

Seasonal Summary for
Summer 2014 (Jun, Jul, Aug)
A wet season, the 4th wettest in the last 59 years here.
MeanMax temp 22.0C, 1.5C above normal.
MeanMin temp 11.6C, 0.8C above normal.
Mean 16.8C, 1.2C above normal, the 9th highest on record.
Total rainfall 283.4mm for the season,
145% of normal.

A dry, warm September, the 8th driest on record, the only significant rain falling on 23rd and 29th. Cumulative rainfall Jan-Sep (9 months) now 863mm, the highest on record, and only 12 years out of the 59 years of records here have had a higher (12 month) annual total.

Mean temperature 15.6C was the 2nd highest beaten only by 17.4C in 2006.

Many bright and mostly sunny days, notable exceptions 15th, 19-20th, 27th, 29th. Cloud cover at 0900 was 9th lowest. Minimum pressure was the 2nd highest, with the mean pressure 11th highest, reflecting the settled nature of much of the month.

20.6 mean max (C) 
10.5 mean min (C) 
15.6 mean (C)  +1.7 diff from av (C)
23.9 high max (C) on 10
low max (C) on 19 
14.9 high min (C) on 20 
4.5 low min (C) on 22

19.9 rain total (mm)
31.3 % of av 
7 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
4 wetdays (days with >=1.0mm)

No days air or ground frost 
58 cloud cover percent
92 mean RH 


October 2014 November 2014 December 2014

Another month with above average temperatures, +1.7C anomaly, and warmest Oct 30th and 31st in 58 years records here, breaking the previous 1970 record, and topping 20C on 31st.  The month’s mean temperature was the 9th highest.  A very warm start and finish to the month.
Rainfall of 125mm was the 7th highest for October, with 38mm falling on 13th. The cumulative total Jan-Oct (10 months) is now 988mm, the highest on record, and already exceeding all but 4 year’s annual totals.
Slight ground frost on 12th as the min temp fell to 2.7C.
  Thunder on 8th at 1635 with heavy rain.

15.3 mean max (C) 
8.9 mean min (C) 
12.1 mean (C)  +1.7 diff from av (C)
21.4 high max (C) on 3
10.6 low max (C) on 13 
14.2 high min (C) on 31 
2.7 low min (C) on 12

125.0 rain total (mm)
152 % of av 
24 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
17wetdays (days with >=1mm)
9 very wet days (days with >=5mm)
1 days ground frost on 12
71 cloud cover percent
92 mean RH

Another mild month with temperatures 1.1C above average, making it the 7th mildest November in 58 years here, with cooler spells 3,4,24,25. 
It was the 5th wettest November here, the 11 months rainfall Jan-Nov now ranks 2nd among the annual totals, needing 52mm more this month to become the wettest year on record here.

Sunny on 3,5,9,24 but sunless on 11,13,15-17,21,23,26,28-29.
Windiest days were 1-3,6-8,10-13.  

Air frosts on 24-26 and additionally a ground frost on 6

10.3 mean max (C) 
5.5 mean min (C) 
7.9 mean (C)  +1.1 diff from av (C)
14.9 high max (C) on 1
6.4 low max (C) on 25 
11.3 high min (C) on 2 
-1.2 low min (C) on 25

134.6 rain total (mm)
183 % of av 
21 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
19 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
11 very wet days (days with >=5mm)
4 days ground frost on 6, 24-26
3 days air frost 24-26
68 cloud cover percent
96 mean RH 

Seasonal Summary for
Autumn 2014 (Sep, Oct, Nov)

A mild autumn, the 3rd highest mean and mean max temperatures in 58 years here, 1.7 deg above normal.  Rainfall was 279.5mm, the 9th highest, 132% of normal.

A wet autumn, having 52 raindays (12th highest), 40 wet days (9th highest) and 22 very wet days (4th highest, beaten only by 1960, 2013 and 1984)

Mean temperature was just above normal overall, although it was mild 17-24 and cool 26-30. No extreme temperatures.

Rainfall was just below normal, although most days had rain, the heaviest falls were 18mm on 11th, 12mm on 26th and 10.5mm on 16th.

0.5cm snow fell 1600-1700 on 26th, melting soon after as heavy rain moved across during the evening.
Air frosts were recorded on 3-4, 6-7, 9, 13-14, and the coldest 28-30.
Ground frosts were recorded on 16 nights. No fog was recorded. Pressure was very high 28-31, reaching 1041.8 mb on 29th. Windiest day was 22nd, the 18th and 23rd less so.

7.6 mean max (C) 
2.1 mean min (C) 
4.9 mean (C) +0.6 diff from av (C)
12.7 high max (C) on 18
3.0 low max (C) on 27 
10.3 high min (C) on 18 
-3.5 low min (C) on 29

63.2 rain total (mm)
88 % of av 
18 raindays (>=0.2mm)
9 wetdays (>=1mm)
3 very wet days (>=5mm)
16 days ground frost 
10 days air frost 
50 cloud cover% 
92 mean RH% 

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