February Slightly Sunnier, Wetter, and Cooler than Average

Armagh Observatory reports that February was slightly sunnier, wetter and cooler than average.

The number of hours of sunshine was at least 75.0, that is, approximately 9% more than the most recent 30-year (1981—2010) average. Data for the afternoon of the 20th were lost owing to technical difficulties with the instrument. The total precipitation for the month was 68.0 mm (2.68 inches), that is, about 25% more than the most recent 30-year (1981—2010) average.

The mean monthly temperature was 4.4 degrees Celsius (39.8 degrees Fahrenheit), that is, about half a degree C lower than the most recent 30-year (1981—2010) average. The maximum temperature was 12.3 degrees C on the 16th, and the lowest air temperature was -4.1 C on 20th. There were 18 nights with grass frost and 13 with air frost.

These data refer to observations at Armagh Observatory, which has been recording the weather at Armagh since 1795.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028- 3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; jmfat signarm.ac.uk.

Last Revised: 2013 March 4th