Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 2014 – Summary


January 2014 proved to be a summarisers dream as the whole month can be described as “wet and windy”. Although not reaching the extremes experienced in December, it was still the wettest January here at Askernish, reflecting the fact that it was the wettest month in the UK since records began over 100 years ago. Here, the only rest bite from the wind and rain occurred towards the very end of the month when 2 dry days signalled the end of 61 consecutive days with rainfall, a new station record.


The new year began with more fronts streaming in off the Atlantic bringing brisk southerly winds and more rain, although these fronts were less frequent and did not develop into the storms experienced during December. The wet and windy conditions continued until the  28th with rainfall and winds peaking on the 26th with 12.4mm of rain and winds gusting to 69mph.

The winds then backed easterly on the 27th bringing brighter but no less calm weather and the only dry days of the month on the 28th and 29th. This brought to an end a period of 61 consecutive days with rain which started on 28th November 2013. This rest bite was short lived with winds again veering South on the 29th bringing more wind and rain with gusts of 58mph on the 31st.

Temperatures were near normal for this time of year, the average for the month being 6.0°C. There were no air frosts with the minimum temperature being 1.0°C.

There were 29 rain days during the month during which a total of 159.4mm of rain fell, a record high for the month of January. When the rain eased and no rain fell on the 28th, it brought to end a run of 61 consecutive days with measurable rain

The average wind speed was 12.7 mph with a wind run of 9478.1 miles. The highest gust was 69 mph on the 26th and there was 1 gale day.

As for sunshine, a total of 32.2 hours were recorded on 22 sunshine days.

Statistical Summary

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute) 6.3
Mean (min+max) 6.1
Mean Minimum 4.2
Mean Maximum 8.0
Minimum 1.0 – 28th
Maximum 9.9 – 24th
Highest Minimum 7.5    –     7th
Lowest Maximum 5.4    –     30th
Air frosts 0

Rainfall (mm):
Total for month 159.4      –    New record high for January
Wettest day 14.2    –     31st
High rain rate 69.8   –    6th
Rain days 29
Dry days 2
Days >= 0.2mm   –   29
Days >= 2.0mm   –   22
Days>= 20.0mm   –   0
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust 69.0    –     26th
Average Speed 12.7
Wind Run 9478.1 miles
Gale days 1

At last a dry day!

With no rain falling on the 28th January 2014, it hailed the end of 61 consecutive days with rain during which time 331.4mm here in Askernish.

Looking back over our records, there have only been 4 days without rain since 15th October 2013, a total of 107 days!. During this period 447.2mm of rain has fallen which averages 4.45mm per day.