Monthly Archives: June 2016

Spring 2016 – Summary

The snow and below average temperatures in April were countered by the clear skies and higher temperatures of May, which ensured that statistically, Spring 2016 passed without too much of note.

The passage of March was uneventful apart from it being the calmest here at Askernish. Temperatures struggled in April in a keen wind and there were four consecutive days when snow fell towards the end of the month. Although the winds remained northerly in May, the dry, clear weather resulted in record amounts of sunshine and days when the temperature rose above 15°C.

Summaries for the three months that constitute Spring precede this summary on the blog.

Statistical Summary for Spring 2016 (March – May 2016)

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)           8.4
Mean (min+max)          8.5
Mean Minimum            5.4
Mean Maximum         11.5
Minimum                      -1.4              26th April
Maximum                    26.7              9th May
Highest Minimum        13.4             10th May
Lowest Maximum         5.8              5th March
Days above 20˚C          5
Days above 15˚C         15                                          Record high for Spring
Days below 0˚C             2
Days below -5˚C            0
Air frosts                           2
Rainfall (mm):
Total for period              180.8
Wettest day                   17.0               25th March
High rain rate                  34.4                1st May
Rain days                          5
Days >= 2.0mm                29
Days >= 10.0mm               2
Days>= 20.0mm                0
Dry days                          38
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust                   47.0                    2nd March
Average Speed                9.8
Wind Run                  21623.1 miles
Gale days                         0
Predominant Direction             NNE

Pressure (mb):
Maximum                   1038.41              14th March
Minimum                      969.12               26th March                   Lowest recorded in Spring

Days with snow falling                    4                          Record high for Spring
Days with snow lying at 0900               0

Total hours of sunshine             502.0               Record high for Spring
No. of Sunshine Days                  80
Sunniest Day         25th May    15.8

May 2016 – Summary

Predominantly northerly winds are always associated with settled and clear conditions at this time of year. Such was the case this month, resulting in below average rainfall and record amounts of sunshine. Despite the same winds maintaining a keen edge, it could not prevent this May from being our warmest here at Askernish.


Northerly winds dominated the month of May, broken only by two brief spells (1st-5th and 16th-20th) when weak Atlantic fronts brought more humid conditions from the south. It was during these two spells that all but 1.8mm of the total months rain (39.2mm) fell with the wettest day being the 1st.

For the remainder of the month, it was clear, bright and sunny. Despite it feeling chill at times in the wind, temperatures reached 20°C on four consecutive days (8th-11th), with a high of 26.7°C on the 9th. It was on this day that the humidity fell to 33%, a record low for May and equaling our station record.

With the clear skies and long days, there was a station record high of 243.4 hours of sunshine with 15.8 hours on the 25th.

Statistical Summary for May 2016

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)            11.5                     Record high for May
Mean (min+max)           11.5                     Record high for May
Mean Minimum                8.0
Mean Maximum             15.0                     Record high for May
Minimum                           1.9       13th
Maximum                        26.7        9th
Highest Minimum           13.4       10th
Lowest Maximum            9.8        15th
Air frosts                              0

Rainfall (mm):
Total for month     39.2
Wettest day           7.8                 1st            Record low for May
High rain rate       34.4                1st
Rain days             13
Days >= 2.0mm      6
Days >= 10.0mm    0
Days>= 20.0mm     0

Dry days                18

Wind (mph):
Highest Gust          43.0    4th
Average Speed     10.2
Wind Run           7604.1 miles
Gale days            0

Pressure (mb):
Maximum                1032.07          31st
Minimum                   995.33          20th

Days with snow falling                 0
Days with snow lying at 0900      0

Total hours of sunshine        243.4     Our sunniest month
No. of Sunshine Days          27
Sunniest Day       25th         15.8 hours