February 2016 – Summary

February was yet another month when many new records were set. Not only was it our coldest and sunniest February, it also produced our windiest day and highest rain rate ever here at Askernish.

Low temperatures dominated the month with the mercury never exceeding 10°C. With a mean temperature of just 4.8°C for the month, this was our coldest February and an overnight low of 3.2°C on 14th was our lowest February temperature. Clearing skies and low overnight temperatures later in the month produced not only our highest February daily temperature range of 11.7°C (9.9 to -1.2) but also our sunniest February day on the 27th.

The wind was a feature early in the month with winds gusting to 71mph on the 1st, our highest February wind speed. The average wind speed for that day was 33.9mph resulting in a wind run of 814 miles making it our windiest ever day here at Askernish.

Heavy rain fell on the 15th and 16th during which time 4.0mm of rain fell in 1 hour, our highest February hourly rain rate on the 16th and a rain rate of 192.0mm/hour occurred early on 11th , a record for this station

Apologies for the briefer than usual summary. This was due to the station being unmanned throughout the month.

Summary for February 2016

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)          4.8                          Record low for the month of February
Mean (min+max)        4.7                           Record low for the month of February
Mean Minimum           1.9                           Record low for the month of February
Mean Maximum          7.5
Minimum                     -3.2       14th            Record low for the month of February
Maximum                     9.9       27th
Highest Minimum        5.9         4th             Record low for the month of February
Lowest Maximum       5.1        24th
Air frosts         5

Rainfall (mm):
Total for month      106.8
Wettest day             15.8         16th
High rain rate          192.0        10th      Station record high rain rate
Rain days          26
Dry days             3
Days >= 2.0mm      15
Days >= 10.0mm      3
Days>= 20.0mm       0

Wind (mph):
Highest Gust    71.0      1st       Record high for the month of February
Average Speed     12.5
Wind Run       8723.0 miles
Gale days      1
Predominant Direction      SSW

Pressure (mb):
Maximum      1031.94      15th
Minimum        962.58       7th

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

Total hours of sunshine     76.8        Record high for the month of February
No. of Sunshine Days          23          Record high for the month of February
Sunniest Day       27th         7.2 hours