Wet, Sunny and Mild February; Wettest Winter for 20 Years

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

Total precipitation for the month was 107.05 mm (a little over 4.2 inches), the same as January 2014 and nearly twice the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average February rainfall. This was the wettest February at Armagh since 2002 (110.0mm) and the 10th wettest February on record at Armagh, that is, since rainfall records began in 1838. The wettest day was the 14th, with 13.6 mm (0.5 inches) of rainfall.

There were 87.3 hours of strong sunshine, more than a quarter more than the most recent (1981-2010) 30-year average sunshine for February, namely 69.1 hours. This was the sunniest February since 2008 (92.0 hours strong sunshine). The sunniest day was the 28th, with 8.2 hours of sunshine.

The mean monthly temperature was 5.4 degrees Celsius (41.7 degrees Fahrenheit), approximately half a degree Celsius warmer than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average February temperature of 4.9 degrees C. The warmest day (highest maximum air temperature) was 11.4 degrees Celsius on the 22nd; and the coolest night (lowest minimum air temperature) was -0.4 degrees C on the 28th. There were 17 days with grass frost and three with air frost.

Overall, Winter 2013/2014 (December, January and February) was a lot wetter than average. Total winter precipitation was 316.5mm (nearly 12.5 inches), more than 50% greater than the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average winter at Armagh. This was the wettest winter at Armagh for 20 years, i.e. since 1993/1994 (360.6 mm or 13.4 inches). It was also the sixth wettest winter at Armagh since records of precipitation began in 1838.

This winter, with a total of 172.9 hours strong sunshine, was approximately 10% sunnier than the most recent 30-year winter average of 157.6 hours. With a mean temperature of 5.76 degrees Celsius, winter 2013/2014 was also much warmer than the corresponding 30-year average winter temperature of 4.86 degrees C.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Mark Bailey at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; mebat signarm.ac.uk; URL: climate.arm.ac.uk.

Last Revised: 2014 May 12th