Local Weather Diary 2020-

Extreme weather events in the Sidlaws north of Dundee (Newtyle)

Record values mentioned are since my records began in September 1996.



2020


Overall 2020 was a rather average year, wet at times, with an unexceptional summer and winter.

Spring 2020 was easily the driest on my records (since 1996) with just 73.4 mm of rain (46%).


January 2020

Overall very mild, the mildest in my records (since 1996), and quite dry.

Overall mean maximum temperature    8.1 (+2.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     2.8 (+2.0)

Overall mean temperature                     5.4 (+2.1)

Highest maximum temperature              13.8 on the 7th

Lowest maximum temperature:              3.1 on the 28th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -4.2 on the 10th

Rain total:                                             48.0 mm (59 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      10.4 mm on the 8th

Fog mornings:                                        2

1 snow days, 2 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


February 2020

Overall an extremely wet month - the wettest February in my records - and rather cool.

Overall mean maximum temperature    6.4 (-0.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     0.7 (-0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     3.6 (-0.4)

Highest maximum temperature              10.1 on the 4th

Lowest maximum temperature:              1.3 on the 24th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.2 on the 13th

Rain total:                                             157.2 mm (258 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      19.0 mm on the 8th

Fog mornings:                                        2

8 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


29 February. A very low pressure of 946 mbars.


March 2020

Somewhat cool with about average temperatures. Quite dry. A month of two halves; unsetteld first half and anticyclonic second half. Remarkably the month saw a new record high pressure of 1047 mbars (29th) for any month, and a new record low pressure for March of 958 mbars (1st).

Overall mean maximum temperature    8.8 (-0.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.5 (-0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     5.2 (-0.6)

Highest maximum temperature              14.3 on the 24th

Lowest maximum temperature:              5.1 on the 1st

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.9 on the 20th

Rain total:                                             30.4 mm (57 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      7.0 mm on the 14th

Fog mornings:                                        1

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


April 2020

Slightly warmer than average, quite dry and sunny. Some cool nights.

Overall mean maximum temperature    13.8 (+1.7 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     3.0 (-0.8)

Overall mean temperature                     8.4 (+0.5) (11= warmest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              19.9 on the 15th

Lowest maximum temperature:              7.3 on the 3rd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.2 on the 3rd

Rain total:                                             14.6 mm (31%) (3= driest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      7.4 mm on the 29th

Fog mornings:                                        0

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days


May 2020.

Dry, sunny, quite warm, with some hot days and cool nights.

Overall mean maximum temperature    17.4 (+2.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature    5.6 (-0.6)

Overall mean temperature                     11.5 (+0.8) (5th warmest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              26.0 on the 28th

Lowest maximum temperature:              9.6 on the 10th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.6 on the 13th

Rain total:                                             26.4 mm (47%) (3rd driest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      9.2 mm on the 21st

Fog mornings:                                        5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

The humidity of 17% on 6 May is easily a new record low.

The minimum of -2.4C on the morning of 11 May is a new record low by some way, but ...

... then this in turn was broken by an amazing -3.6C on the morning of 11 May.



June 2020.

After the excitement of May, June was pretty average, being slightly warmer, wetter, and cloudier than average.

Overall mean maximum temperature    18.2 (+1.0 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     9.8 (+0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     14.0 (+0.8) (=4th warmest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              25.6 on the 25th

Lowest maximum temperature:              11.6 on the 10th

Lowest minimum temperature:              4.3 on the 5th

Rain total:                                             75.4 mm (107%) (=8th wettest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      12.8 mm on the 30th

Fog mornings:                                        5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

1 thunder days


July 2020.

July was slightly cooler, duller, and wetter than average.

Overall mean maximum temperature    17.9 (-1.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     10.0 (-0.9)

Overall mean temperature                     14.0 (-1.1) (=5th coolest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              23.1 on the 31st

Lowest maximum temperature:              13.2 on the 1st

Lowest minimum temperature:              6.6 on the 19th

Rain total:                                             90.8 mm (114%) (=9th wettest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      18.6 mm on the 28th

Fog mornings:                                        6

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days


August 2020.

August was wet and very dull but with close to average temperatures.

Overall mean maximum temperature    18.1 (-0.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     11.0 (+0.4)

Overall mean temperature                     14.6 (-0.2) (=12th coolest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              25.4 on the 12th

Lowest maximum temperature:              12.7 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              4.3 on the 30th

Rain total:                                             126.8 mm (153%) (7th wettest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      30.6 mm on the 25th

Fog mornings:                                        5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

1 thunder days

11 August 2020. A thunder day (and night), rare in these parts. A real thunderstorm rather than just a bit of thundery rain.

25 August 2020. A very wet day, with 30.6 mm of rain 9-9 GMT.



September 2020.

September was cool and quite dry and bright. There was almost a drought, and it was almost a very dry month, saved by a wet final day.

Overall mean maximum temperature    16.1 (-0.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     7.9 (-1.1)

Overall mean temperature                     12.0 (-0.8) (5th coolest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature              22.0 on the 18th

Lowest maximum temperature:              11.3 on the 30th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -1.3 on the 27th

Rain total:                                             43.6 mm (77%) 10th driest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      25.6 mm on the 30th

Fog mornings:                               2                                            

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 1 frost days

0 thunder days


20 September 2020. A remarkable early cold spell; a new record September minimum of -1.3C on the morning of Sunday 20th, the first time I've recorded an air frost in September here (since 1995), and hence the earliest date for an air frost.

30 September 2020. A wet day (just, 25.6 mm of rain), with most of it falling after midnight!


October 2020

Very wet, very dull, and rather cool. Easily the wettest October in my records, with a total of 183.0 mm of rain beating 152.2 in October 2004. There were no frosts.

Overall mean maximum temperature    11.6 (-0.9 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     6.0 (-0.1)

Overall mean temperature                     8.8 (-0.5) (7th coolest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature              15.4 on the 7th

Lowest maximum temperature:              8.6 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              0.2 on the 17th

Rain total:                                             183.0 mm (208%) wettest since 1995 at least)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      55.4 mm on the 3rd

Fog mornings:                               3     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 air frosts, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

3 October. 55.4 mm of rain, the second wettest day in my records.

21 October. Another very wet day, with 32.0 mm, and 31.8 mm of that falling between midnight and 7 am.


November 2020

A mild, dull, dry month, although not exceptionally so.

Overall mean maximum temperature    9.8 (+1.3 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     4.4 (+1.5)

Overall mean temperature                     7.1 (+1.3) (6th warmest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature             15.1 on the 5th

Lowest maximum temperature:             4.2 on the 26th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.4 on the 29th

Rain total:                                             49.6 mm (60%) 9th driest since 1995 at least)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      10.2 mm on the 8th

Fog mornings:                               5     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 5 air frosts, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

Sunshine nearby: 61.7 hours against mean of 71.5 (5th dullest out of 12)

8 November. The minimum of 12.6C on the 8th was the record highest minimum for November.



December 2020

A dull, wet month, slightly warmer than usual. Mild first three weeks, colder and less wet final week.

Overall mean maximum temperature    6.0 (-0.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.5 (+0.6)

Overall mean temperature                     3.8 (+0.3) (=14th warmest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature             12.4 on the 18th

Lowest maximum temperature:             0.7 on the 28th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -5.1 on the 31st

Rain total:                                             101.8 mm (142%) (4th wettest since 1995)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     27.6 mm on the 4th

Fog mornings:                               0     

3 snow days, 3 day snow lying, 12 air frosts, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

Sunshine nearby: 39.4 hours against mean of 52.1 (76%, 4th dullest out of 13).



2021.

Overall 2021 was a farily average year, with temperatures close to average. Winter 20-21 at 2.5C was cool and wet, athough there was an exceptional cold spell from the middle of January to the middle of February, setting a new record low temperature for the last 25 years (with -11.9 on 11 February). It was the new record coldest spring in my records (7.1C). Summer saw around average temperatures, and was wet. Unusually though the highest temperature of the year occurred in autumn, with 27.1C on 8 September. Autumn was quite warm and somewhat dry. The first frost was relatively late (28 November, with a mean first frost around here of 6 November).


January 2021

A very cold, snowy month, but quite sunny and dry.

Overall mean maximum temperature    3.0 (-2.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     -1.9 (-2.6)

Overall mean temperature                     0.6 (-2.6) (coldest since 2010 and second coldest since at least 2010)

Highest maximum temperature             9.1 on the 11th

Lowest maximum temperature:             -0.8 on the 8th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -6.3 on the 9th

Rain total:                                            60.6 mm (76%) (10th driest since 1995)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     12.0 mm on the 13th

Fog mornings:                               5     

10 snow days, 12 day snow lying (greatest depth 8.0 cm on the 13th) , 23 air frosts, 1 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 5.3 hours against mean of 52.1 (123%, 5th  out of 13).


February 2021

A month of two halves: very cold and snowy first half, very mild second half. The wettest February in my records.

Overall mean maximum temperature    5.9 (-1.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     0.5 (-0.5)

Overall mean temperature                     3.2 (-0.8) (5th coldest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             12.8 on the 27th

Lowest maximum temperature:             -0.7 on the 9th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -11.9 on the 11th (record coldest)

Rain total:                                            164.2 mm (253%) (wettest on record)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     45.8 mm on the 4th (7th highest daily rainfall)

Fog mornings:                               0     

11 snow days, 11 day snow lying (greatest depth 24.0 cm on the 10th) , 11 air frosts, 12 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 52.3 hours against mean of 80.3 (65%, 2nd dullest out of 13; only February 2013 duller).


March 2021

Overall quite mild and dry; an unusually westerly month, and somewhat anticyclonic.

Overall mean maximum temperature    10.2 (+1.0 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     3.5 (+1.4)

Overall mean temperature                     6.8 (+1.2) (5th warmest in last 25 years, warmest since 2012)

Highest maximum temperature             19.2 on the 18th

Lowest maximum temperature:             3.3 on the 3rd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.9 on the 6th

Rain total:                                            46.2 mm (87%) (=12th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     13.6 mm on the 10th

Fog mornings:                               0     

1 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 3 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 103.9 hours against mean of 117.5 (88%, 5th dullest out of 13).

30 March 2021. The minimum of 11.3C is the new record highest minimum for March.


April 2021

Very anticyclonic and very sunny, very dry, and cold, with many frosty nights, with a relatively wet and cloudy final few days. The jet stream was well to the south of us for most of the month keeping us in cold air, with frequent winds from the northerly quadrant (but often there was no wind at all). For the first time in my records here April was colder than March. The cold nights produced an extraodinary deviation from the mean, with the only sub-zero average minimum recorded in April. It was the 4th driest of any month, with only April 1997 and 2017 and September 2014 being drier. The sunshine totals were also prodigious; only 2011 and 2015 were sunnier Aprils, and the only higher titles are found in May, although not often; so I make it the 7th sunniest month of any sort of the last 15 years. Note that high sunshine totals here always occur in spring, not the summer, even though the potential for sunny months is greater nearer the solstice. Overall it was a remarkable month. I've run out of adjectives.

Overall mean maximum temperature    11.3 (-0.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     -0.1 (-3.7)

Overall mean temperature                     5.6 (-2.2) (2nd coldest in last 25 years, only April 2013 was colder - just)

Highest maximum temperature             18.1 on the 22nd

Lowest maximum temperature:             5.2 on the 5th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -4.8 on the 11th - a new record low minimum for April

Rain total:                                            10.6 mm (24%) (3rd driest of April, after 1997 and 2017).

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     2.8 mm on the 27th

Fog mornings:                               0     

1 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 17 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 220.2 hours against mean of 159.9 (138%, 3rd sunniest out of 15, only April 2011 and 2015 sunnier).

11 April 2021. In a blast of Arctic air, with clear skies and a very light wind, a new record minimum of -4.8C.



May 2021

May 2021 in Newtyle was utterly miserable. It was record-breakingly cold, wet, and dull (the new record coldest, new record wettest, and new record dullest). The only good things that can be said about it is that there was only one air frost, and the last five days brought a little warmth and sunshine and respite from the continual heavy rain. There were three very wet days (defined as more than 25.0 mm of rain in  the 9-9 GMT observing day): 3rd, 20th, and 23rd. The maxima were particularly low, with temperatures not exceeding 20C until the 29th. In spite of the longer days sunshine was only slightly more than half of April's total.

Overall mean maximum temperature    12.5 (-2.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     5.0 (-1.1)

Overall mean temperature                     8.8 (-1.8) (coldest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             20.2 on the 29th

Lowest maximum temperature:             8.1 on the 8th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -0.7 on the 7th

Rain total:                                            150.5 mm (236%) (wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            30.0 mm on the 3rd

Fog mornings:                               0     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 1 air frost nights, 0 frost days

1 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 112.3 hours against mean of 184.7 (61%, dullest out of 15).

3 May. 30.0 mm of rain fell today.

7 May. The only air frost of the month, at -0.7.

27 May. At the end of an exceptionally dry month, a drought begins ...


June 2021

June 2021 was the driest in my 25 years of records. It was slightly warmer than average, and somewhat cloudier, but with a few pleasantly warm days. The maximum of 23.9C on the 29th is the highest I know of for that day in the UK, and in line with other local readings. The night before was unusally cold, with a minimum of 2.6C, particularly low for so late in the year. Most of the rain fell on only two days, the 13th and 24th. There were high minima of 15.3 on the 13th and 24th. So after a very dry April, and a record-breakingly wet May, we had a record-breakingly dry June. What an odd three months.

Overall mean maximum temperature    18.4 (+1.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     9.8 +0.7)

Overall mean temperature                     14.1 (+0.9) (4th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             23.9 on the 29th

Lowest maximum temperature:             12.4 on the 19th

Lowest minimum temperature:             2.6 on the 22nd

Rain total:                                            24.2 mm (35%) (driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            13.6 mm on the 24th

Fog mornings:                               0     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 1 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 127.9 hours against mean of 132.3 (90%, 7th dullest out of 19).

10 June. A minimum of 15.3C, the second highest minimum for June in my records; repeated again on the 24th.

13 June. A 17-day drought ends with 7.8 mm of rain overnight.

22 June. With a minimum of 2.6C the coldest night of the month, at a remarkably late date.

23 June. With a maximum of 23.9C Newtyle could be the warmest place in the country today ...


July 2021

July 2021 was warm, sunny, and quite dry. There was a drought midmonth, with most of the rainfall falling on just a few days at the beginning and end of the month. The warm weather came to an end on the 27th with a significant thunderstorm in the early hours of the following night. However, given the position of the high bringing the hot weather to the south, it was a very easterly month, which here on the east coast means low cloud, haar, and temperatures kept down. Nevertheless it often cleared for a good few hours in the afternoon giving plenty of hot sunshine.

Overall mean maximum temperature    20.8 (+1.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     12.4 (+1.5)

Overall mean temperature                     16.6 (+1.4) (4th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             26.2 on the 17th

Lowest maximum temperature:             15.3 on the 6th

Lowest minimum temperature:             5.6 on the 2nd

Rain total:                                            58.5 mm (74%) (11th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            22.4 mm on the 27th

Fog mornings:                               0     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 0 air frost nights, 0 frost days

2 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 153.9 hours against mean of 152.7 (101%, 6th sunniest out of 16).

2 July. A very low minimum of July of 5.6 (4th coldest).

12 July - 26 July inclusive. Yet another drought.

27 July. A major thunderstorm nearby in the early hours of the 28th. 11.2 mm of rain fell in one hour. At its height there were more than one strikes a minute.


August 2021

August 2021 was a very average month overall, but with a wet and unsettled first half, and dry and anticyclonic from the 22nd. However the blocking high brought mostly easterly winds, which gave varying amounts of cloud and fog, particularly in the morning.

Overall mean maximum temperature    19.1 (+0.2 Cº)

Overall mean minimum temperature     11.2 (+0.6)

Overall mean temperature                     15.1 (+0.3) (=6th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             23.8 on the 24th

Lowest maximum temperature:             15.4 on the 30th

Lowest minimum temperature:             5.1 on the 31st

Rain total:                                            79.2 mm (96%) (11th wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            26.8 mm on the 5th

Fog mornings:                               4     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 0 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 129.6 hours against mean of 131.7 (98%, 8th sunniest out of 15).

6 August. Rainfall total of 26.8.

23 August. It turns much drier.


September 2021

September 2021 in Newtyle was an anticyclonic month, and overall was mostly warm and dry. It turned cooler and much more unsettled from the 26th. There was a particularly warm spell early on the month; 27.2 ºC on the 8th is by some way the hottest September day I have recorded here. The month was marked yet again by an absence of very strong winds. Sunshine was close to average.

Overall mean maximum temperature    17.6 (+1.0 ºC)

Overall mean minimum temperature     10.6 (+1.6)

Overall mean temperature                     14.1 (+1.3) (4th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature              27.1 on the 8th *

Lowest maximum temperature:              10.9 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:               3.0 on the 30th

Rain total:                                               49.2 mm (87%) (12th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:              12.0 mm on the 18th

Fog mornings:                                3     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 0 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 126.3 hours (data from John Brush at Auchterhouse) against mean of 122.8 (103%, 7th sunniest out of 16).

26 September. Turning unsettled.



October 2021

October 2021 in Newtyle was quite warm, wet, and cloudy; the end of the month was particularly wet and windy, with localised flooding. The month was notable for an absence of low temperatures: there were no air frosts, and just one ground frost, on the 31st. Again there were few strong winds, with only the final day of the month coming close to gale force. The 29th and 31st counted as “very wet” days, with more than an inch of rain - 26.2 and 29.4 mm respectively. Although these are not exceptional daily totals (they don’t make the top 30 rainfall totals for the previous 25 years), their close proximity caused serious problems for travel and property. Fungi were particularly good this month.

Overall mean maximum temperature    12.9 (+0.4 ºC)

Overall mean minimum temperature     7.4 (+1.3)

Overall mean temperature                     10.1 (+0.8) (5th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature              17.2 on the 7th

Lowest maximum temperature:              9.4 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:               1.1 on the 31st

Rain total:                                               115.2 mm (130%) (8th wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:              29.4 mm on the 31st

Fog mornings:                                2     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 0 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 66.2 hours (data from John Brush at Auchterhouse) against mean of 89.3 (74%, 2nd dullest out of 15).


29 October. A very wet day (26.2 mm).

31 October. Another very wet day (29.4).


November 2021

November 2021 in Newtyle was quite warm and dry, with a notable gale.

Overall mean maximum temperature    9.5 (+0.8 ºC)

Overall mean minimum temperature     3.6 (+0.7)

Overall mean temperature                     6.5 (+0.7) (=10th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature              14.3 on the 8th

Lowest maximum temperature:              2.2 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -2.1 on the 29th

Rain total:                                              38.2 mm (47%) (5th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:              11.6 mm on the 30th

Fog mornings:                                1     

2 snow days, 1 day snow lying , 3 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 1 gales

Sunshine nearby: 78.1 hours (data from John Brush at Auchterhouse) against mean of 75.6 (103%, 6th sunniest out of 15).

26 November. Storm Arwen is the first proper gale in some time, and what a gale, bring devastation, particularly to East Scotland and NE England, with many homes losing power. We rarely lost power, but we lost it from 5.30 on Friday for nearly 48 hours. Many thanks to all the engineers who worked hard in horrible conditions to restore power. Nearby 71 mph gust was recorded, with a ten-minute a average of 41, although higher fusts were reported near the coast.



December 2021

December 2021 in Newtyle was a fairly typical December for here, although there were several days with a marked absence of sunshine. It was the coldest since 2017. While it was exceptionally warm in many areas of the UK at the end of the month, it was merely mild here, but not exceptionally so.

Overall mean maximum temperature    5.7 (-0.4 ºC)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.0 (+0.1)

Overall mean temperature                     3.4 (+0) (=12th coldest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature              0.8 on the 21st

Lowest maximum temperature:              2.2 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.9 on the 6th

Rain total:                                              82.7 mm (114%) (8th wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:              16.6 mm on the 23rd

Fog mornings:                                8     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 11 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 42.7 hours (data from John Brush at Auchterhouse) against a long-term mean of 54.4 (78%, making it the 5th dullest out of 16). The mean as often hides a more complicated picture beuase there were a record 16 days without any sunshine, so while we had some gloriously sunny days, my abiding memory is of relentless gloom and low cloud.



2022.


Winter 2021-22 was relatively mild and dry overall.

January 2022 in Newtyle was mild, quite sunny, and very dry. The month started very mild and unsettled, and then became anticyclonic and dry for most of the month, before ending on a very windy note. It was a very westerly month, with a complete absence of E and NE winds that usually bring the very cold weather. There were very few frosts and the lowest temperature of the month was "only" -2.3.There were gales on the 28-29th and 30th, bringing down more trees, to close the month.

Overall mean maximum temperature    7.5 (+1.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     2.2 (+1.5)

Overall mean temperature                     4.9 (+1.6) (3rd warmest in last 25 years behind 2000 and 2020)

Highest maximum temperature             12.7 on the 1st

Lowest maximum temperature:             1.3 on the 9th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -2.9 on the 10th

Rain total:                                              17.6 mm (23%) (2nd driest, only 2019 was drier)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:             5.0 mm on the 1st

Fog mornings:                                        1

1 snow day, 0 day snow lying , 8 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 2 gales

Sunshine nearby: 84.3 hours (134%, 3rd sunniest out of 15; data from John Brush at Auchterhouse).


February 2022

February 2022 in Newtyle overall was slightly milder and wetter than average, but also quite sunny. It was often very windy, although we missed the strongest of the winds, the village being relatively sheltered. There was a marked absence of frost.

Overall mean maximum temperature    7.4 (+0.4C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.3 (+0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     4.3 (+0.3) (20th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             10.4 on the 1st

Lowest maximum temperature:             2.1 on the 18th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -4.3 on the 11th

Rain total:                                              79.2 mm (121%) (8th wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:             10.4 mm on the 19th

Fog mornings:                                        0

8 snow days, 4 days snow lying , 9 air frost nights, 13 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales (technically, although there were gale force winds on 2 days)

Sunshine nearby: 106.1 hours (124%, 3rd sunniest out of 15; data from John Brush at Auchterhouse).

11 February. A minimum of -4.3, making it the coldest night of winter 2021-22.

18 February (Friday) saw a notable fall of wet snow to a level depth of about 8 cm as we sat on the northern flank of Storm Eunice.


March 2022

March 2022 in Newtyle overall was slightly milder and drier than average, but it was also very sunny. It was quite wet and unsettled for the two weeks, but there was then a long dry spell until the month finished with a couple of much colder days with biting wind from the north and showers. Day time temperatures were often mild, but there were many frosty nights.

Overall mean maximum temperature    12.0 (-0.1 ºC)

Overall mean minimum temperature     3.3 (-0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     7.7 (+0.3) (=11th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             18.6 on the 27th

Lowest maximum temperature:             5.4 on the 2nd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.3 on the 6th

Rain total:                                              45.4 mm (85%) (12th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:             16.8 mm on the 11th

Fog mornings:                                        3

0 snow days, 0 days snow lying , 12 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 171.0 hours (140%, 2nd sunniest out of 17, beaten only by March 2012; data from John Brush at Auchterhouse).


April 2022

April 2022 in Newtyle overall was an average month, although it was quite dry.

Overall mean maximum temperature    10.7 (+1.5 ºC)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.3 (-0.8)

Overall mean temperature                     7.7 (-0.1) (=11th coldest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             16.7 on the 22nd

Lowest maximum temperature:             6.2 on the 2nd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -2.9 on the 1st

Rain total:                                              31.8 mm (72%) (9th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:             7.2 mm on the 5th

Fog mornings:                                        3

0 snow days, 0 days snow lying , 5 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 150.9 hours (95%, 8th sunniest out of 17; April sunshine totals are highly skewed).