Bournemouth experiences one of the wettest and sunniest months on record in February 2014

Bournemouth experiences one of the wettest and sunniest months on record in February 2014

Bournemouth experiences one of the wettest and sunniest months on record in February 2014

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Bournemouth saw one of the wettest and sunniest winter months in February in more than 100 years.

Bournemouth Metrological Registrar Charles Thomas said the contrast of wetter than average and sunnier than average conditions was greater than in any previous winter month since January 1906.

Most of the month's rain fell in the first fortnight with Bournemouth seeing  a total of 151.3mm rainfall overall.

Gales were recorded on nine days of the month with gusts reaching 68mph at Hurn Airport on February 14.

Only four Februaries were sunnier, yet just three were wetter. In 1990, 183.3mm of rain fell during the month, in 1937, 154.7mm of rain fell and in 1951, 153.4mm of rain was recorded.

It was also the third February when no air frosts were recorded in Bournemouth.

See all our weather stories, pictures and video at bournemouthecho.co.uk/dorsetweather

Summary

  • Highest maximum temperature recorded: 12.9C. 55F. on the 18th
  • Lowest minimum temperature recorded: 2.0C. 36F. on the 4th
  • Mean maximum temperature: 10.53C. 51F. (average 8.59C.)
  • Mean minimum temperature: 4.86C. 41F. (average 2.48C.)
  • Total rainfall: 151.3 mm. (average 63.8 mm.)
  • Greatest 24-hour rainfall: 24.7 mm. on the 6th
  • Days with measurable rain: 26 (joint record with Feb. 1937 – average 12.9)
  • Total sunshine: 116.1 hours (average 82.5 hrs.)
  • Days without sunshine: 3
  • Air frosts: Nil
  • Days with thunder: 1

Barometric pressure

  • Highest: 1013.2 mb on the 26th
  • Lowest: 977.5 mb on the 5th

The winter (December to February) was easily the wettest on record, the total rainfall of 589.5 mm. comfortably beating the previous highest figure of 509.7 mm. set in 1989/90. Only 5 winters were milder but all of them occurred in the last 40 years. The total sunshine was somewhat above average.

Summary of the winter

  • Mean temperature: 7.31C. (average 5.65C.)
  • Total sunshine: 229.0 hours (average 206 hrs.)
  • Total rainfall: 589.5 mm. (record – average 253.4 mm.)
  • Days with measurable rain: 74 (record – average 45)

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10:30am Tue 4 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Bournemouth saw one of the wettest and sunniest winter months in February in more than 100 years.
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Thank goodness for the Bournemouth Echo, I would never have known that it had been that wet during February.
I always believed that the news media told us stories that we were not initially already aware of.
Bournemouth saw one of the wettest and sunniest winter months in February in more than 100 years. . Thank goodness for the Bournemouth Echo, I would never have known that it had been that wet during February. I always believed that the news media told us stories that we were not initially already aware of. Hessenford
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11:07am Tue 4 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

So as with January, apart from an unusual rain/sun contrast nothing very remarkable about the February weather at all - even in the extremely short period covered by our local weather records clearly none of them were broken.

So what on earth was all the fuss about, I am becoming a firm believer in political and media led 'man made climate change hysteria'!
So as with January, apart from an unusual rain/sun contrast nothing very remarkable about the February weather at all - even in the extremely short period covered by our local weather records clearly none of them were broken. So what on earth was all the fuss about, I am becoming a firm believer in political and media led 'man made climate change hysteria'! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

11:28am Tue 4 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

muscliffman wrote:
So as with January, apart from an unusual rain/sun contrast nothing very remarkable about the February weather at all - even in the extremely short period covered by our local weather records clearly none of them were broken.

So what on earth was all the fuss about, I am becoming a firm believer in political and media led 'man made climate change hysteria'!
No such thing as climate change, just bad weather., first it was the ozone layer depleting, when that closed it was global warming, when it turned colder we then had climate change, this scaremongering keeps thousands of people in exceptionally highly paid jobs, is it any wonder they keep on with their same old predictions for 100 years in the future, which I find weird as they cant even predict the weather for next week with any certainty.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: So as with January, apart from an unusual rain/sun contrast nothing very remarkable about the February weather at all - even in the extremely short period covered by our local weather records clearly none of them were broken. So what on earth was all the fuss about, I am becoming a firm believer in political and media led 'man made climate change hysteria'![/p][/quote]No such thing as climate change, just bad weather., first it was the ozone layer depleting, when that closed it was global warming, when it turned colder we then had climate change, this scaremongering keeps thousands of people in exceptionally highly paid jobs, is it any wonder they keep on with their same old predictions for 100 years in the future, which I find weird as they cant even predict the weather for next week with any certainty. Hessenford
  • Score: 2

11:58am Tue 4 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

My gas bill was down how green is that.
My gas bill was down how green is that. Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Lord Spring wrote:
My gas bill was down how green is that.
Don't panic it will soon go back up, in fact Mr Putin is dealing with that as we write!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: My gas bill was down how green is that.[/p][/quote]Don't panic it will soon go back up, in fact Mr Putin is dealing with that as we write! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

beachcomber1 says...

sunniest?
sunniest? beachcomber1
  • Score: 0

2:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BarrHumbug says...

muscliffman wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
My gas bill was down how green is that.
Don't panic it will soon go back up, in fact Mr Putin is dealing with that as we write!
I'll bet the energy suppliers were worried for a minute there what with the mild weather but now they have the perfect excuse to hike prices no matter what happens ;)
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: My gas bill was down how green is that.[/p][/quote]Don't panic it will soon go back up, in fact Mr Putin is dealing with that as we write![/p][/quote]I'll bet the energy suppliers were worried for a minute there what with the mild weather but now they have the perfect excuse to hike prices no matter what happens ;) BarrHumbug
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