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2006 Yearly Summaries

Andy Bown

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Please add in this thread your statistics and any reports for the year of 2006.

I won't list the Westbury, Wiltshire stats for each month in turn, instead just the collated figures are listed. Surprisingly, it isn't that much warmer (half a degree, probably more due to min temps) overall than 2005 and is very near to the 2004 figure. The most notable features are the increased rainfall and highest ever temperature recorded here.

2006 average max = 14.57c

2006 average min = 6.87c

2006 mean = 10.72c (0.50c warmer than 2005 and 0.07c warmer than 2004)

Highest = 36c (19th July)

Lowest = -7c (10th Feb, 4th March)

Dry days = 176

Precipitation days = 189 (of which 24 = snow, sleet, hail)

Rainfall = 929mm (97mm more than 2005)

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  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Continental winters & summers.
  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset

Happy New Year Andy!

Here's my year summary for 2006:


January: 57.9mm (below average)

February: 53.2mm (average)

March: 132.5mm (above average)

April: 66.9mm (average)

May: 156.9mm (well above average)

June: 42.9mm (below average)

July: 71.2mm (average)

August: 70.7mm (average)

September: 83.0mm (average)

October: 150.6mm (above average)

November: 173.3mm (above average)

December: 139.2m (above average)

Monthly Average Temperatures

January: 3.1C (4.7C)

February: 2.3C (3.3C)

March: 5.9C (7.2C)

April: 10.9C (11.4C)

May: 15.0C (14.2C)

June: 19.6C (18.2C)

July: 21.4C (19.0C)

August: 18.6C (19.2C)

September: 16.8C (16.3C)

October: 13.6C (13.5C)

November: 8.7C (4.9C)

December: 6.1C (2.7C)

The figures in brackets are the monthly averages for 2005.

Wettest Day: Sunday 1st October (34.5mm)

Coldest Day: Friday 10th February (average of -2.9C & a minimum of -5.9C)

Hottest Day: Tuesday 18th July (average of 26.0C & a maximum of 34.3C)

Snowiest Day: Wednesday 1st March (10.5 inches)

Windiest Day: Sunday 3rd December (average wind speed of 39MPH & highest gust of 92MPH)

Wet Days: 159

Dry Days: 206

Thunderstorms: 17

Snow Coverings: 3

A very interesting year. Note that most of the rain that fell in July was in the form of thunderstorms or torrential downpours.

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  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme winter cold,heavy bowing snow,freezing fog.Summer 2012
  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet

Hi all, below are my stats for 2006.

According to my records 2006 turned out to be the warmest ever year, with my average for Burton finishing at 11c, :o see attached spread sheet for detail.


or Link Here for full monthly reports for 2006.


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  • Location: Tonbridge, Kent
  • Location: Tonbridge, Kent

Overall a warm year despite a cool first quarter, possibly the warmest year in my site records though 2003 runs it very close (data collection started in 1984, but I don't have a way to calculate true temperature mean prior to 2004).

Monthly rain totals were mostly below average but it was a rather wet autumn although the yearly rainfall was still below average.It is the 4th successive year with below average rainfall, and for the 3rd year running no daily total exceeded 20mm. Sunshine was probably near average.

Most notable for 2006 were the exceptionally warm July and September separated by a rather cool wet and dull August, with June also very warm though less so than 2003.


Yearly Mean Temp: 11.3 ºC

Average max: 15.3 ºC ..... ( 1.5C ABOVE average )

Average min: 8.1 ºC ..... ( 0.8C ABOVE average )

Highest max: 36.1 ºC ( 19 July - site alltime July record maximum)

Lowest max: 0.8 ºC ( 1 Feb )

Lowest min: -4.8 ºC ( 25 Jan )

Highest min: 18.4 ºC ( 22 July)

Warmest Day 24h Mean 25.4 ºC ( 19 July )

Coldest Day 24h Mean -1.4 ºC ( 24 Jan )

No of Days max => 30 ºC 11 days

No of Days max => 25 ºC 36 days

No of Days max <= 5 ºC 22 days

No.of Days with air frost: 31 days

No.of Ice Days: 0 days

Low THW Heat Index: -4.8 ºC ( 25 Jan )

Low Wind Chill -5.0 ºC ( 25 Jan )

High THW Heat Index: 35.2 ºC ( 19 July )

High THSW Sun Index: 41.4 ºC ( 19 July )

Lowest RH%: 18 % ( 19 July )

Lowest DP: -10.0 ºC ( 1 & 5 March )

Highest DP: 20.6 ºC ( 13 June )

Rain total: 622.2 mm ( 89% of Average )

Wettest day: 19.8 mm ( 30 Dec )

Rain Days ( measurable ): 160 days ( +4 against average )

Rain Days ( => 1mm ): 119 days ( +3 against average )

High Rain Rate: 110.7 mm/hr ( 11 Oct )

EvapoTranspiration Total: 573.3 mm

Wind Speed Average for year: 2.1 mph

Wind Speed Highest Average : 24.3 mph ( 30 Dec )

Wind Speed High Gust: 35 mph ( 25 Nov & 30 Dec )

Dominant Wind Direction: SSW (35%) followed by N, NNW, SE ( 16% calm readings )

Mean Barometer: 1015.0 hPa

Low Barometer: 979.3 hPa ( 23 Nov )

High Barometer: 1043.5 hPa ( 21 & 22 Dec )

Sunshine: 973.2 hours calculated with limited sensor exposure, estimate 1550 hrs actual annual total ( near average)

* average at this site 1984 - 2005


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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Cleadon Weather Summary for 2006:

Mean max 13.6C (+1.2)

Mean min 7.1C (+0.9)

Mean temp 10.4C (+1.1)

Overall it was the warmest year on record. The next warmest year that I recorded was 2002 with 10.2C. Local records suggest that the years of 1949 and 1990 probably also returned outturns of around 10.2C.

Precipitation: 481mm (74%) Remarkably, this year was even drier than 2003, and thus it was probably the driest in the area since 1989.

Air frosts: 27 (lowest since 2004)

Snow falling: 19 days (lowest since 2003)

Snow lying: 6 days (lowest since 2002)

Thunder: 5 days (lowest since 2002)

Sunshine was well above average- judging from Met Office maps it probably made around 1600 hours here, but it wasn't as sunny as 1989, 1995 or 2003, all of which broke the 1700 hours barrier. By comparison, the 1971-2000 average sunshine is around 1450 hours.

A brief rundown of the months:

January- dry and cloudy, slightly on the mild side but the coldest since 2001

February- dry

March- coldest since 2001 and snowiest since 1979, despite the exceptionally mild last week, sunny first week but otherwise dull

April- wintry first third, a very sunny month overall- about as sunny as April 2002, which was the sunniest in the area since 1990

May- wet but also quite sunny

June- dry, very sunny until the 12th, then often cloudy, indeed it probably had less sunshine than last year's June

July- hottest and sunniest on record, and also very dry

August- very dull (dullest since 1986)

September- exceptionally warm, quite sunny

October- very warm

November- mild dry and sunny, almost as sunny as last year's

December- mild sunny wet first half, cloudy dry last week

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  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland

Here's what I can be bothered to deduce.

Average daily maximum 12.8º

Highest daily maximum 31.2º (July 18th)

Lowest daily maximum -1.6º (December 24th)

Average daily minimum 5.3º

Highest daily minimum 15.3º (July 20th)

Lowest daily minimum -8.2º (March 3rd and 4th)

Yearly average temperature 9.0º

No of air frosts 61

Total rainfall 1160.2mm

Wettest day 35.8mm (January 10th)

No of wet days (0.2mm or above) 221

No of days in excess of 20mm of rain 8

Highest wind gust 61mph

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

Here is the report for the year from the driest and Sunniest Part of the Uk


Jan = 19mm

Feb = 28mm

Mar = 30mm

Apr = 48mm

May = 74mm

Jun = 21mm

Jul = 13mm

Aug = 63mm

Sep = 30mm

Oct = 63mm

Nov = 36mm

Dec = 50mm

Yearly Total of 475mm or just under 40mm per month

May was the Wettest Month followed by August & October

Wettest Day = 23rd October with 22.6mm

2nd Wett Day = 10th April with 21.1mm

3rd Wett Day = 22nd August with 20.6mm

Yearly Average Temp of 11.96c

Yeary Sunshine of 1,811 hours

Sunniest Month = July with 318.48 hours

Dullest Month = January with 55.13 hours

Number of Rain days 162/365

Paul Sherman

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

By the way I made an error it's the 2nd warmest year for us at 10.7C. The warmest year since 1999.

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  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

Year 2006

Warmest Max: 29.9°C (on 28/07/06)

Coldest Max: 2.1°C (on 01/02/06)

Warmest Min: 18.2°C (on 28/07/06)

Coldest Min: -5.4°C (on 03/03/06)

Average Max: 14.8°C (+1.5°C Above Running 1971-2000 Average)

Average Min: 7.5°C (+1.4°C Above Running 1971-2000 Average)

Overall Average: 11.13°C (+1.43°C Above Running 1971-2000 Average)

Rain: 605.8mm (107% Of Normal)

Wettest Day: 22/09/06 (24.3mm)

Air Frosts: 23 (Below average of 38)

Days With Snow: 11

Snow lying at 0900: 3 days (Below average of 10 days)

Dry Days: 158

Wet Days: 208

Days With Rain >1.0mm: 128

Thunderstorms: 23

The warmest year on record and the first to achieve an annual average above 11°C. Every single month was above average except March, with June, July, September and October all more than 2°C above the long-term values. The period May - Dec was also 2.1°C above average. Rainfall was close to average, though the year contained several exceptionally dry (Jan, Jun, Jul) and wet (May, Aug) months.

The winter months January and February were almost completely snowless, with a dusting on the morning of the 28th Feb the only event. There was also an abundance of calm and cloudy weather, meaning frosts were few and far between, though there were a few cold days. The coldest of these was 1st Feb, with a maxima of only 2.1°C. January also saw only two days with double digit maxima, as evidenced by an average maximum of only 6.9°C (+0.2°C). February however saw a correction, with six consecutive days reaching above 10°C.

Spring was the coldest since 2001, mainly due to a remarkable March. Under a cold and northerly airstream, the average for the month sat at 3.3°C (-2.8°C) by the 23rd, though an average of 11.2°C in the last 7 days meant the month finished at 5.2°C (-0.9°C). The month did not disappoint for snow events however, with appreciable coverings on the 3rd, 4th and 14th. April saw the usual showery weather, with very little fluctuation in temperatures. The last frost was observed on the 10th, though the month was snowless. May was then a month of two halves, with a warm and sunny start and the first 20°C recorded on the 3rd, followed by six further 20+°C days by the 17th. The remaining days were then very cool and wet, with the rainfall ending up at 92.1mm, or 212% of average!

Summer was exceptionally warm, beating 2003 with ease. June and July were the warmest Ive ever recorded and exceptionally dry aswell. Only 29mm of rain fell in the two months - 34% of average. July saw a remarkable run of 14 days above 25°C, with numerous days where the minima fell no lower than 15°C. Suprising though was August, which was exceptionally wet (111.7mm - 229% of Average) and saw only 3 days above 23°C. It was still above average due to very high minima however. In fact, no day fell below 10°C, the first time a month has done so since July 2003. Amazingly, the season as a whole saw close to average rainfall.

Autumn was another record breaker. It saw uniformly warm weather without a single frost. September was the warmest on record, with 18 days above 20°C and only 2 days with minima below 10°C. The theme continued during October, with the first sub-5°C minima recorded only on the 31st. Suprisingly for such warm months, rainfall was well above average, though this was due mainly to several single very wet days. November was then pretty uneventful, with very little variation in maxima or minima values. There were no days above 14.3°C, and none below 1.3°C - making it frostless for the first time since 2002. December remained much the same, being mild, zonal, snowless and almost frostless. The first air frost of the winter was seen on the 21st, during the only real below average spell of the season.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

data for 2006 for my weather station.

They are in Excel format


for rainfall totals please see my web site data sheets under Davis in the Statistics


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