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How Dry Has Feb 09 Been?


damianslaw

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

For me at least it has felt like a very dry February indeed, in fact I can't recall any real occasion when we have experienced and real heavy rain - quite unusual given my location. The past 2 weeks in particular have been very dry indeed. Would be interesting to note what the stats are showing for england and wales and whether anyone has any local stats for there areas. Expecting north western parts of england to perhaps have been the driest part of England this month.

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  • Location: South-West Norfolk
  • Location: South-West Norfolk

Well by the 20th the local weather had said that rainfall had already been above average, so certainly not dry - does the snow not count, surely that must be included in the figures, in which case it must have been above average most places.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
Well by the 20th the local weather had said that rainfall had already been above average, so certainly not dry - does the snow not count, surely that must be included in the figures, in which case it must have been above average most places.

Yes am expecting much of southern, central and eastern england to record higher than average rainfall figures this month with a marked decrease in levels the further north and west you go when compared to the average.

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.

It has been quite dry here, apart from the snow of course.

Just checked a couple of local sites with rainfall records, and South Shields has had 28.2mm, with Newton Aycliffe getting 21mm.

If you look at last Feb at Newton Aycliffe there was only 8mm, so it's been wet compared with that. Average since 2004 at Newton Aycliffe is 36mm.

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

Here it is wetter than the last three years. Due to the marginality of the snow events earlier in the month we just had lots of rain instead most of the time.

The 1971-2000 average is 38.3mm here in February and so far we've had 59.0mm, so 154% of normal. February 2008 saw just 28.3mm.

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  • Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex
  • Weather Preferences: Winter Snow, extreme weather, mainly sunny mild summers though.
  • Location: Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

I always associate February as being one of the driest months of the year, not sure if the stats would support this though. Interestingly we have mainly had snow here in the way of PPN this month, this being in the 1st 10 days or so of course, since then its just been dull and overcast particularly since last Sunday, the last three days could be quite sunny and mild though I expect and remaining dry.

So a graph would show a big PPN spike 1st,2nd, then 2 small ones, another spike up around the 10th, then nothing............... :)

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  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)
  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)

Very dry here, only 28mm so far, about a third of the average.

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District

The driest Feb' since 1998 here, unless there's a substantial fall between now and the end of the month, which seems very unlikely. 38.1mm so far this month and the 30 year February average is 83mm

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  • Location: Teston, Kent (3mls SW of Maidstone)
  • Location: Teston, Kent (3mls SW of Maidstone)

According to Philip Eden's Climate UK site England and Wales are only a little below average:-

E&W Rain: (Feb 1-25): 53.2mm ( 90 per cent)

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  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury
  • Weather Preferences: Enjoy the weather, you can't take it with you 😎
  • Location: Evesham/ Tewkesbury

We managed 38.8mms of rain and compare that to the average for this area of 50mms [2inches] so we have had about [77%] of our normal rainfall , the second half completly dry. The old saying of "February fill dyke" does not actually mean that this month is very wet. In fact its one of the driest months in the uk and the very old saying has come about that farmers ,growers who depended on the rainfall would offer a prayer up to the gods to fill the rivers /streams etc etc, so that they would have enough water for the fourthcoming growing season and as February was notouriously dry they hoped there so called gods would give more rain then what they normally had during this month! :) :winky: :yahoo: :o

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

53.2 mm of rain so far this month compared to Eastbourne's official 15.2 mm (8 rain days) for last February, 111.1 mm (16 rain days) for Feb 2007 and 81.4mm (14 rains days for Feb 2006).

Average for February 2001 to 2005 was 25.7 mm (12 rain days) so twice that average this year.

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  • Location: SE London
  • Location: SE London

have not got any data figures to call on, but here in SE London it has been very dry so far this month, other then the snow event we have hardly had any PPN. this follows on from a dry January

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl

Thanks for everyones response to this thread - noted the manchester and wales recordings and as thought the north west part of england and wales looks to have been the driest part of the country this month - not surprised given we missed most of the snow early in the month and the past 2 weeks have been very dry indeed.

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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral

12mm here this month, which is a little below average, however that's to be expected, this area is in a significant rain shadow.

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

Off the top of my head I've recorded in excess of 3 inches (75mm +) this month mainly due to 3 large snowfall totals and a very wet day on 9 Feb. The accurate total will be posted on the forum on Sunday.

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  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.
  • Location: Powys Mid Wales borders.

It`s been extremely dry as far as just rainfall is, near enough non measurable.

Melting snowfall gave all the wet fields earlier in the month and high streams but I`ve only recorded 0.5inches all month, raingauge not very clever on recording melting snow.

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  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

Very dry for February, just 29mm.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

Due to the snowfall then snowmelt coupled with a severe rainfall event, February was actually wetter than average here, with 109.0mm falling. This is despite the very dry second half.

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  • Location: Reading
  • Location: Reading

A quick look across one or two stations in the Reading area shows rainfall around 40-50mm for February, close to average. We didn't get an enormous amount of snowfall and the second half of the month has been notably dry, but February 9 was a very wet day giving 30mm+ in places.

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  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)
  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)

Driest month since April 2007, only 28mm here, we get plenty of wet days with more than that!

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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral

Ended up with 12.8mm - although I got 0.2mm yesterday.

Still the soil is cracking up in the places where the sun has become stronger and with no overnight dew/frosts to ensure moisture does not escape at night it's all becoming very dry out of the permanently shady places indeed.

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  • Location: Truro, Cornwall
  • Weather Preferences: Winter - Heavy Snow Summer - Hot with Night time Thunderstorms
  • Location: Truro, Cornwall

Just 22mm fell here last month according to Netweather. It certainly has been very dry in rainfall terms.

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  • Location: Dunoon, Argyll Scotland
  • Location: Dunoon, Argyll Scotland

Forecasts from net weather said 16% lower the average for Western Scotland in February we had only 54.1mm.

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