Weather Report – September 2014
In Plymtree September was a remarkable month for its lack of rain. During the month there were 23 completely dry days, in particular from the 2nd to the 17th. The only noteworthy rainfall event occurred early in the morning on the 19th when nearly 2 inches of rain fell in about 3 hours during a thunderstorm, causing some localised flooding in and around the village. The exact total for this storm was 49.5mm but because rainfall readings are taken at 0900GMT and the figures attributed to the previous day the attached graph for the month shows a total of 48.5mm on the 18th and 1.0mm on the 19th. The rain didn’t in fact stop until after 10am (9am GMT). The total rainfall I measured for the month was 50.5mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 81.6mm. This means that we received 62% of the Dunkeswell average. There were only 2 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm) which compares to an average of 10.6 days for Dunkeswell. The highest temperature recorded was 24.6°C on the 16th. The lowest temperature, 3.2°C, was recorded on the 23rd. It was also a very warm month overall with my average daily maximum temperature being 21.7°C. The strongest wind occurred on the afternoon of the 11th when a gust of 30.4mph was recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green.