Weather Report – October 2014
Following the dry September in Plymtree it was all change in October. As I used to say to my former colleagues, “change of month change of weather type”! Of course this has not been scientifically proven nor does it happen every month! During the month there were only 8 completely dry days, with the most significant rainfall occurring on the evening of the 16th when 27mm fell in less than an hour during a thunderstorm, causing localised flooding. The total rainfall I measured for the month was 111.9mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 117.6mm. This means that we received 95% of the Dunkeswell average. There were 17 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm) which compares to an average of 14.7 days for Dunkeswell. The highest temperature recorded was 21.0°C on the 2nd. The lowest temperature, 0.9°C, was recorded on the 5th. It is interesting to note that I recorded a maximum temperature of 19.0°C on the 31st. The strongest wind occurred early on the morning of the 21st when a gust of 34.9mph was recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green. This was associated with the passage of the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo.