March 2015

Weather Report – March 2015

In Plymtree the weather during March followed a similar pattern to the rest of the country with a generally unsettled first half, although rainfall amounts were mainly small, followed by a dry and settled spell from the 14th to the 24th and then a more unsettled final week, although again rainfall amounts were generally small. The total rainfall I measured for the month was 46.5mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 79.9mm. This means that we received only 58% of the Dunkeswell average and the 3rd month in a row with below average rainfall. Although there were some wintery showers during the month there was no lying snow recorded. The wettest day of the month was the 12th with 13.0mm (0900 on 12th to 0900 on 13th). However, the 24 hour total for this rainfall event was 17mm, as it spanned 2 rainfall days. There were 9 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm), which compares to an average of 12.7 days for Dunkeswell. The highest temperature I recorded during March was 15.4°C on the 7th and there were several days when the maximum temperature didn’t get above 10°C, the coldest day being the 13th with a maximum of 4.6°C. The lowest temperature,

-4.2°C was recorded on the 5th. The strongest wind during March occurred during the early hours of the 31st when a gust of 52.6mph was recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green.

Mike Ayles