Weather Report – January 2019
In Plymtree the dry spell that started at the end of December continued until the 12th January. From then on for the remainder of the month it was more unsettled, although amounts of rain were generally small, with only 1 day when the total exceeded 10mm. There were a few short cold spells with sharp overnight frosts and the last few days of the month saw our first significant wintry weather. During the early morning of the 29th there were a few heavy snow showers which gave a covering of about 1cm, then on the 31st rain which started in the afternoon gradually turned to snow and began to lay, to the extent that I measured a snow depth of 3cm the following morning. Interestingly Dunkeswell on the Blackdown Hills recorded a snow depth of 14cm, probably because it fell as snow there for the whole period. The total rainfall I measured for the month was 56.6mm. The average (1981-2010) at Dunkeswell Airfield is 112.5mm. This means that we received 50% of the Dunkeswell average. The wettest day of January was the 18th with 16.0mm. There were only 9 rain days (rainfall ≥ 1mm), which compares to an average of 15.6 days for Dunkeswell, and 17 days with no measurable rainfall. The highest temperature I recorded during January was 11.1°C on the 13th. The lowest temperature, -7.0°C was recorded on the 31st. Like December it was generally quite a windy month and there were 19 days when a gust of more than 20mph was recorded by Pete Draper at Normans Green. The strongest wind during January occurred during the morning of the 27th when a gust of 35.8mph was recorded.