Sunday, 4 September 2011

Confusion wet or dry?

September has started pleasantly mild and for us like the months before it is dry. Some reports I've seen suggest August was a wet month and I've no doubt that in some places it was. Here the whole of spring and summer has been very dry and we are awaiting some autumn rains to replenish the dry soil. At least now, once watered, the ground stays damper. I've produced some charts showing the different conditions recorded between Ossett and Edinburgh throughout 2011. I've used Edinburgh because the figures are readily available from Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens.
The same theme continued for August with Ossett experiencing higher maximum temperatures but with little to choose between the two minimums.
Edinburgh wins hands down again this month on rainfall receiving more rain in August (149.6mm) than Ossett managed in the last 6 months (134.9mm).

We wait to see what September has in store for us.


  1. Stunning analysis Martyn. How do you do that?

    I did tell you August was wet!

    The one Ednburgh stat that sticks in my mind is that the maximum temperature recorded since records began at RBGE is 30 degrees C. We reckon on a 2 degree gain whenever we go south. Perhaps we have under estimated...

  2. Isn't Excel wonderful.

    You were spot on about a wet August in Edinburgh.

    I think you 2 degree gain is about right for most days - it's just the maximum difference is a little larger.


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