Sunday, 5 January 2014

Comparison with Official Figures

Saturday was dull and breezy with around average temperature reaching a maximum of 6.6°C.

If you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll know that I often use the Central England Temperature figures provided by the Met Office. They have now updated their data set for last year and these figures are now available on line and can be found here. In many of my comparisons I've used the last 25 years of weather records as a comparison. There’s no great weather or mathematical reasoning behind using 25 years but rather frighteningly it does coincide roughly with the number of years we've been allotmenting. 
So out of interest here are the average yearly temperatures from that Met Office data set for the last 25 years. The warmest year was 1995 at 10.88°C and 1996 and 2010 tie for the coldest years with 9.15°C.

The Met Office average for England in 2013 was 9.45°C compared to my figure for Ossett of 9.87°C.

It’s now been six years since we managed to be above the 25 year average so perhaps this year is going to be the year.


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