Tuesday, 2 September 2014

An Unwanted August Hat Trick

After the hype given to it by the forecasters I was expecting a bit better start to September’s weather. Granted it’s a little bit milder but I was expecting some nice sunshine instead it was cloudy for most of the day. Still it stayed dry and the temperature managed to make it to 20°C so I suppose I shouldn't complain. 

The start of September heralds the start of meteorological autumn. Summer 2014 is done and dusted and consigned to the pages of the record books. Summer had been pretty good, especially July, but then August rather put a dampener on things. 

August turned out to be a wet month. I didn't have to spend much time watering the plots as we had 106.0mm of rainfall in the month which is more than twice the amount we might expect. It was the wettest month of the year and the wettest August I've recorded to complete part one of the hat trick.

As I've already mentioned it was a cool month too and we didn't have any blistering hot days to dry out the ground.
So besides being the wettest I've recorded it turned out to be the coolest August too although 2010 pushed it very close as it was a mere 0.2°C warmer. Part two completed.

Then to complete the hat trick it was the windiest August I've recorded. This wasn't close to any other year with several days of gale force winds.
Perhaps after the August flop September, and who knows even October, may be nice months to gentle ease us into the colder winter months.

Copyright: Original post from A Gardener's Weather Diary http://ossettweather.blogspot.co.uk/ author M Garrett

8 comments:

  1. It's nice and sunny today. I'm hoping the sunshine lasts for a while now, I'm fed up of dreary days.

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    1. Me too. Lovely and sunny here as well.

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  2. I'm counting on September to be nice. Good graphs. 2012 looked an interesting year.

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    1. Don't know about interesting Kelli but it was certainly a wet summer.

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  3. Those temperatures surprise me. We've only just started picking tomatoes. Wasn't 2012 wet. I had rather forgotten after 2013 was so much better!

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    1. A surprise high or low Mal. Apart from Sungold which are almost finished our other tomatoes are only now starting to turn too.

      2012 was indeed a wet summer but August that year was just very wet not extremely wet. Lots of rain earlier in the year in 2012.

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    2. Surprisingly high given recent history. How quickly we forget the earlier months of the year. Sungold started turning only a week ago but STOP PRESS the San Marzano and currant tomatoes have suddenly showing signs of turning!

      My recollection is that 2010/11/12 were poor years. 2013/14 much improved. But that's why we need the empirical data - to remind us of the reality. A big thank you from me both for collecting the data and presenting it so graphically.

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    3. No problem Mal.

      Once it's collected it seems a shame to keep it all to myself.

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