Thursday, 2 March 2017

February 2017 Dull and Mild

February finished up dull and mild. For the first time in the seven years I've been keeping records the temperature didn't fall below 0°C or 32°F during the month. Of those seven years only 2011 was milder with an average temperature of 6.6°C (43.9°F) compared to 6.4°C (43.5°F) this year.
Ossett Average February Temperatures 2010-2017
As you can see three of the average February temperatures out of seven years have been more or less the same around the 6.4°C (43.5°F) so nothing unusual about this year's value.

Using solar radiation values as a measure of brightness we haven't done very well with this year finishing up sixth out of seven years. Rainfall for the month has been very slightly above average with 47.2mm (1.86in) against an average of 43.6mm or 1.72in.
I've now got to resist the temptation of sowing seeds too early as we head into March. If we get some nice sunny days it's difficult to resist the temptations of getting off to an early start. The exceptions to this will be leeks, broad beans, onion sets and early potatoes in bags. We're hoping to get these sown and planted over the next few days. They will be left to germinate and grow on in our cold greenhouse before moving outside into the cold frames before eventually being planted out on the allotment.


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