Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Wettest April Day & A Look Back In The Archives

Easter Monday turned out to be a "real treat". It snowed all morning before turning into rain in the afternoon. It then continued to rain all afternoon and evening. By the end of the day we’d had 32mm (1.26in) of precipitation in the day. 
Temperature & Rainfall Records Easter Monday, 02 April 2018 to 04 April 2018
Tuesday was our warmest day of the year as the temperature reached 15.2°C or 59.4°F. It wasn't as dry as the above rainfall chart shows as we had very light showers at regular intervals which were just enough to stop anything from drying out a bit. Wednesday morning has started off with more showers which are forecast to continue for most of the day. 

All that rain on Easter Monday puts it into sixth place in my league table of wettest days since 2010. I’ve included the table below.
Not only did we have all the snow and rain but it was also one of the coldest April days since 2010 too with the average temperature for the day coming in at only 3.3°C (37.9°F) rather than 9.2°C (48.6°F) the average daily temperature for April.

I’m hoping things can only improve through the rest of the month.

I noticed as I checked back through my rainfall records that April 2012 was an extremely wet month with 120mm (4.72in) of rainfall. We normally expect an average of about 35mm (1.38in) based on the last eight years. We're a little concerned that our planting and sowing this year will be delayed due to the very wet weather. All that rain on Easter Monday fell on already soggy ground. I decided to have a look back at my archive blog posts to see how we faired planting potatoes, carrots and parsnips in 2012.
 Potato Planting 20 April 2012
As it turns out we didn't plant any potatoes until the 20 April in 2012 with parsnips sown on the 30 April. Our carrots weren't sown until 12 May. Judging from my harvesting records we still managed decent returns from all three crops. So perhaps all isn't lost yet and I think we might be best waiting until the ground dries out a little bit.

Who knows it might warm up a bit and dry out so we can get on with some gardening by the middle of the month.

Incidentally, if you want to look back at my archive record for planting potatoes back in April 2012 click here. (You will need to scroll down the page that opens).
Archive for 20 April 2012


  1. Edinburgh has had all the same ingredients but in a different order. After 5 wet days on the trot the snow is now settling for the first time. It is currently 1C (at 1pm!!!) and we are predicted -3C tonight! Time to light the bl**dy paraffin heater again. (The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh release their weather station records on a monthly basis retrospectively - so I have to wait until after the month end before being able to compare them with yours.)

    1. Temperatures not too bad here - 11C at 13:15 but we keep getting showers so the ground is continually wet. Not sure now when we last visited the allotment probably about a week ago now which is ridiculous considering it's the start of April. We've got snow showers forecast for tonight!

  2. Lovely update thank you for sharing Martyn blessing to you and Sue


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