Rainfall Accumulations - Feb 2012 Add your totals here
Posted 01 March 2012 - 16:15
The most notable feature of February 2012 has been the lack of sunshine; Philip Eden's website http://www.climate-uk.com/page2.html shows a percentage of I think 52%, while the Republic of Ireland was even lower with 48%, although I think East Anglia was over 120%. Aldergrove in Co. Antrim (see http://www.met.readi...rugge/CURR.html)
seems to have had the lowest value of sunshine of any stations both in absolute and relative terms, with 27.4 hours (less than 1 hour per day) or 41% of average (I think this figure has increased very little, perhaps not all, in the last week, indicating there has been little if any sunshine during the last week, although today (1st March) and 29th February were certainly the brighest for some days here.
This lack of sunshine (December 2011 and January 2012 were both duller than normal in Northern Ireland, though not by a large amount) in February and this winter is in considerable contrast to the long period of predominantly sunny winters, with record sunny months for December and Febuary, and the 2nd sunniest January on record, in about the last dozen years or so.