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I was waiting for this info from you. April showers no longer fall in April. The ground in York is rock hard.

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20 hours ago, chris said:

....The ground in York is rock hard.

It's the same here Chris, or at least it was up to yesterday. We've had some light rain since but nothing too much just yet.

You mention that April showers no longer fall in April and as I mentioned earlier, I always assumed April would be a wet month but the following list shows the ten driest months I've recorded since January 2012 and strangely half of them have occurred in April.

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Another month passes by and with it comes more records from the Conisbrough weather station.

Despite the showers at the very end of the month, April 2020 has been the driest April we have recorded since 2012, the monthly total of 10.4mm also becoming our second ever driest month during that time. Rainfall was recorded on only 6 days during the month which is also the lowest number of days with precipitation during any April month.

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But it's not just the lack of rainfall that's been making records, April 2020 has also been the warmest month since 2012 with an average daily temperature of 11.3C

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Surprisingly, with so little rain and above average temperatures, the number of hours of sunshine recorded was only the second highest April total with 188.8hrs, slightly behind the figure recorded in April 2015 when we enjoyed 199.2hrs. We can't win them all!

 

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It's that time of the month again and May 2020, along with Spring 2020 has certainly provided plenty of interesting, and welcomed, statistics.

Firstly there's the months with the least amount of rainfall and May 2020 joins February 2012 in joint first place, both months having seen just 6.8mm of rainfall.

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Here's a chart comparing May's rainfall totals since 2012 - very nice!

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You'll notice from the driest months table that April 2020 features in third place and with March 2020 just outside the top 10 listed driest months it has resulted in an exceptionally dry Spring 2020 when compared to previous years.

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It's also been our warmest May month with an average temperature of 14.4C but surprisingly only our second sunniest with 194.2 hrs of sunshine, still some distance behind May 2018 when we enjoyed 223.8 hours.

It's been our warmest Spring with an average daily temperature of 11.0C and also our sunniest with 523.5hrs of sunshine, the first time we've surpassed 500 hours during the Spring season and only the second time ever - the other occasion being Summer 2018 when we basked in  537.6hrs of sunshine.

There's little wonder everyone's been cracking on with their garden layouts this Spring!

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So the warm settled weather has come to an end for now but statistically that's not a great surprise because since I began keeping records of our local weather in December 2011, June has tended to be a disappointing month. That's borne out by my records for rainfall and sunshine - though you must remember that these figures apply locally to the Conisbrough area and may not reflect the conditions in your local area.

The charts below include the current data for 2020.

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