Whilst the rest of the Country was basking in the “hottest year ever recorded”, Glanton was subject to a very mediocre August, cooler than average and wetter than average. It felt at times that autumn had come earlier than usual.
It is interesting to note that, although average surface temperatures have allegedly risen around the World, atmospheric temperatures as measured by satellite, have not changed for the last twenty years.
The first two weeks of July were cooler and generally wet, with rainfall higher than average. However, temperatures rose at mid-month to briefly touch 29℃, but at no time record breaking or exceptional for the time of year. The month ended on a cooler and damper note.
June was another month of contrasts: after a very wet May, June was very dry and it was only the rain that fell on the last weekend of the month that brought the rainfall to somewhere near the average.
If April was cold and very dry, May was still cold but very very wet. Infact the rainfall in May made up entirely for the shortage of rain in April. The month was only rescued from being a complete washout by the last five days of the month which gave us a welcome taste of late Spring and early Summer.
April was not as dry as last year, but it was only the rain that fell in the last few days of the month that prevented it from being so. Temperature-wise it was a very cold month and frosts were a common event. The climate has certainly made life difficult for gardeners this spring.
March was a relatively quiet month. Rainfall was less than average and temperatures normal for the time of year.
The first half of the month was very wet and wintry with rainfall in the first three days amounting to the average for the entire month. Temperatures reached their lowest for the 20/21 winter period during the month.
A fairly typical January really; very wet at times with snow on several days and some deep night-time frosts. The notable feature was the general lack of wind caused by high pressure blocking the advancing depressions in the West. Due to this lack of wind and our increasing dependence on wind as a power generating source, we came close to power black-outs on more than one occasion during the month.