University Weather Watch - January 2012

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 10:26:00 GMT


weather symbol IT was Huddersfield’s warmest and wettest January since 2008; significantly warmer than those experienced between 2009 and 2011.  The average figures are those recorded since 1990 from the University’s School of Applied Sciences weather station.

The monthly mean temperature was 5.26˚C compared to the average for January of 5.16˚C making it the warmest January since 2008.  The warmest day of the month with an average temperature of 10.2˚C was Wednesday 11th.  The highest maximum temperature of the month was 12.6˚C recorded on Monday 2nd.  The coldest day of the month was Sunday 15th with an average temperature of -1.6˚C.  The lowest minimum temperature of -3.8˚C was recorded on Saturday 14th.  The temperature fell below zero on five days of the month.

A total of 99.4mm of rainfall was recorded during the month, slightly higher than the average figure for January of 94.06mm, making it the wettest January since 2008.  The wettest day of the month was Wednesday 4th with 24.6mm of rain (24.7% of the month’s total rainfall).  Just five days of the month escaped rainfall.

The mean wind speed for the month was 13.75km/hr.  The highest mean wind speed was 36.36km/hr recorded on Wednesday 4th.  The highest gust of wind for the whole month was 114.48km/hr again recorded on Wednesday 4th.

The prevailing wind direction for the month was southwest.


The monthly University of Huddersfield Weather Watch is compiled and written from data gathered at the university’s weather station by Julie Walker, Resource Centre and Environmental Technician in the School of Applied Sciences

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