University Weather Watch - March 2012
Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:05:00 BST
IT was the warmest March since 1997 as well as one of the driest since records began in 1990 at the School of Applied Sciences weather station.
The monthly mean temperature was 8.95˚C, making it 1.74˚C higher than the average figure for March of 7.21˚C. The warmest day of the month was Wednesday 28th, with an average temperature of 15.6˚C making it the second warmest March day since our records began (warmest 15.74˚C on 17th March 1990). The highest maximum temperature for the month was 22.8˚C recorded on Tuesday 27th making it the highest temperature recorded for March since our records began. The coldest day of the month was Sunday 4th with an average temperature of 3.8˚C. The lowest minimum temperature of -1.1˚C was recorded on Monday 5th. The temperature fell below zero on just one day of the month.
A total of 17.2mm was of rainfall was recorded during the month making it the third driest march since our records began. The wettest day of the month was Saturday 17th with 4.4mm of rainfall (25.5% of the month’s total rainfall). Twenty one days of the month escaped rainfall.
The mean wind speed for the month was 9.29km/hr. The highest mean wind speed was 22.32km/hr recorded on both Friday 9th and Monday 19th. The highest gust of wind for the whole month was 81km/hr recorded on Monday 5th.
The prevailing wind direction for the month was west.
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.