#astronomy August Climate in Armagh – Astronotes

September 12, 2019 - Comment

SUNNIEST AUGUST FOR 16 YEARS, WARMEST FOR 6 YEARS AND WETTEST FOR 5 YEARS. SUMMER 2019 WAS THE WETTEST FOR 7 YEARS, WARMER THAN AVERAGE AND WITH ABOUT AVERAGE SUNSHINE. Armagh Observatory, 10th September 2019: Armagh Observatory reviews that August 2019 was sunnier, hotter and wetter than common, the sunniest August at Armagh for 16 years;


SUNNIEST AUGUST FOR 16 YEARS, WARMEST FOR 6 YEARS AND WETTEST FOR 5 YEARS. SUMMER 2019 WAS THE WETTEST FOR 7 YEARS, WARMER THAN AVERAGE AND WITH ABOUT AVERAGE SUNSHINE.

Armagh Observatory, 10th September 2019:

Armagh Observatory reviews that August 2019 was sunnier, hotter and wetter than common, the sunniest August at Armagh for 16 years; the warmest for six years and the wettest for 5 years.  The meteorological summer season this yr, specifically the three months June, July and August, was the wettest for seven years, quite hotter than common and with about common sunshine.

With 166.three hours of robust sunshine, roughly 20% greater than common, this was the sunniest August at Armagh since August 2003.  The sunniest day was the 17th, with 12.three hours of robust sunshine, adopted by the 26th with 11.9 hours.

The imply temperature was 16.12 levels Celsius (61.zero Fahrenheit), roughly 1.5 C hotter than the long-term (1796-2010) common August temperature at Armagh and zero.7 C hotter than the latest (1981-2010) 30-year August common.  Regardless of comparatively excessive rainfall this was the warmest August at Armagh for six years, the temperatures being boosted by the bigger than common variety of hours of robust sunshine.

The warmest day (highest most air temperature) was 24.2 C (75.6 F), which occurred on the 24th, and the coldest day (lowest most air temperature) was 15.four C on the 21st, simply three days earlier.  The warmest night time (highest minimal air temperature) was 15.7 C, on the 4th. The coldest night time (lowest minimal air temperature) was 7.5 C on the 12th and there have been no floor frosts.

Whole August precipitation was 124.55 mm (four.90 inches), together with three hint values (i.e. 124.four mm if hint values are ignored).  That is roughly 52% greater than the long-term (1838-2010) common August precipitation at Armagh and 63% greater than the latest (1981-2010) 30-year August common at Armagh.  This was the wettest August at Armagh for 5 years.  The wettest day was the eighth with 30.three mm (1.19 inches) of rainfall, adopted by the 30th with 14.2 mm.

Thunder was heard on three days, specifically the sixth, 10th and 12th, and rainbows had been seen on the 12th and 28th. It’s fascinating to notice that the thunder and lightning recorded on the afternoon of the sixth was presaged a couple of minutes earlier by a flock of noisy seagulls passing over the Observatory.

Taking the three months June, July and August collectively, this summer season was the wettest for seven years, additionally hotter than common and with about common sunshine.  Whole summer season precipitation was 284.eight mm together with 10 hint values, which is roughly 30% greater than the long-term (1838-2010) common summer season rainfall at Armagh and roughly 44% greater than the latest (1981-2010) 30-year common summer season rainfall. The imply summer season temperature was 15.57 C, which is almost 1.4C hotter than the long-term (1796-2010) common summer season temperature at Armagh and practically zero.6 C hotter than the latest (1981-2010) 30-year common summer season temperature at Armagh.  Whole summer season sunshine was about common.

These knowledge seek advice from observations at Armagh Observatory, which has been recording the climate at Armagh since 1795. For additional info, please contact: Professor Mark E. Bailey, Emeritus Director of Armagh Observatory, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, School Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG, Tel: zero28-3752-2928, E-mail: mark.bailey@armagh.ac.uk



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