Monthly Archives: March 2014

Monday 17th March 2014

It was a cool and cloudy morning but eventually the sun managed to break through and we had a couple of hours of strong sunshine during the early part of the afternoon. Shame it went cloudy again and without that sun it feels rather on the cool side.

Minimum = 9.1°C, Maximum = 13.8°C, Rain = 0.0 mm, Sunshine = 1.6 hours.

This brings the monthly sunshine total up to a respectable 90 hours.


Quite a lot of cloud to start the day but this soon cleared by late morning to leave an afternoon of unbroken, strong sunshine. And it ended up reasonably warm for the time of year with a maximum of 18.0°C.

I saw brimstone, peacock, red admiral butterflies and hover flies in the garden, and I heard the chiff chaff for the first time today.

February 2014 – Wet, windy and mild.

As with January, February 2014 continued to push the Otter Valley meteorological boundaries. This time is was the wind that was notable with a total wind run of 4844 miles making it the windiest month in my record (2005) and the wettest. It was also mild and ended up the 2nd warmest February being beaten by 2011.

Despite all the rain it was a rather sunny month with 113 hours (133%) making it the sunniest February since 2008.