Weather stats for Watford – January 2014

What a month January has been!!! Wet wet wet is 3 words to describe the month.  It has been the wettest month in the UK since records began. In Watford, I have never recorded so much rain in a month since I started recording in 1982!

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Here are some facts across the UK and further down are statistics from my own weather station.

UK Statistics
We ended up at 5.71c (CET) which is 1.8c above average quite a warm month overall. In England it was the wettest January since 1767 (250 years) 

Outlook for February
Looks like we are on for more of the same and from next Wednesday for 10 days it looks like we will have even more storms than we had in January. It could be even wetter than January!! It’s definitely going to be the wettest winter since records began. It is also going to be warmer than average month.

Weather Statistics for Watford
Some notable stats from my weather station is that only 5 days in the whole month when it hasn’t rained. The final rainfall total came out at 143.4mm around 3 times the normal rainfall. We had very few frosts only 8 days and no snow fell in the entire month which is very unusual. 

Highest Temperature 12.2 °C at 12:31 on 06 January 2014
Lowest Temperature -3.3 °C at 05:11 on 12 January 2014
Highest Dew Point 10.5 °C at 00:49 on 06 January 2014
Lowest Dew Point -5.8 °C at 05:11 on 12 January 2014
Highest Apparent Temperature 12.0 °C at 00:49 on 06 January 2014
Lowest Apparent Temperature -6.0 °C at 05:11 on 12 January 2014
Lowest Wind Chill Temperature -3.3 °C at 05:11 on 12 January 2014
Highest Heat Index 12.2 °C at 12:31 on 06 January 2014
Highest Minimum 7.8 °C at 09:00 on 08 January 2014
Lowest Maximum 4.4 °C at 09:00 on 29 January 2014
Highest Humidity 93 % at 09:53 on 05 January 2014
Lowest Humidity 63 % at 11:09 on 11 January 2014
Highest Daily Range 13.8 °C on 11 January 2014
Lowest Daily Range 1.9 °C on 29 January 2014
Frosts – 8 days

Rainfall
Highest Rain Rate 39.5 mm/hr at 23:19 on 06 January 2014
Highest Hourly Rainfall 5.4 mm at 02:40 on 01 February 2014
Highest Daily Rainfall 17.7 mm on 31 January 2014
Highest Monthly Rainfall 143.4 mm January 2014
Longest Dry Period 2 days to 20 January 2014
Longest Wet Period 10 days to 08 January 2014

Wind
Highest Wind Gust 21.3 mph at 18:49 on 05 January 2014
Highest Wind Speed Average 8.3 mph at 13:22 on 01 January 2014
Highest Daily Wind Run 9.4 miles on 01 January 2014

Pressure
Lowest Pressure (sl) 993.2 mb at 02:00 on 01 February 2014
Highest Pressure (sl) 1026.1 mb at 22:38 on 11 January 2014

Days with snow falling 0
Days with snow lying at 0900 0

More Information
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/cet_mean_2014
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/01/january-uk-wettest-winter-month-250-years

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