Now that all the excitement about my various awards has died down it’s time to resume normal service. And the SF has been badgering me to post up the weather stats for January. Winter had to arrive sometime and it did at the end of January with a vengeance. The temperatures are now below zero, day and night, and the wind chill factor is vicious. This is forecast to go on for another 10 days. We get lovely sunsets, though, like the photo above.
Every month I post an update on how the weather has been in our corner of southwest France, based on the statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other weather posts, please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar.
Here are the figures.
Weather assessment forJanuary
A quick reminder of our subjective weather assessment: we assign each day a plus if it’s fine, a minus if it’s bad and a zero if it’s indifferent or we can’t decide. In January, there were:
Pluses – 7
Zeros – 13
Minuses – 11
This makes January 2012 a rather gloomy one, although it wasn’t especially cold – except right at the end. The chart shows the percentage of plus days each January for the past 14 years (the line is the trend). Only four previous Januaries have been gloomier than this one and, as you can see from the chart, there’s a huge variation between years.
Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. This January it rained almost as often as the average (10 days compared with 10.4) but the volume was much less (51.5 mm against 80.8 mm). We rely on rainfall in the winter months, especially January/February to refill the aquifers, so the trend of low rainfall is continuing. And the first 10 days of February look like being dry – if bitterly cold.
The chart shows the volume of rainfall against the average for the year to date.
There were 11 frost nights in January, bringing the total for the winter to date to 17. February will certainly add to that figure.
This morning (Saturday) it was -10°C with a wind chill factor that probably reduced it to -17°C. We had a light dusting of snow on Thursday, which didn’t last long, but there’s more forecast for tomorrow.
Finally, the usual dicton (saying).
Beaux jours de janvier trompe l’homme en février – Nice days in January deceive people in February.
That’s just what has happened this year, except that there weren’t particularly nice days in January, it just wasn’t cold. I can remember one February early on when we were in shorts one day…
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