Spring 2013 hot and dry

 

Weather log spring 2013.Through most of this spring season, days were hot and sunny, and the humidity and dew point were very low. This changed for the final three weeks, when two-thirds of the season’s rain fell, and the weather was cool and humid.
Along with 2002 and 2009, this was one of three hot springs this century. However, this spring had cooler nights. The springs of 2002, 2012 and 2013 were the driest, counting humidity and cloud as well as rainfall. This spring had the lowest humidity by far, and last spring the second lowest. Low humidity means crops and animals (and people) need more water.
The total rainfall (130 mm) was in the 36th percentile for springs. Rain fell on only 13 days: more than in spring of 2002 (9 days), but fewer than in 2003 (15) or 2012 (16).Climate spring 2013

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.

Droughty Spring 2012

Weather log Spring 2012.Temperatures rose as normal this spring, apart from a quick rise in the last week and a cold spell in the second week of October. In the cold spell, one day failed to reach 14°! Rain fell nearly every week, but never more than 15 mm in a day.

After last spring’s record-breaking 432 mm rainfall, this spring was about as droughty as spring 2002. The rainfall total, 81 mm, was a bit higher than in spring 2002 (66 mm) and the percent of cloudy mornings higher (25% vs. 19%), but the dew point (humidity) was much lower (3.7° vs. 5.4°) and the daily temperature range was higher (17.9° vs. 17.1°).
Showers in the last days lifted the total rainfall (81 mm) to the 10th percentile for springs.Climate spring 2012.

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.

Spring 2011 the wettest by far

 

Weather log spring 2011This spring’s rainfall of 431.7 mm far exceeded that of any other spring in the record from 1883. Winter had been very dry, with only 55 mm. While there was a lot of rain in September (91.4 mm) and October (97.4 mm), much more fell in November (242.9 mm), mainly in the second half.
The only other springs with more than 300 mm were in two small groups: 1916 (326 mm) and 1917 (327 mm); and 1949 (330 mm), 1950 (379 mm), 1954 (319 mm) and 1955 (321 mm).
Apart from the extreme rainfall, all other weather readings this spring were normal. By contrast, spring 2009 had been warm and sunny, and spring 2010, cool and cloudy.
During the season, there were two very cool spells, early in September and very early in October. They were separated by a sunny warm spell with very low humidity: it had people changing into summer gear (then back again!). By mid-November, both days and nights were very warm, but then returned to normal.Climate spring 2011

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.

Spring 2010 cloudy, damp and cool

Weather log spring 2010

Days this spring were very cool, keeping the seven-day mean maximum curve below normal nearly all the time. Twenty-two mornings were overcast, twice the usual number, and the number of rain days (29) was the highest in twelve springs.


The mean daily maximum temperature (24.1°) was a record low in this data set, more than 4° lower than last year. Similarly, the daily temperature range (12.9°) was unusually narrow, 3.5° narrower than last year. Other temperatures were near normal, except for the record low Subsoil temperature of 17.5°. Cloudy mornings, at 56%, were a record high.
The total spring rainfall of 249 mm is in the 86th percentile. While this is well above the long-term spring average of 166 mm, four of the previous eleven springs were even wetter: 1999, 2000, 2005, and 2008.
Climate spring 2010

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.

Spring 2009 warm and dry

Weather log spring 2009

This spring was warm and dry, partly due to the extreme heat wave in the final two weeks. In that period, records were broken for the highest temperature in any month: highest daily maximum (42.6°), highest daily maximum temperature anomaly (+13.5°), highest daily minimum (27.8°), and highest weekly average (31.3°).


Compared to decade averages, the mean maximum (28.4°) was up 2.1° and the mean minimum (11.7°) up 1.3°. For dryness, the morning Dew Point (6.0°) was down 1.5°, and cloudiness (29%) down 1%. Although this spring was very warm and dry, spring 2002 had been much warmer and drier. Values then were: max 29.2°, min 12.1°, Dew Point 5.4° and cloudiness 19%.
In spring 2002 there had been only 66 mm of rain: the fifth lowest on record. Rainfall this spring was 121 mm. Similar spring totals were seen in 2007 (122 mm), 2006 (139 mm), and 2003 (125 mm). These values are on the 30th percentile (which is not very low), but seem low compared to recent extremely wet springs in 2008 (295 mm), 2005 (260 mm) and 1999 (262 mm). The long-term spring median is 156 mm.

Climate spring 2009

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.