I'm sticking with my six hours, we've had 30 minutes already and it's getting better.
And Limerick is much sunnier than Galway - everybody knows that
-2.1 at Mullingar (17th) is new lowest for month.
3.2 hours sunshine at Shannon -- Strasser, John mac and DOCARCH were all right on the money with that, and traecy1 at 3.1h.
might have gotten up to the 10 hours on 18th of February. It was gorgeous down in Clare the day after Paddy's!
I don't think the sun is even above the horizon for over 10 hours on the 18th February
Something I have been keeping an eye on for a while but it is look increasingly possible that the MSLP mean values for the January - March period this year will finish on a record high (or at least since 1950) in parts of the country.
Although not complete as of yet, the combined mean sea level pressure value from 3 of the stations used in the IMT index (namely Shannon, Casement & Claremorris) for the Jan-March period this year so far is running at 1023.7 hPa .(1961-90 average for period is 1012.1 hPa) Although March isn't over yet, it is unlikely that this value will fall before the month is finished which would make it the highest mean value for January-March period period since 1953. A quick chart (whatever a quick chart is! ) to put what I am trying to say into perspective:
Data source: ECA&D
By rights I should have included values from Mullingar & Oak Park in this to get a better scope of the IMT area but unfortunately historic MSLP values not publically available for these stations (also, data from Dublin Airport used from 1950 to 1963 as Casement data only dates back to 1964 but unlikely to affect overall values that much as mean monthly differences between both stations are negligible); but just going by the means of the 3 stations used, its looking like the first 3 months of 2012 will finish on a very high note MSLP wise with high pressure looking to remain close to Ireland for a good while yet:
Who knows, maybe it will actually bring us some sunshine eventually..
Interesting pressure comparison to 1953, both winters featured one major windstorm in January also, a break from the mainly anticyclonic conditions.
Another similarity exists on a larger scale, many stations in eastern North America are near record low snowfall totals for any winter, and some of these were set in 1952-53. That year continued very warm (in North America) and had an active tropical season.
Here's an update after the third week (15-21 March) ...
IMT ... now on 7.8 C after a week at 7.4 C.
PRC 48% of normal after a rather dry week (66% of normal over the eleven stations, Dublin was wetter but isn't one of the eleven stations used anyway.)
SUN 86% of normal after a rather cloudy week (71% of normal, Belmullet had considerably more than all the rest).
Trends ... IMT should come up gradually, PRC not likely to increase much, SUN could possibly begin to improve through next week.
About the same as the overall anomalies for the winter season (which from the contest were about +1.5 temp and -11% PRC, can't recall sunshine in detail but seemed below average).
A New high was recorded yesterday. 16.4c. G'wan the Mullet.
How's that working out for you
and I predicted 16.5
Sadly thats gonna get blown out of the water this weekend. They predicting up to near 20.
18.5 predicted here!
17.4C in Casement, highest temperature of the month so far.
Snap! Identical max here in Sandyford.
18.1c today in Finner I think max so far
I predicted near this but not to worry it will be 19 or 20 Sunday which will prob be the max for the month.
Reached 18.7c in Sligo today but we dont count.