More like a lamb than a lion – a review of March 2022

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Daffodills in Gernon Bushes on a typically sunny day in March 2022

More like a lamb than a lion

A review of the weather for March 2022

March is said to “come in like a lion and go out like a lamb” – well, in this case, all the roaring was largely over in late February, with Storm Eunice delivering the main fury. The highest wind in March was a gust of 29.0 mph on 11th, the lowest maximum gust of our records (just 14 years that we have been recording such wind data). We also recorded our highest barometer reading of those 14 years, of 1043.0 hPa (millibars) on 18th March. The result? Plenty of sunny, mild weather that felt positively spring-like.

Largely settled weather in March can give rise to fog and frost at night: not so this March, which was generally mild. The mean temperature for the month was 8.1 °C, which was comfortably warmer than the overall mean for our 37 years of full records, but not exceptional. The warmest day on 22nd recorded 19.2 °C, the seventh warmest maximum for March (the warmest was 23.9 °C in 2021) and the lowest minimum, and our only air frost of the month, was -0.4 °C on the final day of the month.

No surprise therefore that the rainfall was below average: 34.4mm as against an average for March of 45.4mm, making it our eleventh driest March. It rained on just ten days; only five Marches have recorded rain on fewer days.

Last April turned out to be the driest and second coolest on record; this April has started surprisingly cold, and dry, with overnight frost and light snow showers. Will it follow last year as a cold dry month? We shall see!

MeasureUnitMinimumAverageMaximumAverage minAverage maxTotal
Relative humidity%357995
Wind source (most common/highest gust)SectorEE
Wind speedmph3.72916.8
Rain daily accumulationmm1.19.834.4
Barometric pressurehPa1000.91021.61043
Solar irradiance during daylightW/m²187763522
Sunshine (sunny if irradiance > 120 W/m2)Hours6.79.5208

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