May 2014 - Sunshine recovery

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May 2014 - Sunshine recovery

Postby Nick Gardner » 2014 May 17, 19:21

After a cool(ish), rather cloudy and often wet first week, temperatures and sunshine have recovered well (since the 8th).

Today (17th) is the third day of unbroken sunshine and this brings the monthly total to 124 hours. Despite a persistent sea breeze blowing since 10:30 this was the warmest day of the year so far with a maximum temperature of 23.2°C. It was also noticeably more humid with DPs around 14°C.

1st - 17th May 2014:
Mean minimum = 8.1°C
Mean maximum = 17.3°C
Mean = 12.7°C (+0.3°C)
Rain = 53.6 mm.

Unsettled weather on its way though experience has shown that with a such a set up (low pressure to the WSW) at this time of year, we often get quite sunny weather on our south facing coast whilst most of the shower acitivity occurs just a mile or to inland. We'll see!

The first 'warm' evening of the year now the sea breeze has died away.
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Re: May 2014 - Sunshine recovery (didn't last!)

Postby Nick Gardner » 2014 May 29, 18:41

The recovery of sunshine didn't last and it has been remarkably cloudy recently (especially for late May) with just 15.5 hours of sunshine for the last 7 days.

For this part of the world, it doesn't get much more grim than that at this time of the year.

The monthly sunshine total now stands at 'a little less than average' 183 hours.

May sunshine:
2007 = 163 hours
2008 = 200 hours
2009 = 203 hours
2010 = 205 hours
2011 = 173 hours
2012 = 229 hours
2013 = 213 hours.
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50:41N 3:17 W; 20 metres AMSL; Station Grade B-BAAA37
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Re: May 2014 - Sunshine recovery

Postby Len Wood » 2014 Jun 05, 22:23

My solar panels output over the last 3 Mays have shown a slight decrease

2012 274.87 kWh
2013 260.51 kWh
2014 247.64 kWh
Len

Wembury, SW Devon coast
N50.33 W4.13
Altitude 83 m asl
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Re: May 2014 - Sunshine recovery

Postby Graham Easterling » 2014 Jun 06, 16:02

May sunshine at Bosullow, right on top of the Penwith Moors.

2012 - 206.2
2013 - 207.3
2014 - 193.6

Bosullow sunshine is typically very close to Camborne. During the 'old' days of the official Penzance Weather Station, when real observations seemed to be taken more seriously, Penzance typically got 5-10% more sunshine than Camborne. Sadly the MetO clearly did not want the Penzance station re-opened, despite time & effort put in by the local council to meet ever increasing demands.
Graham

Penzance Weather Station
Grid Ref:
SW464231 - Post Code: TR18 4TP
19m AMSL - Aspect SSE
In a SE - NW orientated valley

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