Bristol Weather Station

Totterdown, Bristol, UK.

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June 2021: It was a quiet month with temperatures slightly above the 30 year average and rainfall below the 30 year average.
Perhaps most notable was the lack of high winds throughout the month. June's average wind speed of 3.5 mph was the lowest since April 2020. The maximum daily wind speed of 6.8 mph on the 27th was the 2nd lowest of any month since this data started in 2005. The maximum wind gust of 23 mph was the joint lowest, of any month, with August 2002 since this data started in 1995.
The monthly mean temperature of 17.3C was 0.7C above the 30 year average of 16.6C (1991-2020). Minimum temperatures were 0.8C above the same long term average and maximum temperatures were 0.6C above.
The monthly rainfall of 38.7 mm was 63.3% of the 30 year average (1991-2020).

The maximum daily temperature of 28.8C on the 13th was the lowest since 2016 when 26.9C was recorded. The lowest air pressure of the month was 1007.0 mb on the 20th. This is the second highest sine the data started in 2005. The highest was 1007.6mb on June 14th 2018. On the 6th of June the hourly Watts per square metre (Wm2) of solar radiation from 12:00 was 1013.5. This is the 4th highest since this data started in 2005.

Spring 2021 It was cooler season than the recent 30 year average. With a mean temperature 9.7C for the three months it was -1.0C cooler. It was the below average minimum temperatures that accounted for most of the cooling being -1.3C below the 30 year average.
Even with May's high rainfall the total spring rainfall placed the season only at 47th wettest out of 140 years of data for Bristol.

Annual 2020: In 130 complete years of Bristol's annual average temperatures in 2020 it was the 2nd warmest with an average temperature of 12.4C. The warmest was in 2014 at 12.5C.
The annual rainfall of 1090.2 mm for 2020 was 123% of the 30 year average for the city of 889.9 mm. As the next 30 year average is prepared (1991-2020) 1090.2 mm represents 117% of the new average rainfall as this is increasing.
The average annual 24 hour maximum rainfall of 21.0 mm in 2020 was the highest since 23.1 mm in 2012 which was the wettest year on record for Bristol.
In 2020 48% of all the wind directions were from the SW or WSW. With much less frequencies Southerlies and North Easterlies were next.
Annual average pressure of 1014 mb, equal with last year, was lowest since 1012 mb in 2014.
2020 was the sunniest complete year of data, at 42.5% of the maximum, with regard to Wm2, since this parameter started in 2006.
In 2020 there were only 1 day when snowfall was observed to fall and none had any snow lying at 09:00 hours.
There were 10 days when thunder was heard and there were 7 days when a temperature of below 0.0C was recorded in 2020.

To view a full report of the Bristol Annual Weather 2020 and a discussion of trends etc click here. This is a Word created .doc document which is produced annually for a couple of Bristol Naturalist Society publications. Please acknowledge the source if quoting any of the contents. Thank you.

The 2020 Annual summary is here: http://www.bristolweather.org/weather2020annual.htm

For the full monthly summary please go here: http://www.bristolweather.org/weather2021March.htm

The Meteorological site is situated in an urban housing area approximately one mile to the south of the Centre of Bristol. This area is in a district called Totterdown.

Statistical correlations with the Bristol Meteorological Office site, that was less than two miles to the North and was situated on top of a City Centre office block, were generally good with rainfall and barometric data particularly close.

The site of the station is approximately 34 metres above sea level with the manual instruments mounted in a Stevenson screen. The screen is sited centrally in a small concreted garden area. A Snowdon rain gauge is mounted correctly in the ground but does not have the full open space required around it. A  Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus automatic weather station (AWS) was added in May 2005 and this is mounted 4 feet above a concrete shelter. The wind data is gathered automatically from a Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus anemometer which is sited 3.3 metres (10 feet) above the house top.

Manual observations are still taken at approximately 09:00 hours GMT every day for rainfall and cloud cover. Rainfall manually recorded in the Snowdon rain gauge is entered for the previous day. The wind data is constantly logged and automatically reset at 24:00 hours GMT every day (in the summer BST -1 hour. The Davis rainfall tipping bucket was recalibrated in November 2005 and is now consistently under 3% under recording (an improvement from installation in May 2005 when 10% was more typically the norm).

Since the arrival of the Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus equipment in May 2005 temperatures, humidity and barometric pressure are recorded from the new equipment. These figures will be more accurate and will be taken at exactly 09:00 GMT (in the summer BST -1 hour) as the data is now logged to a computer.

By default the Davis equipment records every parameter for the 24 hour period 00:00 to 23:59 BST or GMT. Data analysis will enable manual data extraction of temperatures and rainfall to 09:00 GMT (adjusted in the summer). Due to the 0.2 mm (tipping bucket) measurements of precipitation recorded by the Davis equipment the Snowdon rain gauge will still be used due to its greater accuracy (see above).

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