Sunset falls on the recently refurbished Evans's Home, off John's Quay Kilkenny, on May 12th. There were many such dry, sunny days in May but the nights were cool.
May Weather Summary:
Overall temperatures were only just above average. The nights were cool especially in the first half of the month. An air frost was recorded on May 5th, when it dipped to -0.5°. The highest temperature was recorded on May 30th when it got to 20.1°
Rainfall was very intermittent. There were only 7 days with any rainfall and the monthly total of 12.7mm was our lowest since May 1991.
The cherry blossoms at John's Bridge on April 7th. The cherry blossoms were out early this spring, following a mild January to March period. The start of the month of April was cold and wet at times.
April Weather Summary:
Overall a warm spell around Easter time ensured mean temperatures were just a little above normal. There were four days when the maximum temperature exceeded 20° with the top temperature of 22.9° recorded on the 20th. There was one air forst when it dipped to -1.3° on the 5th.
Rainfall was above normal, following a wet and stormy end to the month. The top gust of 94 km/hr just before midnight on the 26th as Storm Hannah barrelled through.
Snow melting away outside the Black Abbey on the morning of March 4th. There was some wet snow late in the afternoon of the 3rd. The month continued very wet until St. Patrick's Day but then followed a quieter warmer spell. March did go out like a lamb.
March Weather Summary:
It was the classic case of in like a lion - out like a lamb. Overall the mean temperature was a little milder than normal with the highest temperature being 16.9 ° recorded on the 28th. There were many pleasant days above 15 C at the end of the month. There were three nights with air frost with the coldest being -1.4° on the 4th.
It was a very wet month however with the bulk of the rain falling in the first half of the month. It was the wettest March since 1996.
A pleasant sunny morning on February 17th with the daffodils full in bloom at the Grange's Road. There were many fine, mild days like this during the month with little or no snow and few frosts. Towards the end of the month there were many warm days and it exceeded 14° on five occasions.
February Weather Summary:
It was a very mild month - our warmest February since 1998. There were only 6 air frosts with the coldest being -3.9° on the 3rd. The warmest temperature of 15.5° was recorded twice, on the 25th and 26th.
Rainfall was well below normal (59%) and the wettest day was on the 6th with 7.0mm. Top gust was on early on the 9th with 71 km/hr.
Newpark fen/marsh on January 11th on a dull but mild evening. The first three weeks were mild, dull and drizzly. There was no frost until the 17th. The month ended on a colder note but did not prevent it from being mildest January in 7 years
January Weather Summary:
A mild,dry month. There were only 6 air frosts. Coldest was the last day of the month with -3.8° and warmest temperature was recorded on the 25th with 12.3°.
There was only 25.3mm of rainfall recorded making it the driest January for 22 years. Wettest day was the 31st with 4.8mm.