A warm February - but not as warm as in 1990
Although the met office might say it is the warmest February since records began, here at Deeping St Nicholas, it was quite a bit warmer in February 1990.
That year, there was only one frost in February; this year, we have had frosts on eight mornings. Average this year is 6.7 deg C, 1990 7.15 deg C. Rainfall has been below average, with just one inch or 25 mm but in the last 48 years, we have had 18 drier Februarys. It appears that February is quite often a dry month.
It is nice to have had the nice spring weather but it will not do farmers any good at all, it is unseasonable. The only farmers I know who were glad of it are those who are lambing. It will have cost the farmers picking daffodils a lot of money, as many daffodils came out before they could get them all picked. We need seasonable weather.
Several people have asked me what happened to the weather in 1990 after February. March and April were dry but that is hardly relevant because February 1990 was a wet month, the second wettest February I have recorded with 61mm. The wettest I have recorded was in 1977, when it was a February fill dyke with 121 mm.
A rainy month in the winter is quite likely to be a warm month because it would have also been a cloudy month. When it is cloudy, it is like having a blanket over us - the heat that is expelled from our vehicles and leaks from our houses is held in and makes a warmer day or night.
There is no doubt that we are warming up and it is the warmer nights that I have found very noticeable when I look back in my records. Warmer nights because we have made them warmer.