Thursday, 31 December 2015

December skies

Record breaking December weather!

 Rain 317mm so far, that is 3 TIMES the average rainfall for December.
 It has been the wettest month in our records. The previous record was 226mm during Nov 2002.

There were 30 rain days this December! That is the most in our records, February will never have a chance now! (A rain day at least 0.2mm rainfall)

Mean temperature 8.9 deg C, average temperature for December is 6.6 deg C.
That is 2.3 deg C above average, The highest deviation above average for any month.

Dullest month in our records! Just over 35 hours (recording sunshine here since 2004).

It has been windy too, a gust of 65mph on the 30th.

Summary.... Wettest, dullest, warmest and very windy!
Angus says "It certainly wasn't summery!"
He also says "Surely you have a rain photo?" my answer... "It's been too wet!"

It wasn't dull wet and windy ALL the time!
Angus say's "only during daylight hours".

Peace, Love and Happiness to all.


Renovation in Galicia said...

Great photos as usual. Hope you all had a great Christmas. happy new year to you all..
I would love some hints on growing kiwis, I have one male and one female in the tunnel, planted in large buckets, the vines are four years old but so far have failed to bloom, any suggestions please?

Kim said...

Many happy returns Anne.

The RHS page on kiwis suggests that "Plants start to produce fruit three to four years after planting". , So you may be on the cusp of fruiting.

I am an amateur gardener and just try things, we are mild as we are near the coast. The kiwi is a huge scraggly plant, ours didn't fruit for the first few years, ours grows outdoors and scrambles wildly over the orchard fence, I cut it back hard at least 3 times a year. Ours flowers in late June so the flowers are not at risk from frost, only the new growth that they form on, and there is a lot of that, I leave 2 or 3 buds of the new growth when I cut back hard.
If yours are in buckets they may not grow as vigorously? which would be a good thing in a poytunnel.

Cathy said...

Glad to see you back online. Hoping that January brings some sunshine.

Kim said...

Thank you Cathy, All the best for the new year to you and yours.