The cherry blossom trees at Loughboy, Kilkenny were in full bloom on Saturday 5th. The fine weather coincided with the May public holiday weekend. It did turn cooler after but the month finished on a fine note.
Inistioge village on April 8th. In contrast to the picture taken on the same date last year, it was still very much early spring conditions. The month began very wet and cold but gradually got milder around the middle of the month.
April Weather Summary:
Mean temperature was slightly above normal, due to milder than normal nights. That said there were 3 air frosts recorded with the lowest being -3.3° on the 5th. The highest temperature was 19.4° on the sunny Saturday 21st.
It was a very wet month. The wettest since 2009. The wettest day was the 16th with 18.0mm. The same day also recorded the highest wind gust, 72 km/hr.
Rose Inn Street Kilkenny early on the morning of March 2nd, as Storm Emma takes hold. That morning there was continuous snow with drifting. By lunchtime the level snow was at 15cm deep and there were many drifts being formed in the gusty winds. Drifts were about 30cm deep in the City itself but just on the outskirts on the Waterford Road the drifts were 1.5 metres deep.
March Weather Summary:
It was a cold month, but not quite as cold as March 2013. The coldest temperature of -5.5° was recorded at the very start of the month during the snowfall and the highest was 13.9° on the 10th. There were 14 days in all when the temperature dipped below zero (against climate average of 5 days).
It was also a very wet March, the wettest for 22 years. The wettest day was the 14th with 22.2mm of rain.
It was a snowy March too with 7 days with lying snow at 9am (against a climate average of 0.3 days). The top wind gust of 72 km/hr was recorded on the 14th during the heavy rainfall.
The cottage purported to be the ancestral home of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice at Callan, Co Kilkenny on the 6th, following a fall of about 2cm of snow the night before. The start of February saw frequent cold incursions alternating with milder spells.
February Weather Summary:
It was a cold month. The coldest February in 8 years. There frequent spells with snow although it wasn't until the end of the month when there was a good covering of snow (7cm was measured on the 28th). It was the beginning of an historic cold spell to follow into March. That said there was a brief mild spell between the 17th and 19th and the temperature reached 14.2° on the 19th. There were 18 days when the temperature fell below zero with the coldest being -3.7° on the 28th.
After a wet start the month ended up a lot drier than normal. The wettest day was 9.4mm on the 9th. Top gust was 73.9 km/hr recorded on the 10th.
Snow over the fields at Ballynoony, Mullinavat on January 17th. There was some snow too at lower levels the previous evening and again on Friday 19th but it did not settle for long except on the higher ground.
January Weather Summary:
The month was milder than normal, despite a cool and sometimes snowy first three weeks. The highest temperature was 13.4° on the 28th and the coldest was -4.4° on the 8th. With all the wind and rain about there was n't many frosts - just 7 air frosts. The lowest ground temperature was -11.3° also on the 8th and on the same morning the 5cm soil thermometer was also frozen with a sub zero reading of -0.6° noted.
Rainfall was above normal. The wettest day was Saturday 20th with 20.9mm. During the night of 23rd/24th a cold front crossed Ireland. At approx. 2:30 am a very high gust of 114 km/hr was recorded as the squall passed through.