A beautiful fine spring day at Inistioge on April 8th. The cherry blossoms were in evidence as early as April 6th, following the very mild March.
April Weather Summary:
It was a mild month and very dry. It was the driest April in Kilkenny since continuous records began (1958). Outside of that time we have to go back to 1896 to find a drier April. The total rainfall was 18.1mm and there were only 3 days with more than 1mm of rain - the 3rd, 29th and 30th. The 30th was the wettest day with 8.7mm. There were no droughts recorded despite the dry weather.
It was also a mild month thanks to warmer than normal nights. Towards the end of the month there were some sharp frosts with 0.2° recorded on the 26th. It was quite a dull month however with anticyclonic conditions predominating. There was no real warm day with the top temperature being 17.0° on the 8th.
After a cold, wet start to the month there was some pleasant weather in the week before St. Patrick's Day such as this bright afternoon at Kenny's Well on the 13th. The temperature peaked at 16.2° two days later.
March Weather Summary:
A very mild month. Almost as mild as March 2012 (the warmest March). Both the warmest temperature and coldest were recorded on the same day, the 25th, when it reached 18.0° and -0.2°.
Rainfall was a little below normal. Our 6th consecutive drier than normal month.The strongest wind gust of 80 km/hr was recorded at 6pm on the 1st of the month.
Frost clearing near the canal on a sunny morning 5th February. After a mild wet start, the weather turned cold and frosty for a time but finished again mild.
February Weather Summary:
It was another mild month, the mildest in 5 years. There were 9 days with air frost but this was more than compensated by 17 days when the temperature exceeded 10 °. The lowest temperature was -3.6° recorded on the 5th and the highest was 14.2° on the 21st.
It was a little drier than normal and continued a run of 5 consecutive months with below normal rainfall. The highest wind gust of 85 km/hr was recorded at 5:30am on the 23rd, as Storm Doris passed over the north of Ireland.
Winter 2016/2017 Weather Summary:
It was a dry winter with all 3 months (Dec-Feb) recording below normal rainfall. That said, it was still not quite as dry as the winter two years ago (2014/2015). The mean temperature for the winter was 6.1° which is almost 1 degree above normal. It was slightly cooler than last winter. (2015/2016).
Snowmageddon 2017 outside the Old Workhouse, Callan on Friday 13th. The much hyped cold snap delivered very little snow to the Kilkenny region.There were quite decent falls in mountainous parts of the southeast but alas temperatures were mostly above zero during the period. A small sprinkle of snow fell early in the morning in the Callan area gave a light dusting. Otherwise the month tended to get milder after this event.
January Weather Summary:
Overall it was a mild, dry month. Mean temperature was fractionally higher than Jan 2016 and it was the mildest since 2012. The lowest temperature was -4.9° on the 3rd and the highest was 12.0° on the 6th.
There were many dry days, with an anticyclone over southern England holding firm. It finally gave way on the 29th and on that day and the 30th, over half the monthly rainfall total was recorded. There were few stormy periods. The highest gust of 71 km/hr was recorded just before 7am on the 9th during a squall.