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.
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.