Monthly Climate Summary for  October 2008 at Whipsnade (The Lodge)
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             Changeable;  mostly fine and warm second week; exceptional wintry spell towards the end   back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was 8.9 ēC which is -0.9 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 12.4 ēC which is -0.6 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 5.4 ēC which is -1.3 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 12.6 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 4.8 ēC                
  Highest day max was 19.4 ēC on  the   12            
  Lowest day max was 3.1 ēC on  the 29            
  Highest night min was 12.0 ēC on  the 5            
  Lowest night min was -4.4 ēC on  the 29            
  Lowest grass min was -7.9 ēC on  the 29            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 58.0 mm which is 85.3 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 11.3 mm on  the 20            
Number of hours with rain was                    
TSR rainfall duration was 47.1 hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 8.5 hrs on  the 20            
  Mean rainfall intensity 1.23 mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 140.8 hrs which is 132.2 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
Equiv. C/S sunshine total was   hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily sun was 9.5 hrs on  the 11            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 7.0 cm on  the               
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1014.9 mbar which is -0.5 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1032.4 mbar on  the 9            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 995.2 mbar on  the 5            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 4   0.2mm rain 13   No  sun 4   Snow lying 2    
Grnd Frost 15   1.0mm 11   3h  sun 19   Snow/sleet 2    
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 5   6h  sun 13   Hail 2    
Max > 10 25   10mm 2   9h  sun 3   Thunder 0    
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 1    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0    
                         
Notable events during the month:                  
7cm snowfall overnight 28th/29th arguably the greatest in the area in October since 1880