Monthly Climate Summary for February 2009 at Whipsnade (The Lodge)
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   Cold and wintry first half with several heavy snowfalls; mild and dry but often cloudy second half back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was 2.9 ēC which is -0.1 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 5.4 ēC which is -0.4 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 0.4 ēC which is +0.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 5.4 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 0.2 ēC                
  Highest day max was 11.8 ēC on  the   27            
  Lowest day max was -0.8 ēC on  the 2            
  Highest night min was 6.2 ēC on  the 25            
  Lowest night min was -7.9 ēC on  the 7            
  Lowest grass min was -8.8 ēC on  the 7            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 66.8 mm which is 133.6 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 24.5 mm on  the 9            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 68.9 hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 17.0 hrs on  the 9            
  Mean rainfall intensity   mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 55.5 hrs which is 79.1 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 8.5 hrs on  the 21            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 19.0 cm on  the  6            
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1016.1 mbar which is +0.9 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1032.4 mbar on  the 21            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 988.1 mbar on  the 5            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 13   0.2mm rain 13   No  sun 10   Snow lying 15    
Grnd Frost 25   1.0mm 9   3h  sun 9   Snow/sleet 10    
Max < 0ēC 1   5mm 4   6h  sun 1   Hail 1    
Max > 10 3   10mm 3   9h  sun 0   Thunder 0    
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 9    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0    
                         
Notable events during the month:                  
21cm of level snow lying on the afternoon of the 6th