Monthly Climate Summary for  March  2010  at Whipsnade (Lodge)
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                                  Cold anticyclonic first half;  unsettled milder second half       back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was 5.5 ēC which is +0.4 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 9.3 ēC which is +0.7 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 1.7 ēC which is 0.0 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 9.3 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 1.6 ēC                
  Highest day max was 16.1 ēC on  the   18            
  Lowest day max was 3.6 ēC on  the 7            
  Highest night min was 9.7 ēC on  the 20            
  Lowest night min was -7.2 ēC on  the 5            
  Lowest grass min was -9.9 ēC on  the 5            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 40.7 mm which is 69.0 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 6.2 mm on  the 25            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 51.9 hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 8.4 hrs on  the 30            
  Mean rainfall intensity 0.78 mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 121.2 hrs which is 115.8 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 10.2 hrs on  the 7            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 0.0 cm on  the               
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1017.2 mbar which is +2.6 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1034.8 mbar on  the 7            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 985.0 mbar on  the 31            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 13   0.2mm rain 13   No  sun 0   Snow lying 0    
Grnd Frost 19   1.0mm 12   3h  sun 16   Snow/sleet 1    
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 3   6h  sun 10   Hail 2    
Max > 10 17   10mm 0   9h  sun 2   Thunder 1    
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 1    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0    
                         
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