Monthly Climate Summary for February 1986  at Whipsnade, Beds
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         Persistently and often intensely cold. Heavy snow overnight 5th/6th otherwise largely dry back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was -2.9 ēC which is -5.9 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was -0.8 ēC which is -6.6 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was -5.0 ēC which is -5.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was -0.7 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was -5.0 ēC                
  Highest day max was 1.8 ēC on  the   2            
  Lowest day max was -4.1 ēC on  the 21            
  Highest night min was 1.0 ēC on  the 2            
  Lowest night min was -11.7 ēC on  the 21            
  Lowest grass min was -20.8 ēC on  the 10            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 26.6 mm which is 53.2 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 9.2 mm on  the 1            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was   hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration   hrs on  the              
  Mean rainfall intensity   mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 66.4 hrs which is 94.6 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 9.8 hrs on  the 26            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 12.0 cm on  the  6            
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1018.8 mbar which is +3.6 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1034.4 mbar on  the 11            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 1003.6 mbar on  the 17            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 27   0.2mm rain 13   No  sun 9   Snow lying 26    
Grnd Frost 27   1.0mm 5   3h  sun 8   Snow/sleet 16    
Max < 0ēC 20   5mm 2   6h  sun 5   Hail 1    
Max > 10 0   10mm 0   9h  sun 3   Thunder 0    
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 6    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0    
                         
Notable events during the month: Persistent freezing drizzle on the 2nd and 3rd.        
Snow lay from the night of 2nd/3rd throughout the month, although amounts of new snow were negligible after the 6th.      
                         
                         
The temperature climbed above zero for only a few hours from the afternoon of the 5th onwards.