The Weather of November 2012
Wet and windy at times; cold everywhere
Rainfall was above average mainly in the South, West and south Dublin with below average percentage values recorded in parts of the Midlands and Ulster, with long-term average (LTA) values ranging from 54% at Dunsany to 129% at Shannon Airport. Malin Head reported 80% of its LTA value with 85.8 mm, its driest November since 1997 (15 years) and its highest daily rainfall of 8.5mm on the 10th was its lowest November daily rainfall since 1983 (29 years). Number of wetdays (days with 1 mmor more) ranged from 11 at Dunsany to 26 at Newport, with a below average number of wetdays recorded in parts of the Southeast and East. Mean temperatures were below average, with differences from average mainly largest in parts of the West and Southwest, as much as nearly 2°C at Markree. Despite stations measuring below average temperatures it was not as cold as November 2010. Mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were also below normal, with the mean maximum temperature of 9.7°C recorded at Belmullet, the lowest since 1985 (27 years). Highest maxima were recorded on the 12th, 13th and 19th with the monthly highest temperature of 14.5°C recorded at Phoenix Park on the 19th. Highest maximum temperatures recorded in parts of the Midlands, South and Southwest the lowest in eight to 36 years. The month’s lowest minimum temperatures were all recorded at the start and end month, with the month’s lowest minimum temperature was -4.5°C recorded at Markree on the 25th. Available percentage of average sunshine values ranged from 84% at Belmullet to 139% at Dublin Airport, it’s sunniest November since 2006 (6 years). A majority of the six stations measuring sunshine reported above average sunshine, with number of dull days (days with less than 0.5 hours) between seven at Dublin Airport and 12 at Shannon Airport. The highest daily sunshine was at Dublin and Cork Airports on the 3rd and the 5th, respectively, with 8.4 hours, the highest November daily sunshine for Cork Airport since 2006 (6 years).
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