Farming Weather Analysis
Wednesday 22 February 2017 16:00
Feb has been a very dry month, as indeed the whole of Winter has been. And in the past 14 days rainfall has been at less than the 50% level for the bulk of the country, with only Munster and south-Leinster coming in above that. However the synoptic weather position has finally shifted and the blocking that had been semi-permanent for the past 4-months has now disappeared. So for the next 7days or so rainfall will return to more normal levels and across northern counties it will be around twice average values for the week ahead.
It has been a remarkably mild Winter and this has been followed by an early start to Spring with temperatures in the past week measuring around 3 to 4 degrees higher than normal. Although these level of temperatures will be pegged back in the coming week values will still remain above average by about a degree or so.
Despite the dry and mild weather of recent days it hasn't been very sunny with only 30 to 50% over average values. And with wet weather forecast for the week ahead sunshine will remain generally supressed, although tomorrow and Friday will be bright days.
Drying will be poor overall.
Opportunities for spraying will be a bit limited.
Well drained soils will remain trafficable over the coming days. Moderately drained soils are trafficable at present but will become saturated at times during the coming week. Poorly drained soils are saturated or waterlogged and will remain so during the coming week.