Belstone Weather Statistics – Courtesy of Simon Herbert

Simon began keeping weather records for Belstone in July 2011 and we first posted his results on the website at the end of January 2012. We hope they will make interesting reading, over time! If you have anything to add to these records, please contact the editors.

Simon’s comments on this year 2016:

January: Very similar to 2014 just warmer and perhaps surprisingly not as wet. The warmest since I started.
March
: Wettest March since I started but colder than 2014 and 2015.
April: Not surprisingly colder than last year but warmer than the year before which I think is a surprise.
June: Highest June temperature since I started, also the wettest June.
September: I believe that was the warmest September since I started.
October: The surprise is that it was the coldest October by quite a long way since I started and the obvious fact is that it was the driest since I started.
November: Half of the rainfall came in three consecutive days .
December
: The significant figure is the low rainfall which is by far the lowest rainfall since I started.

2016: Average high 11.89 Average low 7.73 Overall 9.81. The average high is exactly the same as 2015 and the average low slightly higher, giving a 0.02 rise from 2015. 2014 at 10.34 is the highest. Total rainfall of 1206mm (48.24 ins) is by far the lowest since I started.

MONTH

AVGE TEMP

AVGE HIGH

AVGE LOW

RAINFALL
(mm)

Jan 5.73 7.51 3.95 242.5
Feb 4.66 6.66 2.65 193.5
Mar 4.95 7.19 2.71 146.5
April 6.83 9.16 4.5 53.0
May 11.8 14.74 8.85 46.5
June  14.26  16.08  12.44  93.5
July  16.02  18.10  13.95  25.5
August  15.6  17.7  13.5  80.0
September  15.17  17.07  13.26  80.0
October  9.62  11.73  7.5  45.0
November  6.2  8.1  4.3  141
December  6.86  8.58  5.14  59

February: 113.5mm snow (near enough 4in)
April: Interestingly last April was warmer at 9.52 overall average and this was the second driest month since I started recording. What happened to April showers ?
May: Despite thinking that this was the coldest May for ages, I was surprised to see that May 2013 was quite a bit cooler.
June: Nothng too remarkable, except that it was cooler than last June – perhaps surprisingly.
July: It has been the coldest July by a long way since I started and also the wettest too!

August: We thought August was very cool, surprisingly it was only just cooler than last year. However the rainfall is an August record since I started. Every month so far this year has been cooler than last year, which was the warmest since I started.
September: Again cooler than last year with rainfall on the heavy side of average.
October: Another colder month than last year with rainfall the lowest October figure since I started.
November: The warmest November since I started and the first month warmer than last year’s equivalent.
December: Easily the highest December temperatures since I started, but not the highest rainfall which was December 2013.

Continuing our much talked about rain, in this very wet winter, January had almost as much rain as December 2013.
February:
this is the 2nd wettest month since my recordings started in July of 2011, only just behind December 2012 which had 344 mm and, of course, 31 days as opposed to 28. So pro rata on a daily basis this was the wettest month on my records. Must expect a summer drought !
April warmer & wetter, June warmer than last year.
September: lowest rainfall by a mile since I started and warmest Sept since I started also. Despite the warmth we didn’t have one day that got to 20 C.
October: warmest since I started, for what it is worth, and strangely the second driest in the last 4 years.
Total Rainfall 1,659.5 mm or 66.38 ins
This is certainly the warmest year overall since I have been recording, but 2012 was quite a bit wetter.

Of February, 2013, Simon says: Interestingly this is the coldest month since I started recording in July 2011 and both January and February have the smallest spreads between hottest and coldest since then.
March 2013: We had 2 days when we had 95 mm of rain which meant that the rest of the month was pretty dry. And this March was 10 degrees colder than last year which certainly is dramatic.
December 2013: The second wettest month since I started these records. December 2012 being the wettest.

Totals for 2013:
Temperature
Overall Av 9.17
Av High 11.10
Av Low 7.24
Rainfall
1388.5 mm or approx. 55.54 inches.
That is quite a bit down on 2012 which was 1850.7 mm

Coincidentally the average highs for 2012 and 2013 are exactly the same at 11.10 and the average low for 2013 is a little higher than 2012 which means that the overall average is a bit higher. 9.17 verses 8.77

Belstone Rainfall 2012 – a Record?

In 2012 Simon recorded 74in/1850.7mm of rain. Was this Belstone’s wettest year? No. Averaged over the years between 1967 and 2000, the annual rainfall recorded at the Water Treatment Works by Watchet gate was 61.1in/1552mm. Three very wet years stand out in this time span; 1974 (83.9in/2130mm), 1994 (82.6in/2097mm) and 2000 (79.3in/2015mm). Rain fell on 90 consecutive days from 19 September 2000 – the wettest being 29 October, when 4in/100mm fell in 24 hours. Information from The Book of Belstone
Fifty years ago Belstone was in the grip of severe snow and ice which arrived on Boxing Day 1962 and remained until March 1963. Michael Ash remembers there being snow on Dartmoor until June.