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Weather Report – JANUARY 2024, for Ansty Village Parish, from the Ansty Meteorologist..

January began where December 2023 left off – with two deep depressions crossing southern areas with wide bands of heavy rain – leading to further surface flooding across the lowlands of our region. The first depression was a named Storm: ‘Henck’ which powered in the 2nd depression across our region giving us another deluge of rain arrived on the 4th resulting in many flood alerts and low-lying land being flooded. Salisbury and the lower Nadder Valley saw rivers at their highest since the 2013-14 winter period.

After this initial rainfall deluge, pressure began to rise as two anticyclones started to intensify: one over Scandinavia and another centred over the Azores, killing off the rain bearing fronts that had plagued us for so long.

January 5th, -11th inclusive were all dry days although there was a hint of a light snow shower on the 8th – as it grew progressively colder but remaining dry. The snow dusting hardly qualified as ‘a day of lying’ snow! Frost remained on the ground in shady areas.

Subtle changes began by the 12th as the Anticyclone centred near us started to shift to make way for a front to move down from the north on the 14th bringing milder conditions very temporarily in the south before bringing further colder temperatures from the 15th – 19th. Fifteen days then passed without a single drop of measurable precipitation- which allowed the floods of early January to subside.

The 21st saw a return to milder Atlantic weather with a series of troughs and fronts crossing our locality bringing with it some rain and wind too. Storm Isha whipped across on the 21st into 22nd bringing very gusty winds to our location. This was followed by storm Jocelyn on the 23rd which affected Scotland and parts of the west of the UK. This was the tenth storm of the autumn and winter season 23-24! Fortunately, rainfall amounts in Ansty were quite small this time.

The rest of the week remained mild until the 26th with weak fronts passing by. The 26th saw a clearance and the day was fresh with good sunny spells. Fine weather (with some frosty nights) then persisted into the last weekend of the month before cloudier skies resulted in milder conditions again.

When the statistics were compiled for the end of the month, we found that the monthly average was a little above the average for the month: 4.2 C ( with 3.9 C being the long-term average) making it milder by 0.3 of a C degree when compared with the Long-Term Average (LTA). The monthly rainfall was slightly below average – and most of this fell in the first 4 days of the month – causing widespread flooding in parts of our area of Wiltshire. There was a run of sharp frosts between the 15th and the 19th. It was often quite windy during the early days of January but much calmer during the cold spell as anticyclonic conditions prevailed. Not an extraordinary month by any means: but lots of plants (and some birds) are being fooled by the current mild spell of the last fortnight – thinking spring is almost here!

Will it remain mild as we go into February, or might there be some snow? Once again, the signs point to mostly mild conditions for the near future.

Ansty Village Weather Station – JANUARY 2024 Statistics: 

Temperatures: Average Minimum 0.7 C (Long Term Av: 1.1 C) Average Maximum 7.7 C (Long Term Average 6.6 C) Overall Mean: 4.2 C (Long Term Average 3.9  C)

Highest daily Max: 12.5 C (2nd); Lowest daily Min: 1.8 C (17th) Highest nightly Max 9 C (29th); Lowest nightly Min -9.1 C (19th)

Rainfall: Monthly total: 3.27 ins (83.06 mm) LTA 3.64 ins (92.46 mm); Wettest day: 1.02 ins (26.07 mm) 4th; Number of days when it rained: 11 (measurable rain!)

Sunshine recorded: 14 days.

Night (Air) Frosts recorded:  13

Average monthly atmospheric pressure: 1017mb – low-pressure conditions in early January; high-pressure prevailed for most of the second half of month.

Average monthly humidity: 89.1% High humidity.

Average monthly wind speed: 2.8 mph (4.5 km/h); Highest wind gust: 34.7 mph (55.83 km/h) on the 21st. These figures would be easily doubled for more exposed locations in the Parish of Ansty.

To view all the Ansty monthly weather statistics tap JANUARY 2024 for details and more besides!

Tap/click for the:  Ansty Village Annual Weather Statistics for 2023 and view the summary!

Click on this weather station image to access current and past weather data for the Bourne Valley, near Porton in Salisbury 

The data from any weather station will reflect its own topography, altitude and local environment. Figures will vary somewhat from other reporting weather stations even close by. Typically each station locality possesses its own micro-climate and Ansty is no exception.   Over a year (or even longer) these variations are ironed out somewhat but a picture of the local climate emerges. Weather readings for Ansty are compiled from two very local weather stations.



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