Aldergrove, any hour sunrise to sunset, 1997–2015
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Met Office station 1450: Aldergrove, County Antrim  (BT29 4); IRL grid reference: 314562E 380950N.
Coordinates:  N54°39'50" W6°13'26"  (54.664 -6.224), elevation 63 m.
Note: gusts not recorded in 3 out of the 19 years, 0.9% of daylight visibility records missing, 0.5% of daylight wind records missing.

This is the analysis for the average of 19 years  (1997–2015).
Time slot: sunrise to sunset  (any daylight hour); click below on the start time for a specific 2-hour slot, or on all-day for whole day analysis (all times are GMT):

any-hour  06:00  08:00  10:00  12:00  14:00  16:00  18:00  all-day

‘Flyable days’ analysis

This is the number of days in each month, on average, for which (in some daylight hour) the visibility was adequate, and there was no bad weather, and the wind speed was less than or equal to that shown on the left.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Hours
≤ 5 mph 9 8 11 13 14 17 18 16 13 10 9 8  146  40%  601  12%
≤ 10 mph 17 16 20 22 25 26 28 26 24 20 18 17  259  71%  1644  34%
≤ 15 mph 23 22 27 28 30 29 30 30 28 27 24 24  322  88%  2600  53%
≤ 20 mph 26 24 29 29 30 29 31 30 29 29 26 26  337  92%  2845  58%
≤ 30 mph 27 24 29 29 30 29 31 30 29 29 27 27  342  94%  2929  60%
≤ 40 mph 27 25 29 29 30 29 31 30 30 30 27 27  343  94%  2948  60%
any wind 27 25 29 29 30 29 31 30 30 30 27 27  343  94%  2951  60%
‘Total’ shows the total flyable days, on average, in a year, and the same as a percentage.
‘Hours’ shows the total flyable hours, on average, in a year, and the same as a percentage of total daylight hours.

Trend analysis

This is the average change (per year, over the 19 years) in the average number of days in each month for which (in some daylight hour) the visibility was adequate, and there was no bad weather, and the wind speed was less than or equal to that shown on the left.

For example, if a value of +0.5 is shown for a given month then that implies that since 1997 the number of flyable days in that month has increased by (on average) half a day per year.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
≤ 5 mph −0.2 +0.4 +0.1 +0.3 −0.2 +0.4 +0.3 −0.1 +0.1 +0.2 +0.1 −0.3  +0.1
≤ 10 mph   +0.6 +0.1 +0.1   +0.2 +0.2 +0.1 +0.2 +0.3 +0.1 −0.2  +0.2
≤ 15 mph +0.1 +0.4 +0.1 +0.2 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.2 +0.1 +0.2 +0.2 −0.1  +0.1
≤ 20 mph +0.1 +0.2 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1   +0.2 +0.2    +0.1
≤ 30 mph   +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1     +0.1   +0.1 +0.1    +0.1
≤ 40 mph +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1     +0.1   +0.1 +0.1    +0.1
any wind +0.1 +0.2 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1     +0.1   +0.1 +0.1    +0.1
Empty cells indicate negligible change; ‘Total’ shows the average trend over the whole year.

Visibility analysis

This is the number of days in each month, on average, for which (in some daylight hour) the visibility was adequate. That is, for the entire hour:
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Good days 29 27 30 30 31 30 31 30 30 31 29 30  358  98%

Bad weather analysis

This is the number of days in each month, on average, for which (in some daylight hour) no bad weather occurred. That is, for the entire hour, there was no rain, hail, snow, snow on the ground, icing conditions, thunderstorms, etc.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Good days 29 27 30 30 31 30 31 31 30 30 28 28  352  96%

Wind speed analysis

This is the number of days in each month, on average, for which (in some daylight hour) the maximum (gust) wind speed was less than or equal to the value shown on the left.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
≤ 5 mph 9 8 11 13 14 17 18 16 13 10 9 8  146  40%
≤ 10 mph 17 16 20 22 25 26 28 26 24 20 18 17  259  71%
≤ 15 mph 23 22 27 28 30 29 30 30 28 27 24 24  322  88%
≤ 20 mph 26 24 29 29 30 29 31 30 29 29 26 26  337  92%
≤ 30 mph 27 24 29 29 30 29 31 30 29 29 27 27  342  94%
≤ 40 mph 27 25 29 29 30 29 31 30 30 30 27 27  343  94%

Please send any comments, questions, or corrections to me, Mike Cowlishaw, at mfc@speleotrove.com.

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This page was last edited on 2017-01-01.