Kirkwall, 16:00 to 18:00, 1997–2015
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Met Office station 23: Kirkwall, Orkney  (KW17 2); OS grid reference: SY 482077.
Coordinates:  N58°57'14" W2°54'00"  (58.954 -2.900), elevation 26 m.
Note: gusts not recorded in 6 out of the 19 years, 2.6% of daylight visibility records missing, 17.6% of daylight precipitation records missing, 1.8% of daylight wind records missing.

This is the analysis for the average of 19 years  (1997–2015).
Time slot: 16:00 to 18:00  (two hours); click below for any-hour analysis, or a different start time, or 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 this timeslot) 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
≤ 5 mph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0  3  1%
≤ 10 mph 0 0 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 0 0 0  24  7%
≤ 15 mph 0 1 8 8 10 10 11 12 10 2 0 0  70  19%
≤ 20 mph 0 1 11 12 15 15 15 16 13 2 0 0  99  27%
≤ 30 mph 0 2 14 15 18 18 17 19 15 3 0 0  121  33%
≤ 40 mph 0 2 14 15 18 18 17 19 16 3 0 0  123  34%
any wind 0 2 15 15 19 18 17 19 16 3 0 0  124  34%
‘Total’ shows the total flyable days, on average, in a year, and the same as a percentage.

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 this timeslot) 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                           
≤ 10 mph     +0.1 +0.1   +0.1 +0.1   +0.1         
≤ 15 mph   +0.1 +0.2 +0.3 +0.1 +0.5 +0.4   +0.3        +0.2
≤ 20 mph   +0.1 +0.2 +0.3 +0.2 +0.7 +0.5   +0.3 +0.1      +0.2
≤ 30 mph   +0.1 +0.1 +0.3 +0.1 +0.6 +0.5 +0.1 +0.4 +0.1      +0.2
≤ 40 mph   +0.1 +0.1 +0.3 +0.1 +0.6 +0.4 +0.1 +0.4 +0.1      +0.2
any wind   +0.1 +0.1 +0.3 +0.1 +0.6 +0.4 +0.1 +0.4 +0.1      +0.2
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 this timeslot) the visibility was adequate. That is, for the entire timeslot:
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Good days 0 4 26 25 27 25 25 27 24 6 0 0  189  52%

Bad weather analysis

This is the number of days in each month, on average, for which (in this timeslot) no bad weather occurred. That is, for the entire timeslot, 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 15 13 16 18 21 20 21 20 18 15 13 14  204  56%

Wind speed analysis

This is the number of days in each month, on average, for which (in this timeslot) 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 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 3  16  4%
≤ 10 mph 5 4 5 4 5 5 6 6 6 6 5 7  65  18%
≤ 15 mph 13 10 12 13 15 16 18 18 16 14 13 14  172  47%
≤ 20 mph 19 16 18 20 23 24 26 25 22 20 19 20  251  69%
≤ 30 mph 27 24 27 28 30 29 31 30 29 28 26 27  335  92%
≤ 40 mph 29 26 29 29 31 30 31 31 30 30 28 29  353  97%

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