Kirkwall, 12:00 to 14:00, 1997–2017
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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 21 years, 2.9% of daylight visibility records missing, 16.0% of daylight precipitation records missing, 2.1% of daylight wind records missing.

This is the analysis for the average of 21 years  (1997–2017).
Time slot: 12:00 to 14:00  (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 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1  6  2%
≤ 10 mph 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 3 2 3 4  36  10%
≤ 15 mph 7 5 7 7 10 11 11 11 8 7 6 6  95  26%
≤ 20 mph 9 8 10 10 14 15 15 16 12 10 9 9  135  37%
≤ 30 mph 12 11 13 14 18 17 18 18 15 14 12 12  175  48%
≤ 40 mph 13 12 14 15 18 17 18 18 16 14 12 12  179  49%
any wind 13 12 15 15 18 18 18 18 16 14 12 12  182  50%
‘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 21 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                       +0.1 +0.1
≤ 10 mph −0.2 +0.1 +0.1 +0.1   +0.1 +0.2 +0.1   +0.1   +0.1 +0.6
≤ 15 mph −0.2 +0.2 +0.2 +0.2 +0.1 +0.3 +0.4 +0.2 +0.2 +0.4 +0.1 +0.1 +2.2
≤ 20 mph −0.2 +0.3 +0.3 +0.2 +0.3 +0.5 +0.4 +0.3 +0.3 +0.3 +0.1 +0.1 +2.8
≤ 30 mph −0.2 +0.4 +0.3 +0.2 +0.3 +0.4 +0.4 +0.3 +0.3 +0.4 +0.1 +0.1 +2.9
≤ 40 mph −0.2 +0.4 +0.2 +0.2 +0.3 +0.4 +0.4 +0.3 +0.3 +0.4 +0.1 +0.1 +2.9
any wind −0.2 +0.4 +0.3 +0.2 +0.3 +0.4 +0.4 +0.3 +0.4 +0.4 +0.1 +0.1 +3.1
Empty cells indicate negligible change; ‘Total’ shows the sum of the trends 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 27 24 26 26 27 26 26 27 25 26 26 27  312  86%

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 17 20 19 20 20 18 16 13 14  202  55%

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 1 1 1 1 1 1 3  14  4%
≤ 10 mph 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 4 5 7  59  16%
≤ 15 mph 12 8 11 12 14 16 17 17 13 12 12 13  157  43%
≤ 20 mph 18 14 18 18 22 23 25 24 21 18 18 19  238  65%
≤ 30 mph 26 23 27 28 30 29 31 30 29 28 26 27  333  91%
≤ 40 mph 29 27 29 29 30 30 31 31 29 30 28 29  352  96%

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This page was last edited on 2018-02-09.