February was mild and wet. There is little doubt that this was a winter of two real halves and a middle that was neither really.
February ended up very wet indeed with low pressure in control, crashing in from the Atlantic and stalling over Yorkshire. We saw some exceptional one-day totals but luckily for us the rest of the winter had normal rainfall so flooding was local and mainly of a road nature. The highest one day total came in the 24 hours up to the 4th at 8am when 34.7mm fell. That’s nearly an inch and a half. What was exceptional and certainly the wettest February three-day period for at least 20 years came between the 4th to the 6th when an astonishing 88mm of rain fell or over a month’s rainfall in just 72 hours! Amazing what living in the Pennines can achieve. In total we had 155mm of rain or three times the normal for February and will probably go down as the wettest on record for Huddersfield.
If all this was not enough to take in, we also nearly had a frost free February with the lowest temperature of the month being 0°C 32°F on the mornings of the 15th and 19th. Just to drive how exceptional February was for us the average was some 2.3°C above the normal with a monthly maximum of 11.2°C on the 24th making it almost spring-like. and almost double the normal average daily maximum for Huddersfield?