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April 2005 Weather Summary

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I don't know if anyone is actually interested in these personal monthly summaries, but if anyone is, I apologise for the lack of updates- I forgot about it. With my now having a professional weather station, I should have more of an incentive to update every month!April 2005 began with a fairly warm and sunny spell at my location in Cleadon, Tyne & Wear. Then it turned more unsettled. My main memories of April 2005 are the day of sunshine and heavy rain/hail showers on the 6th, and more significantly, the snow showers on the 8th, representing my first sighting of snow in April for four years. I remember wandering outside in the middle of a hailstorm on the 8th just to experience a covering of something on the ground in April 'in the flesh', even though it was just hail!It turned quite cloudy and wet around midmonth, with exceptional rain totals on the 15th/16th. The rest of the month was pretty benign, dry with some sunny spells at times, although at other times it was dull.Not having any reliable weather measuring equipment at this time, I can't provide stats but it was a fairly warm month, with near average sunshine, and wet due to the 15th/16th deluges.On my personal rating system (based on me giving a percentage score for the weather on each day of the month, then adding the scores together and dividing by the number of days in the month) April 2005 came out with 54%, which is pretty average. For the record, most months seem to come out with fifties scores on this system, with the best and worst (from my perspective) tending to come out with sixties, and thirties/forties scores respectively- the averaging tends to iron out the excesses.

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