Kerry ex­pe­ri­ences wettest Septem­ber in over a decade

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

SEPTEM­BER 2017 was the wettest Septem­ber recorded by Kerry’s main ob­ser­va­tory for over a decade ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data re­leased by Met Éire­ann.

The South Kerry cen­tre recorded more than 200 mil­lime­tres of rain through­out the month, which was the high­est to­tal ex­pe­ri­enced by any of Ire­land’s main ob­ser­va­to­ries. It was also some 80 mil­lime­tres wet­ter than Valen­tia’s Septem­ber av­er­age.

On Septem­ber 2, the sta­tion en­dured al­most 40 mil­lime­tres of rain, mak­ing it the wettest day recorded last month by any of Ire­land’s main sta­tions. For con­text, this was well over half of what Dublin’s Case­ment Aero­drome recorded for its en­tire month.

The ob­ser­va­tory also recorded seven ‘very wet days’ – de­fined as days with more than 10 mil­lime­tres of rain­fall – the high­est to­tal ex­pe­ri­enced by any of Ire­land’s main sta­tions.

In terms of sun­shine, it was a mixed month for Valen­tia. Septem­ber 1 saw more than 12 hours of sun­shine in the re­gion, mak­ing it the sun­ni­est day recorded by any of Ire­land’s main ob­ser­va­to­ries last month.

How­ever, that was not a sign of things to come. The sta­tion ex­pe­ri­enced just 100 hours of sun­shine in to­tal for Septem­ber, which was one of the low­est fig­ures recorded by the coun­try’s main ob­ser­va­to­ries, and Valen­tia topped the national charts with its ten ‘dull days’, which are de­fined as days with less than 30 min­utes of sun­shine.

The sta­tion’s av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for Septem­ber was 13.3 de­grees Cel­sius, more than half a de­gree colder than av­er­age. The av­er­age soil tem­per­a­ture was 14.2 de­grees Cel­sius.

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