[from Manx Note Book, vol 1, 1885] 

Weather Summary

THE YEAR 1884 HAS BEEN A VERY FINE AND WARM ONE, THE TEMPERATURE BEING CONSIDERABLY IN EXCESS OF TI-IE mean and the rainfall below it, as will be seen from the annexed table. It is, however, remarkable that the amount of sunshine registered has been less than in any previous year. The great storm of the 26th January is said to have been more severe than any experienced since the 7th January, 1839. The first three months were wet, stormy, and mild; the following three very dry, and consequently both hay and straw were light crops; July was warm, and rather wet; August remarkably fine and warm; September was equally genial, with rather more rain; October fine; November at first stormy and rather wet, then finer; December mild and stormy to the 2oth, after which date it was dry and cold. It is noticeable that the 9 a.m. temperature at Peel is lower and the 9 p.m. higher than at Cronkbourne and Castletown. This is doubtless caused by the proximity of the station there to the sea. The rainfall in the Douglas district is, as usual, in excess of the others. The register at Snaefell (Lher,-yrhenny) is unfortunately not reliable, as the guage was upset on several occasions during the summer months. Barometrical pressure-mean for 1884, 29'922; highest 30'714 on the 5th October, at 9 a.m. ; lowest --7'901 on the 26th January, at 6-30 p.m. Temperature-in shade, highest, 79'7 at Peel, on the 28th June; 10WeSt, 26'4 at Cronkbourne, on the 26th December; highest in sun, 136'0 at Peel, on the 28th June; lowest on grass, 18'6 at Cronkbourne on the 26th December. Greatest rainfall in 24 hours-1620 in. on the 3rd January at Castletown. Duration of sunshine-1,466 hours, being an average of 4 hours per diem. (In 1880, 1,650 hours; in 1881, 1,547 hours; in 1882, 1,572 hours; and in 1883, 1,666 hours were registered.) Observers, 1884: A. W. Moore, Cronkbourne; T. H. Davis, Peel; Dr. Clague, Castletown; Douglas Water Works Co., Clypse, Onchan; G. L. Trustrum, Port Erin; Rev. B. J. S. Lupton, St. Mark's; Wm. Harris, Snaefell; Rev. F. Lamothe, Andreas. On the first of January, 1885, a rain guage, lent by Mr G. J. Symons, F.R.S., was placed on the summit of Snaefell, and the rainfall observations on the north-west slope of that mountain were discontinued. Mr. E. C. Kerr has commenced temperature and rainfall observations at Ramsey.

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