An unsettled February in Carrick

MOST of February was unsettled but with no great amounts of rain. The total rainfall, as measured 2.5 miles east of Ballantrae was 95.3mm, a little below the 16-year average of 108.7mm.

The first week or so was mostly cold with night frosts but it then turned milder and even more so in the last 10 days.

The mean temperature worked out at 5.7C, a little above the average for the last 11 years of 5.03C.

The highest temperature was 13.1C on the 23rd, and the lowest overnight was -3.1C early on the 2nd.

Many camelias were in full bloom by the end of the month, while the most spectacular astronomical event was at 6.30pm on the 24th when the new moon, Venus and Jupiter appeared in a straight line to the west.

The two planets move even closer together until the 13th of March.

The first butterfly was seen on the first of March.