Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Saturday, 5 May 2012

April 2012 compared weatherwise to April 2011

A show of pansies from April 2011

April 2012 has shown that no two years are the same. After a dry and warm March, this April has seen the year go into reverse as well as striking a number of areas with the much feared frost on the night of 16th-17th. April 2012 has been wet and relatively cold certainly in comparison to last year with an average maximum temperature of only 13.8˚C compared to a sweltering 20˚C last year. Rainfall at 122mm is over twice the average and nearly 100mms more than it was last year. 

Average max temperature:         13.8˚C
Total sunshine hours for month: 149
Total sunshine hours for year:    569
Rainfall in April                         122mm (only 14mm to 16th April)
Total rainfall: 2012 Jan-April:   180mm

Average max temperature:          20˚C
Total sunshine hours for month:  185
Total sunshine hours for year:     315
Rainfall in April:                          23mm
Total rainfall: 2012 Jan-April:    113mm

Averages for April 
(All averages based on 1971 - 2000, except hours of sunshine which are based on 1991 - 2000)

Average maximum temperature:  14.5˚C
Hours of sunshine:                     166
Rainfall:                                     55.5mm

Rainfall for the first four months: 233.5mm

Stats from Méteo France – weather station at Tours. 

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