Just reading the news and came across this announcement...average hours (NOT EVEN DAYS!) of sunshine??? Oh wow, no wonder I need the sun now!!! I'm in shock that it is so little...but it helps make me understand why I get down in the winter.
February of 2006 the gloomiest ever 2 March 2006 BRUSSELS — The February of 2006 has officially entered the record books as Belgium's gloomiest February ever. Meteorological institute RMI said on Thursday the sun shone for just 29 hours and 55 minutes in February. RMI also said last month's exceptionally low amount of sunshine occurs just once every 100 years. Normally, 73 hours of sun is recorded in February. This year's February was the gloomiest ever, beating the previous record set in 1966 when 35 hours of sunshine were recorded. A higher amount of rain and snow than average was also recorded last month. February of 2006 was also colder than normal — something which could be said for the entire 2005-06 winter. Average temperatures this winter were 2.5 degrees Celsius compared with the long-term average of 3.1 degrees. The colder than normal winter weather is noteworthy given the last few winters have been very mild.