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Bill W
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« on: May 03, 2012, 09:32:26 AM »

Hello,
After hearing about the record breaking rainfall south of the border I had a look at my own figures.
For me April was a bit drier than the average as far as I can tell but I had an extra-ordinarily dry March.
Using a ye-olde fashioned measuring cylinder I had 29.6mm in March. In my location in the  south west this is almost desert conditions!
I'd be interested to hear how this compares with other network members.
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 08:25:54 AM »

My own are near average;

March was down on the average by about 11mm at 57.2mm.
April was 58.6, up 3mm on the monthly average.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 01:03:52 PM »

Hi,
I came across this whilst looking on the BBC iPlayer. There is a BBC English Regional programme called Inside Out. If you do a search on the iPlayer for Drought 2012 you'll find the programme.
It's an interesting generalised (it's kind of lifestyle type programme) look at the situation down south.
The shots of the Spanish church in the resevoir are quite remarkable.
Cheers,
Bill.
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 07:49:20 PM »

Yep,
Most of my family live in Hampshire so I get regular updates.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 09:31:44 PM »

On re-reading that post, the Spanish church was at the bottom of a dried out resevoir in Spain, not the south of England....
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012, 04:49:59 PM »

After hearing about the record breaking rainfall south of the border I had a look at my own figures.
...I'd be interested to hear how this compares with other network members.
Rainfall reversal between here & there seems to be a bit of a pattern?

Last Winter "they" were still building up to a drought, but we (here on Skye at least) only had 2 "no rain" days between mid November and a good way though January.

Last May they were having Sun Sun Sun, while we had ~240mm of rain in the month very nearly making May the wettest month of 2011 (December, which itself was wetter than usual, only beat May by ~20mm).

See how the NW bucks the trend on this rainfall chart from 2007:  Smiley
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/july2007/

And again (but in the opposite direction  Sad ) on the rainfall chart about halfway down this page
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/interesting/2011_spring/

I first saw this pattern mentioned in the "Skye Data Encyclopedia" (used to be available on-line, but google's doesn't seem to have heard of it nowadays). IIRC it said it was something to do with the size of weather systems that typically affect the UK? I don't think I've seen it mentioned as "a weather pattern" anywhere else?

FWIW I've attached a chart of the monthly rainfall we've measured here from January 2008 through to now.
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2012, 11:31:27 AM »

Hi,

The low pressure that skirted by us yesterday certainly produced some heavy rain.
I had 16mm in less than two hours with a short period of squally winds,

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2012, 09:22:29 PM »

I've only had 23.6mm of rain this month, and that includes the 3.2mm for today!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2012, 08:23:33 AM »

The low pressure that skirted by us yesterday certainly produced some heavy rain.
I had 16mm in less than two hours with a short period of squally winds,
Yesterday produced a new record "rain in 1 hour" here with 17.8mm, most of which actually fell in less than 10 minutes!

Overall yesterday delivered 33mm, not a long way from doubling the month to date rain total (from 46.4mm to 79.4mm).

A week before the MTD total stood at around 15mm.
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 09:30:47 AM »

Yep, nice day for building the fence yesterday.  Roll Eyes
35mm in the 24 hours, just 3.1mm short of my all time record, but only 13.4mm in one hour.

Still, we got the fence finished even if we were a bit wet by the end of it.  Grin
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