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October 2017
October was similar to the last two years at 40.1mm.

April  2017
April was very dry - total was 11.7mm, but the total between 23 March and 29 April was only 4.9mm.
January & Feb 2017
A cold month with many nights at -4C to -6C. Feb was also cold with storm Doris on 23rd giving a wind gust of 94kph.

November - December 2016
In November, storm Angus and the unnamed storm that followed caused local flooding and 63mm of rain over 20-22 Nov.  On 29 Nov minimum was -7.0C.

March 2016
The major event was storm Katie on 28 March (Easter Monday) - 25mm of rain and strong winds that caused some damage and blew down several trees locally.

September 2014
September was a very dry month
at only 10.7mm. This makes it the driest month since we started these records in 2007.  This year has seen the driest (Sept) and the wettest (Jan) months for 7 years.

February 2014
A series of severe storms has caused widespread flooding, wind damage and travel disruption across southern England and Wales.  Rainfall for the month totalled 140.8mm which is another very high figure (average for the month ~60mm).  Notable wind gusts recorded here were 4 Feb - 93km/hr, 12 Feb - 106km/hr, 14 Feb - 100km/hr.  [106km/hr ~ 66mph]
Shown below left are the Somerset levels - flooding at West Sedgemoor looking north towards Stoke St Gregory and Burrowbridge with Burrow Mump just visible at top right.
West Sedgemoor floodsLangport flood
The image above shows flooding of the River Parrett at Langport.                    
January 2014
Last month's record rainfall was exceeded this month to achieve a new record of 165.8mm.  Serious flooding occurred on the Somerset levels, reaching national and international news.  Detailed analysis is given below.

December 2013
The wettest month in over 6 years at 142.7mm, just above the figure for December 2012. The weather has been mild with southerly winds and a succession of low pressure areas, causing significant damage and flooding across the UK.  The 23 Dec was particularly bad with 36mm of rain and 100kph wind gusts recorded here.

October 2013
A very wet month - at 126.9mm it is the second wettest month in the last 6 years.  The "St Jude" storm on the 28 Oct caused widespread damage and disruption across the south of England.  Weather reports suggested that Lydford was close to the centre of the low pressure system where winds were not as strong, and so we were lucky and suffered no damage.  It was a close thing, as Yeovilton is only 9km south of us and recorded a 76mph gust.

July 2013
Began hot and dry - no rain for 21 days from 2 to 22 July, ended with thunderstorms.  High temperatures up to ~34C causing distress to some plants.


2012
December was the wettest month for the last 5 years, at 140.7mm.  Very serious flooding occurred throughout the country and Somerset fared badly.  The fields are saturated, so that any further rain causes immediate run-off into adjacent property.  On 21 November 2012, very heavy rainfall causes floods throughout Somerset and the west country.  Lydford escaped lightly with "only" 42mm, compared with Okehampton's 92mm.  Very high wind speeds all day with a peak gust here of 105kph (65mph).  Many roads flooded and/or impassable.  Seriously flooded roads encountered between Baltonsborough and Wells.  River Brue at Lydford is up to the bridge arches again (see pic of May 2012 below).


The recently repaired lower weir at Lydford is seen here on 21 Nov 2012.  The water in the foreground is ~20feet deep. Image on right is same weir on 18 Nov.
lower weir in floodweir on 18 Nov
More info on the Lydford weir repair is at http://lydfordweir.org.uk/

August 2012 rainfall was 110.9mm, the wettest August since we started measurements in 2007.

29 August 2012 - a heavy band of rain passing through west to east depicted here.  This is called a line echo wave pattern. The pin indicates Somerton.  We recorded 30mm of rain that day. 

rainfall_map_290812


Brue flood
River Brue at Lydford on 1 May 2012.

Analysis

Rainfall is as measured by the Eastfield sub-normal meteorological station (ie my plastic rain gauge).  Average monthly rainfall figures are:-
over the whole period since June 07  =  61.4mm
2008: 61.3mm
2009: 61.7mm
2010: 41.2mm
2011: 51.6mm
2012: 81.7mm
2013: 60.4mm
2014: 76.1mm
2015: 57.1mm
2016: 60.1mm

Average for the last 12 months is 61.0mm.

Driest month: Sep 2014 at 10.7mm. 
Wettest month: January 2014 at 165.8mm.


monthly rainfall
The graph above shows monthly rainfall for the last 2 years (blue) together with the 4 month moving average (orange).