Analysis of Lydford weather
graph below shows monthly rainfall for the last 2 years (blue)
together with the 4 month moving average (orange).
The chart below shows average monthly rainfall by month, 1=January etc. NB. Large variations from year to year.
This chart shows the total rainfall in each year.
Records (since June 2007):-
Driest month: May 2020 at 2.3mm. Second driest is July 2022 at 8.5mm. Previous driest were Sep 2014 and June 2018 both at 10.7mm.
Wettest month: January 2014 at 165.8mm.
Wettest day: 18 June 2020 at 62.5mm
Highest temperature: 37.7C on 18 July 2022. Previous highest was 34.4C on 12 August 2020
Lowest temperature: -13.6C on 18/19 Dec 2010
Highest wind speed gust 124kph on 18 Feb 2022
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The month was dry and hot - a new maximum temperature of 37.7C was recorded on 18 July. Rainfall was the 2nd lowest at 8.5mm.
May - June 2022
May was arm at the start but then colder and quite wet at times. June
had some warm days, best +30.8C on 22 June, then a lot colder to month
Mar - Apr 2022
Better weather with a high of 21.2C on 24 March, but then much colder.
April was variable with frosty nights at first but then dry but mostly
A series of severe storms occurred from 14th to 21st Feb. Most serious was Storm Eunice on 18th with maximum gust speed recorded of 124kph (77mph, 67knots) - highest wind speed recorded at this address.
There was a further storm Franklin on 20th and 21st with gusts of
90kph. Eunice caused damage to the house roof and a power outage for
Dec 2021 - Jan 2022
January was dry with high pressure dominating and frosty nights. Lowest temperature was -7.4 on 21 January.
An unusally dry month at 12.7mm, only 7 days with recorded rainfall.
The month ended with storm Arwen on 26/27th with serious damage in NE
England and Scotland. The local fibre and landline cable here was
broken by a tree fall.
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A cold month, minimum of -6.3 on 1 Jan and many days
with overnight below zero. 7 Jan notable for a maximum daytime
temperature of -2.3C. Extreme frost - image shows "frosticles" on
a guy rope.
June, July, August 2020
After the record dry May, we got a near record wet June, a total of 120.3mm and with the highest one day rainfall yet recorded here of 62.5mm on 18 June . July returned to a nearer average rainfall, and rather cool at times although a hot day on 31st at 30.7C. August had the hottest day so far on the 12th with 34.4C, followed by about 4 days of very humid weather with thunderstorms. Rainfall was high at 118.9mm.
A record dry month - the driest since these records began in 2007, with only 2.3mm of rain.
Total for the month was 99.3mm. On 11 August a stream of thunderstorms with torrential rain resulted in rainfall of 51mm - the highest one day figure since these records began in 2007.
The previous highest figure was 37mm on 24 July 2015. The weather
map shows the line of storms which continued to move from SW to NE over
the afternoon and evening.
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.
The image above shows flooding
of the River Parrett at
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.
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.
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.
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
December was the wettest month for the last 5 years, at 140.7mm.
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.
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.
River Brue at Lydford on 1 May 2012.