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April - May 2021
April was dominated by high pressure, very dry and cold nights. There
nights below 0C, possibly a record. Plant life was slowed and some
damage occurred. Rather typically after a very dry April, May was
very wet at 112.5mm, getting quite warm in the last few days.
Feb - Mar 2021
First half of Feb continued very cold, then very windy, finishing with
high pressure, dry and sunny. March was variable with cold
nights, some high winds, but ending warm (20.5C) and dry.
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.
October to December 2020
Wet and windy October with 137.7mm of rain. November had 68.1mm.
Coldest night was 27 Nov with -3.7C. Rain in December at 105.5mm
was about average for the month, with the last few days turning very
cold. Minimum overnight 30/31 Dec was -6.1C and 31Dec/1 Jan was -6.3C.
Much drier this month with some warm days (14 Sep +29.3C) and colder nights at the end of the month (27 Sep, -0.4C)
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.
Mar - Apr 2020
March was much drier at 32.4mm, and April
likewise at 35.6mm. But this hides the very dry period from 15 March to
16 April with only 1.5mm of rain.
Jan - Feb 2020
Drier at 53.9mm with a cold spell 18-22 Jan. 19 Jan min was -5.6C and 21 Jan max was +1.1C.
February was very stormy - storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge caused record
flooding in the north and west of England, but thankfully not a record
here, although higher than average rainfall. High winds speeds were noted especially on 15 Feb at 106kph.
October, November, December 2019
119.9mm for October, 106.1 in November, and 118mm in December continuing a very wet period.
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.
Apr - Jul 2019
Some hot weather especially at Easter but then reverted to cool /
cold. Rainfall of 48mm. May and June mostly cool and wet with
low pressure, only changing at end of June. July was hot at times and very dry at only 18.1mm.
Jan - Mar 2019
January was unusually dry with
only 34.3mm of rain, but quite cold and a dusting of snow on 30
Jan. February was a month of contrasts - 1 Feb had a maximum of
+2.1C, 2/3 Feb showed a minimum of -8.1C, but the end of the month
provided record high temperatures, reaching +19.6C on 27 Feb.
Rainfall for the month was 43.9mm. First half of March was wet, second half very dry. Total 63mm.
Nov - Dec 2018
A return to wet and windy but mostly quite mild weather. Rainfall of 83.8mm, increasing to 103mm in December.
Aug - Oct 2018
Rainfall for August was just above average, but not
enough to compensate. Temperatures returned to about normal.
September had below average rainfall again, with rain on 22/23 Sept
then nil for rest of the month. Rain in October was below average at 53.1mm.
May - Jul 2018
A record dry and hot period with rainfall in June equalling the lowest
monthly figure since 2007 at 10.7mm. The six weeks from 5 June to 28
July had only 6.2mm. Temperatures reached 30C or more on several
Feb - Apr 2018
A very cold spell with extreme cold at end of February but bright and
sunny, so low rainfall. Turning very cold - overnight
-5.9C and below 0 daytime. Snow on 1 March and again on 18 March,
then heavy rainfall at end March, monthly total 116.5mm. April
Dec 2017 - Jan 2018
Quite cold here, but no snow despite sigificant amounts elsewhere. Min temp -5.8C on 11/12 Dec.. Wet January, 92mm, and fairly cold.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rainfall is as
measured by the Eastfield sub-normal meteorological station (ie my
plastic rain gauge). Average monthly rainfall figures are:-
over the whole
since June 07 = 62.9mm
Average for the last 12 months is 77.9mm.
Records (since June 2007):-
graph above shows monthly rainfall for the last 2 years (blue)
together with the 4 month moving average (orange).
Driest month: May 2020 at 2.3mm. 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: 34.4C on 12 August 2020
Lowest temperature: -13.6C on 18/19 Dec 2010