Lydford rainfall


Analysis is shown below.

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August 2021
Cool and wet to start with. Last 10 days were dry and cloudy and cool. Very low minimum of 4.4C on 29th.

June - July 2021
Some warm days in the middle of June, with some very cool.  Rainfall about average. A week of hot weather in mid July, over 30C max for 7 days, followed by cool and wet. 

April - May 2021
April was dominated by high pressure, very dry and cold nights. There were 16 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.

Jan 2021
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.

September 2020
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.

May 2020
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.

August 2019
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.

Storm 11 August

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
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 days.
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 fairly wet.

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  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.

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

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. 


Brue flood
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 period since June 07  =  62.8mm
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
2017: 64.2mm
2018: 58.7mm
2019: 70.3mm
2020: 71.3mm

Average for the last 12 months is 69.7mm.

Records (since June 2007):-
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

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