We are just over halfway through October, and once again we have already recorded more rain than we would normally expect for the whole month. As I type this we have reached 94mm, and it’s still raining.
This will be the fourth month of 2012 to pass the 100mm mark. There were only three such months in the very wet 2008, and quite often we go a whole year without any month reaching 100mm. Our year-to-date rainfall total is now 736mm (it will be higher by the time you read this), and at this point in 2008 we had recorded 740mm. Hence 2012 may set a new rainfall record for the five years the weather station has been running – and that is after an exceptionally dry first quarter (rainfall to the end of March 2012 was less than half the average).
Continuing with the watery theme, the recent high tides have been accentuated by the low barometric pressure as well as the blustery wind. The tides are running about 0.5m higher than predicted, putting flood defences to the test – and reminding one or two people that all the flood defences in the world won’t help if the flood gates are left open!
Finally, the last couple of weeks have seen the first ground frosts of the autumn – time to dig out the windscreen scrapers – and at 7am on 14th October the thermometer dropped to 0.1C, just a hair’s breadth away from the first air frost.