October is another record-breaker

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.

September summary

September began well, with a spell of dry weather and some clear blue skies – a welcome change after such a dismal summer. Indeed, by the end of the third week we might have been heading for a record low rainfall figure for the month – but the heavy and prolonged rainfall on 23/24th September put paid to that, with another 11mm falling on the 26th. By the end of the month we had recorded 69mm, a little above average but not out of the ordinary.

Despite the fine weather early in the month, the average temperature for September was about 2C below average. Although things were a little blustery after the heavy rain had passed, there was nothing exceptional to report as far as wind is concerned.