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2 August 2012
I was rung by both our local newspaper and our regional one the other morning, both wanting to know the July rainfall total. (I’m the weather stringer for our village for both newspapers.) And as I’d just come in from studying the rain gauge I had the figures right there. This has been the wettest month since May 1989 when I started recording. Another stringer who’s been doing weather records a lot longer says that it’s the wettest July in the past 60 years – and that doesn’t surprise me either. Farside has had 260mls over July (2012) Average rainfall for a local July is around 90-120mls. Or around 160-165 on a wetter than usual July. So 260mls – or almost 10 and a half inches – for last month is startling. That’s over twice the average July and when in addition it’s been a wetter than usual last 12 months, I am just glad that being at 1400ft as we are, I don’t have to worry about the place flooding. However the sheep are starting to look waterlogged, Thunder is increasingly fed up, and even the geese have had enough. I wouldn’t mind if the rain had stopped at the end of July, but no, Wednesday night we had another 25mls (an inch) and today it’s still drizzling lightly with heavier rain forecast again tomorrow. If it doesn’t stop soon I think everything on the place, including Thunder and me, will go mouldy.
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