Recent heavy rain over north-west Britain

20 November 2009

The last few days has seen heavy rain affecting parts of north-west Britain. This was caused by an Atlantic weather front becoming almost stationary across Northern Ireland, Cumbria and south-west Scotland.

In Cumbria, there has been 372.4 mm of rain at Seathwaite and 361.4 mm of rain at Honister between 0800 on Wednesday 18 November and 0400 on Friday 20 November.

Provisionally, the 24-hour total at Seathwaite (ending 0045 on Friday 20 November) of 314.4 mm is a UK record for a single location in any given 24-hour period. Records going back to 1914.

Analysis chart valid 0600 UTC Thursday 19 November 2009

Analysis chart valid 0600 UTC Thursday 19 November 2009Englarge

Hourly rainfall images 2000 Wednesday 18 to 0600 Friday 20 November 2009

Hourly rainfall images 2000 Wednesday 18 to 0600 Friday 20 November

November rainfall totals in millimetres
  17–18 November
(08–08 UTC)
18–19 November
(08–08 UTC)
19–20 November
(08–08 UTC)
3 day total 1–20 November November average
(1971–2000)
Cumbria
Shap 55.4 mm 50.2 mm 91.2 mm 196.8 mm 444.2 mm 196 mm
St Bees Head 23.4 mm 13.6 mm 40.6 mm 77.6 mm 140.8 mm 100 mm
Keswick 41.8 mm 39.4 mm 107.8 mm 189.0 mm 375.0 mm 182 mm
Warcop 28.6 mm 13.4 mm 20.8 mm 62.8 mm 163.4 mm 101 mm
Walney Island 17.6 mm 8.0 mm 47.6 mm 73.2 mm 169.4 mm 106 mm
Carlisle 19.6 mm 7.8 mm 14.4 mm 41.8 mm 137.0 mm 77 mm
Dumfries and Galloway
Eskdalemuir 17.4 mm 34.4 mm 89.8 mm 141.6 mm 298.6 mm 168 mm
Dundrennan 16.4 mm 14.8 mm 21.8 mm 53.0 mm 192.2 mm 109 mm
Prestwick 10.2 mm 14.6 mm 23.2 mm 48.0 mm 129.6 mm 100 mm
Drumalbin 6.4 mm 17.6 mm 23.8 mm 47.8 mm 143.6 mm 91 mm
West Freugh 9.2 mm 6.4 mm 7.2 mm 22.8 mm 128.8 mm 118 mm

We are forecasting further rain and strong winds on Saturday — this rainfall could slow up recovery on the river network in Cumbria and south-west Scotland but should not exacerbate the overall situation in Cumbria and the borders of Scotland.

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