Saturday 5th April 2014
March Rainfall Update
The rainfall figures for 2014 have now been updated to include the rainfall data for March.
After a very wet January and February, March has been pleasantly warm and dry. Consequently rainfall for the month has been below average by approximately half an inch. Despite that, we are still running a healthy surplus of around 4.5 inches for the year to date.
Monday 31st December 2012
The spreadsheet used to the record the rainfall data has been modified in order to remove some annoying little visual bugs in the rainfall charts and to improve its overall performance when recalculating.
The spreadsheet has been developed using, and is primarily intended for use with, the LibreOffice personal productivity suite.
Thursday 30th June 2005
Printing Rainfall Charts
The rainfall charts can be printed directly from this site using your web browser's printing facilities. However the quality of the printout is likely to be poor due to the low resolution of the chart images.
Therefore it is recommended that the Adobe PDF versions of the rainfall charts are downloaded and printed from within a suitable PDF viewer (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar). Click on the "PDF" link located to the right of the required chart's entry in the side bar menu. This will download and open the PDF version of the chart into your system's default PDF viewer. The chart can then be printed in the usual manner.
Thursday 30th June 2005
Some Background And A Little History
I started gathering rainfall statistics (at my Dad's suggestion I seem to recall) back in 1984. I've now being doing it for a good 30 years (becoming a bit of a rainfall "anorak" in the process) and have no immediate plans to stop.
The rainfall is recorded on a weekly basis. Depending on how a month falls within the calendar year, the rainfall measurements for the first and last weeks of that month may cover a period that is slightly shorter/longer than the nominal seven day measurement period. The weekly measurements are combined to come up with monthly and yearly rainfall figures. This site contains rainfall charts showing the monthly and yearly rainfall figures. The weekly measurements are available by downloading the spreadsheet containing the source rainfall data.
During the period from 1984 to 2002 (inclusive) the rainfall was measured at Lodge Farm, Turvey, MK43 8AD. Since 2003 the rainfall has been measured at Church's Cottage, Turvey, MK43 8AD. The two locations are only a mile or so apart (as the crow flies), therefore comparisions of the measurements recorded at the two locations should be valid.
The rainfall measurements are currently made manually. I have been toying with buying a small weather station to automate the process, but I haven't decided yet whether to take the plunge or not.