Rainfall Freshford Somerset: updated 31st December 2018 (update to include Jul 2019)
Although my measurements are not official I am closer to the location than the Met office's nearest station. Are we having more rainfall than in the past? No see: Historic Rainfall Record Nearest Station Lyneham (1971-2000). The total average rainfall varies with no trend. The stats are for a period of ten years so any trend is unreliable but is improving. The total average rainfall compared to the Lyneham average is 60.9mm Lyneham to 50.8mm Freshford. These are very similar amounts but the graph for Freshford is more striking in its variation. Both March and September tend to be drier with Freshford being slightly less dry, whilst November is wetter, a little less for 2018 .March rainfall for 2018 was actually a lot wetter than usual. Lyneham is not Freshford though and we may have a different amount of rainfall here anyway. However, we have not had more rainfall and snow than many other parts of the country.
Freshford has a mild climate. Even the high rainfall figures shown below are monthly figures whereas we hear quite frequently of that amount of rainfall falling over one day in many parts of the UK. If we did have a very heavy fall of rain together with a high tide at Avonmouth and if the ground were to be waterlogged, Freshford Mill would be again flooded and to a much higher level than in 2008. The 2008 flood was after a long period of rain, not a heavy deluge. The site has been flooded again in November 2012 see Freshford Somerset for photographs and December 2013 (no photos were taken on site owing to difficulty of access). There has been little opportunity to see the effect of the recent flood defences in place at Freshford Mill.
The chart below is updated at the end of each month.
July rain 2019 total 25mm. Average rainfall 47.2mm. Next chart update end of August 2019
0mm to date 01/08/2019. Historic average August 56.1mm Rain is measured each morning but might be added later in the day. 1mm recordings or less are often carried forward. It follows that the first day of the month loses its rainfall, if any, from midnight till when the reading is taken in the daytime as that rainfall if any, is added to the previous month's record. In practice if there is a lot of rain during the evening of the last day of the month I take a reading -but possibly not at midnight.