Nature Notes December 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 131.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 27.5 millimetres (20th Dec). There were 15 days when cloud-cover was 100% for at least part of the day, and 23 days when we recorded measurable rainfall. All ponds were completely full and overflowing on December 20th, and there were puddles everywhere. Total annual rainfall was 859 millimetres, 429.5 of which fell in the last 3 months.

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Nature Notes November 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 163.5 millimetres.  Maximum daily rainfall: 23 millimetres (27th). This extraordinary rainfall has brought the lake up to overflow levels and nearly filled the woodland ponds. There were 16 days with 100% cloud-cover for at least part of the day, and 24 days when we recorded measurable rain. Maximum temperature on the warmest day was 15°C on the 1st. Maximum temperature on the coldest day was 5°C on the 14th. There were 13 days when the maximum fell below 10°C.

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Nature Notes October 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 134.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall:  16 millimetres (18th and 19th). This high rainfall total went some way towards restoring water-levels in the lake, but had little effect on pond levels. There were 16 days when cloud-cover was 100% during the day. Maximum temperature was 17°C on October 1st, but only 10°C on the 31st, and on the 18th, 19th, and from the 22nd to 26th winds were strong enough to bring down many small woodland trees – especially those suffering grey squirrel damage to their bark.

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Nature Notes September 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 52.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 12.5 millimetres (29th September). The first three weeks of the month were very dry, but 48 millimetres fell between the 23rd and 30th and there were 13 days with 100% cloud-cover for at least part of the day. Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 26°C on September 14th and 15th, while on the coldest days it was 16°C on the 9th, 29th and 30th. Winds between the 23rd and 29th were fresh-to-strong – bringing down green leaves, twigs and branches.

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Nature Notes August 2019

Total monthly rainfall: 44.5 millimetres. Maximum daily rainfall: 10.5 millimetres (9th August). There were 14 days with measurable rainfall, and only 6 days with 100% cloud-cover for at least part of the day. Maximum temperature on the warmest days was 31°C on August 25th, 26th, and 27th. On the coldest days it was 17°C on the 10th and 14th of August. Temperatures were below 20°C between the 10th and 20th, except on the 17th and 18th, when the temperature reached 20 degrees. This gave an autumnal edge to the month, accentuated by the strong winds on the 10th. We calculate these to be force 6, gusting force 8, and resulted in bringing down a large goat willow by the lake, and a wild hop and trellis by the front corner of the house – together with many leaves and small branches in the wood.

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