summer of 2004 was the wettest on record. The combined total rainfall
for June, July and August was 328mm.
- July produced two outstanding rainfall events. The first was from
an exceptionally intense Low, which also produced freak gales from
mid-summer. But on the night 7th-8th, 13.5mm rain fell
- In the early evening of the 22nd, a violent storm produced
appoximately 40mm out of a 24hr total of 43.4mm. Between 1825-1840 BST
some 19.1mm fell.
- A band of torrential thundery rain moved across on the 9th-10th
August. The rain began shortly after 0800 BST on the 9th, and never
really ceased until 1200 BST on the 10th. During the 'rainfall day' of
the 9th, ending 08h, a total of 98.4mm fell (the previous record was
52.7mm on 25 August 1999), and by 12h on the 10th, a total of 107.8mm
fell. Between 1850-1930 BST on the 9th, 24.7mm fell. (see graph- upper line Aug 10)
- A slow moving cold front produced a fall on 21.3mm on the 13th.
- A thunderstorm on the 23rd August produced another torrential
downpour, when 7.6mm fell between 1915-1930 BST.
- The3 30 days from 22 July-20 August peroduced a prodigious total
of 210.3mm rain