Daily Rainfall for October 2008

Rhode Hill Gardens, Uplyme, Devon

Table of Rainfall for October 2008

October 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
mm 1.4 3.8 T 16.7 0.2 15.0 0.1 T 0 0 0 0 0 0.8 0.3 0

October 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Total
mm 0 T 0.5 18.3 T 0.6 6.8 0 1.5 1.9 3.7 1.7 22.6 T 0 95.9

Although over twice as much rain was recorded as last October - the driest since records began at this site in 1994 - October 2008's rainfall was only 71.3% of the average for October over that period.

Rain began falling at dusk on 29th increasing in intensity into the night and the early hours of 30th with lightning of a distant intense thunderstorm only too obvious after mid-night. It was during this period that Ottery St Mary, 13 miles to the west, experienced up to 100 mm of rain, hail and snow in two hours together with thunder and lightning which resulted in the town taking on the appearance of the arctic with the build up of ice several feet deep. Cars were washed away, roads ripped up, edge banks washed away and hundreds of sheep were drowned and washed down the river Otter.
"The Met office said that icy airflows mixing with warmer currents nearer the ground prompted the kind of intense thunder storm usually only encountered at the height of summer. "It is truly an occasion to use the word 'freak'," said forecaster Barry Grommet". Telegraph online has a video of the aftermath.

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