The Weather in Barton during 2004 - A Wetter Year


Some 713.25mm (c. 28 ins) of rain fell on Barton during the year 2004, this was 174mm (c. 7 ins) more than the total rainfall in 2003. It should be noted that the average annual rainfall in Barton in the 10 yeasr since 1995 has been 629mm, so 2004 proved to be wetter than the avarage year. Once again we saw over 100mm of rain in a month - unfortunately in 2004 it was the month of August and as many people will know it rather spoiled the summer holiday. Even stranger was the fact that the 115mm of rain in August 2004 followed the 6.75mm of rain in August 2003 - such are the cagaries of the English climate! Few would expect the driest month of the year to be December but this was in fact the case in 2004. It rained on 176 days in 2004 so there was about 50% chance of rain on any one day - the figure for 2003 was 128 days or 35% chance of rain. The driest spell during the year was in the 17 day period between 28 November and 15 December when no rain fell. The most rain recorded in one day was the 27mm which fell on 20 October.

Monthly Rainfall Totals (in mm)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2004 83.25 38.25 29.5 79.5 30 76 85.5 115.25 34.5 107 31.25 21
2003 78 23 18 39 48 91 48 6 36 40 55 51

The effect of theis wet 2004has been clearly seen at Barton Beck. After long periods in 2003, during which the artesian springs were dry, 2004 saw long periods during which the springs were very active. This flow was clearly visible in Beck's outlet drain and at the outlet in the drain at the Butts Road/Pasture Road corner.

The highest recorded temperature in 2004 was 27C on 10 and 15 June and the lowest minus 3C on 27 and 28 January and 25 February.

Recent Annual Rainfalls (in mm)

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
491 532 542 588 649 788 681 844 539 735

Above information kindly supplied by Geoff Bryant and Maureen Welch

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