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04-09-2018, 14:31   #841
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The levels of water in the roundwood reservoirs are generally 3 or 4 months behind the weather. Winter 2017 was very dry and we didnt get enough rain to replenish the reservoirs so they stayed low. It took until Jan 2018 for the levels to be back up to full. I expect the water levels to not drop low until August.
Very good call... levels currently very low. (If you click into the photos of the tweet below, you can see the difference from July to now)

https://twitter.com/IrelandSkycam/st...67396412719104
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05-09-2018, 08:46   #842
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The very low quantity of rainfall since the end of the drought is very noticeable.

The lawn in my front garden and my back garden remains rock hard. Usually during April to September I have to cut both lawns every 2 weeks.
By this time of the year, I would have mowed both lawns about 16 times.

This year I have moved both lawns 4 times since April 2018, due to the lack of grass growth which I put down to, in part, the huge decrease in rainfall amounts
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05-09-2018, 15:09   #843
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My grass has been growing like mad since the drought ended.
But we have had a decent amount of rain here in Athenry compared to the south and east.
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05-09-2018, 17:47   #844
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we've cut the grass once in Cork city since the drought 'ended'. The grass is green and its been drizzling but there isn't a need to cut it. Makes it cut two times in total this summer/autumn
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06-09-2018, 08:57   #845
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Very good call... levels currently very low. (If you click into the photos of the tweet below, you can see the difference from July to now)

https://twitter.com/IrelandSkycam/st...67396412719104
What I found really interesting is if you click onto the irelandSkycam web site the photos from January 2017 are very similar water levels to now
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Wow, only 1 station essentially at-average. I'd love to see another column with driest summers on record - was Cork the only record breaker?
Sorry this is taking a long time to answer MJohnston (I'm also working on the replies to other statistical questions that have been asked on here during or after Storm Ali). According to Met Éireann's PDF, Cork Airport was indeed the only record breaker for the #1 spot at least. 2018 fell at least in the top 5 driest at several stations. Mullingar is one example (just abouts beating 1983). Monthly records for Mullingar go back to 1950.



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01-10-2018, 00:40   #847
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Still suffering the after affects of the drought that was prevalent over the summer. Made 75 bales in a particular field in the first cut in June. Just did the second cut a month late and only made 39 bales of silage. In a good year I would get about 60 bales in late August and I would have in calf heifers in the field by now. In another field I got a good crop of silage in early June. It got grazed in late July in the height of grass shortages. It is still not fit to cut yet for silage yet. What will happen do this field will depend on the performance of the rest of the farm. Grass growth is highly variable from time to time and from the field to field. Generally growth has been fairly good in the last week. If growth keeps up for the next few weeks it would be quite likely the field would be cut. If not it would be grazed then and would be a help in delaying the start of winter foddering which is a scarce resource this year.
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Got out and about on the motorcycle today and was shocked to see how many small streams are still bone dry.
A lot of famers and wildlife going to suffer if we end up with a dryer and colder than average winter
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Of no great concern really, but of statistical interest, we currently are running at a rainfall deficit (nationally speaking) once again with the current rainfall percentage of normal over the last 28 days coming in at just 67%, which is the lowest value, relative to average, since the 28 day period up to July 29th, and in terms of actual totals, since the 4 week period up to August 14th.

Below is a chart showing the running 28 day % values since the start of the year. Ever since the summer drought ended, rainfall totals have generally wavered very close to average, but the current trend is downwards once again. And with high pressure once again setting up shop close to Ireland for the coming week, this is a trend that is likey to continue, at least in the short to medium term.






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I was wondering what the situation in the East is as it rains way less this year than previous years. How long before they run into water shortage problems though its promised showery next weekend....hardly a deluge.
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I was wondering what the situation in the East is as it rains way less this year than previous years. How long before they run into water shortage problems though its promised showery next weekend....hardly a deluge.

Totals and percentages for some east and midland stations over the last 4 week period (Met Éireann)


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I was just updating the contest after three weeks of October, and so far the amount has averaged 74% of normal around the country, the first and third weeks were both quite dry, and the second week was relatively wet.

It would not surprise me if things turn around at some point in the next 2-4 months and we see a month with much above normal rainfall. The most likely month for that, or period, would be mid-November to mid-December. If it does turn quite cold after that, it's hard to get to even half normal precipitation in any colder month as there's a combination of dry weather and snow which has to be reduced by a factor of about ten to get liquid equivalent. So even a heavy snow pack that lasts several weeks may not represent more than half normal precipitation for that time period.

Even a normal amount of rainfall in November is going to seem like a lot after so many dry months, as an average November can produce over 100 mm of rain in some parts.
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It's now late october and every night our water is still being turned off from after 8pm to around 6:30am. 
The pressure doesn't fully restore until about 7am. I'm lucky we have 2 showers in the house, because the electric shower doesn't work with the low water pressure, so I have to use the other one which takes water from the immersion. 
I'd be screwed in the morning otherwise. I wonder how many other families in my area aren't able to wash themselves before work because of it. 
I wonder at what stage the nearby reservoirs will return to normal levels or if this drought will continue well up to december, we haven't gotten much rain at all even in the last month. 
Scary to think what might happen if we don't get some, and this could happen next year too.
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Large forest fire on Mt. Leinster yesterday. At first I thought it was low cloud and then noticed it was huge plumes of smoke from the fire on the East face.
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It's now late october and every night our water is still being turned off from after 8pm to around 6:30am. 
The pressure doesn't fully restore until about 7am. I'm lucky we have 2 showers in the house, because the electric shower doesn't work with the low water pressure, so I have to use the other one which takes water from the immersion. 
I'd be screwed in the morning otherwise. I wonder how many other families in my area aren't able to wash themselves before work because of it. 
I wonder at what stage the nearby reservoirs will return to normal levels or if this drought will continue well up to december, we haven't gotten much rain at all even in the last month. 
Scary to think what might happen if we don't get some, and this could happen next year too.
It would appear that since the end of the hot/heatwave we had during the summer, the rainfall deficit issue - at governmental/local authority levels - has become less of a priority.

The rainfall deficit that was there during the hot period remains because rainfall amounts since the end of the heatwave remain below replenishment thresholds.

The state authorities should be trying to encourage water harvesting, due to the continuing rainfall deficits, in my opinion
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