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22-03-2020, 17:41   #1
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Rainfall/Drought Watch 2020

A thread to discuss the rainfall patterns of the current year. This chart below shows the mean rainfall trend (expressed as the 28 day running percentage total) for Ireland (Rep) since the start of 2018:



As can been seen, and has been observed by many on this forum, dry spells (really anything below 75% of normal) have been increasingly short supply since late July last year right up to the present, with anomaly values up to 275% during late February/early March this year. Thankfully, the trend, as can be seen in the chart above, is now trending downwards and hopefully this will continue over the next few weeks. A long dry spell (as much as I hate them myself) is what is needed over Ireland right now to help dry out the land a bit and to add a bit of cheer to these bizarre times.

Data used is from Met Eireann.
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24-03-2020, 15:56   #2
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Looks like most of the country is heading for a two week dry period minimum.
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Looks like most of the country is heading for a two week dry period minimum.
Long, long, long overdue. Feels like we've really been made to pay for daring to have a nice summer in 2018.

At the moment the only thing of interest weather-wise for most of us is that its dry enough for a walk in the evening so a prolonged dry spell would do wonders
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Looks like most of the country is heading for a two week dry period minimum.
THE DROUGHT IS COMING
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THE DROUGHT IS COMING
Could do with a shower to keep the dust down!!!
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Could do with a shower to keep the dust down!!!
The land is parched
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If Casement comes in with a 0.0mm daily reading for today, then it will be the 13th consecutive totally dry day there. However, some trace amounts were recorded there today though so it remains to be seen if these have amounted to anything.

Either way, looks like the weather is set to gradually break down again from Thursday onwards with occasional spells of rain or showers over the weekend and into next week. Pity really, place is just beginning to show signs of drying out here in the west. Really could do with another week or two of dry, breezy weather to set things back to normal again.
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31-03-2020, 06:37   #8
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How are the Shannon flood areas doing now? Are they still under water?
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I'd say most are, I went past a standard field in East Waterford the other day that was still part submerged, so flood plains will still be sodden till June regardless.
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Both Casement and D.A. had absolute droughts from 18 March to 1 April, bang on 15 days. This spell was broken today though with some afternoon light rain.

Unsure on other stations.
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Some light rain tonight in North Kerry. Been dry the last 2 weeks
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06-04-2020, 13:33   #12
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MÉ did a post on the absolute drought and dry spell. 4 synoptic stations (including the 3 Dublin stations) had absolute drought conditions and 11 synoptic stations had a dry spell.

https://www.met.ie/climatological-dr...ry-spells-2020
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