Going through some stats, which I haven't updated in a good while, I was surprised to see how 'dry' this January has been so far across the country and proves that personal perception may not fall in line with the stats all of the time. As this January did not seem particularly dry to me, whereas December, which was statistically wet, did not seem to be all that so.
But, given that the odd rainfall patterns of last year seem to be continuing into this new year, I thought it might be useful to have a dedicated thread to exclusively monitor rainfall and drought patterns that may occur throughout the year, which continues on from the now irrelevant 'Summer Rainfall/Drought Watch' thread opened up last year.
To start it off, here is a graph showing the 28 day running rainfall pattern (expressed as percentages from the 1981-2010 average) for the last 12 months:
Very much swings and roundabouts since early Summer last year, yet overall, this winter so far, despite the unusually dry January, is running close to average regarding totals, due to the very wet December.
Will these wild swings in rainfall patterns continue throughout the coming year, or will they just fall back again within the usual standard deviations as we grow just that bit little older and just a little bit more portly as 2019 wears on?
We shall see...
All data in this post C/O Met Eireann.