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08-05-2020, 18:37   #46
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what are reservoir levels like? I assume consumption of water is down?
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08-05-2020, 21:49   #47
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Haven't got any stats locally but Finner, my nearest station, has only 26.6mm since March 18th

Doesn't look like much more than the odd shower or drizzle for the foreseeable either and models have been consistently overplaying what ends up falling
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I've had 2mm in North Kerry this, month.
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10-05-2020, 15:08   #49
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Met Eireann rainfall maps for the last 7 days.

Total 7 day rainfall:


Expressed as percentage for the period:


As is the recent trend, the south of the country is wetter than the north, while the east remains driest of all.

Outlook for the coming working week is for more generally dry weather. A few showers here and there cannot be ruled out at times, especially for the northern third of the country, but they are unlikely be of much intrinsic value to growers and gardeners. EPS forecast totals for the next 5 days:



A chance maybe of something more substantial towards or over next weekend maybe as high pressure declines a little, but if the longer term forecasts are to be believed, then then we could be looking at a continuation of these drier than normal conditions for the 2 weeks at least. Longer term forecast rainfall anomaly up to May 25th for example.



Best eyed with much sceptism at this stage however.
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Had 20 mm yesterday in an hour.
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11-05-2020, 10:17   #51
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Yellow grass getting more widespread now. Especially when cut.

Noticed that when walking over the yellow grass while social distancing from people it seemed to retain the heat from Saturday. Maybe that's why it was 13c yesterday and not 7 or 8c like they predicted.

Frost last night has killed more grass too.
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Had 20 mm yesterday in an hour.
Shows the nature of random showers. None of the daily reporting Met Eireann stations (25 in total) picked up on them, except for the odd 0.2mm here and there.

Met reports from the 9th, the day those showers broke out:

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Yeah I recorded 15 mm in the space of 25 minutes in one of those showers
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12-05-2020, 11:37   #54
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what are reservoir levels like? I assume consumption of water is down?
The MD of Irish Water was on Pat Kenny NT saying domestic consumption was up and IW plant is maxed. Reservoirs were ok, although not ideal for the time of year..

Texters were saying many folks washing cars, roofs and driveways with power-hoses.

MD was worried (re greater Dublin area) as business will soon need loads more water to flush out systems and tanks and clean for resumption of work over next period.
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Irish Water spoke locally of Drought conditions in North Sligo and next 2 weeks look mainly dry too with maybe 10mm of rain
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Shows the nature of random showers. None of the daily reporting Met Eireann stations (25 in total) picked up on them, except for the odd 0.2mm here and there.

Met reports from the 9th, the day those showers broke out:

Whats interesting is they friends the far side of the mountain saw the storm and didn't get any of it.
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Growth becoming very restricted on mowed lawns here now. Dont cut your grass if you like growth. Long grass appears to be holding more moisture and greenness.

My 10mm prediction for next 2 weeks here that started a day or two ago has yielded 0.5mm so far. Whoopee do. Could 1976 style Summer be in sight?

Cue floods.
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Models firming up on the chance of some rain now over the weekend, with the N.W generally seeing the greater totals. Running 24hr totals for between now and Monday morning:



Nothing really substantial however, but might just be enough to dampen the ground at little in the most arid regions.
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Growth becoming very restricted on mowed lawns here now. Dont cut your grass if you like growth. Long grass appears to be holding more moisture and greenness.

My 10mm prediction for next 2 weeks here that started a day or two ago has yielded 0.5mm so far. Whoopee do. Could 1976 style Summer be in sight?

Cue floods.
Grass roots are related to the plant above ground, so 8f you have a foot of grass you'll have a deep and large root ball, if you cut it back to an inch approx, 90% of the root will die back.
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Models firming up on the chance of some rain now over the weekend, with the N.W generally seeing the greater totals. Running 24hr totals for between now and Monday morning:



Nothing really substantial however, but might just be enough to dampen the ground at little in the most arid regions.
Nothing in those charts showing any sort of relief for parched ground though, only Connemara and Donegal even reaching 10mm.
I've noticed - after we got our measly 1.5mm from the edge of one of those thunderstorms last Saturday - how the ground dried ridiculously fast.
I'm taking puddles on concrete to completely dry ground in minutes. Never seen anything like it in this country. The east wind and low humidity seems to be pretty entrenched now.
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