2012: a wet year or not??

First of all may I wish everyone a Happy and successful 2013. I have just enjoyed a nice break although I was glad to get back to work and away from the DIY! The weather over the last two weeks has been great (apologies to all skiers), especially the last week when it has been mild and dry almost every day. The weather in 2012 received a lot of coverage in the news over the last week and apparently it has been one of the wettest years on record in the UK. The Spey Fishery Board operate a rain gauge at the office, monitored by Sally amongst her many and varied duties. The results for 2012 show that the total rainfall for 2012 was actually below average for the last 9 years according to our data.  A total of 899mm rainfall was recorded in 2012 compared with the mean of 963mm.

Spey annual rainfall

The monthly mean rainfall figures show that spring is traditionally the driest time of the year although this year was exceptional with only 3.6mm of rain recorded in March, the driest month over the last nine years by a big margin. Surprisingly June has been the wettest month on average although very high rainfall was recorded in two years, 2004 and 2006 (when 347.6mm fell); these two years have a big impact on the average. August is traditionally the month for big spates in the Highlands and it has been the second wettest month on average.

Spey mean monhtly rainfall 2004 to 2012

Spey mean monthly rainfall 2004 to 2012

So it would appears from our records that it wasn’t particularly wet on Speyside in 2012, although there were very few dry days in late summer. Who knows what 2013 will bring?




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