Rainfall recorded on site for the Meteorological Office

2015 was a drier than usual year with 86% of the average. April was very dry as was June and most of July. The year finished up with rain on most days in November and December, but with no exceptional rainfall totals. The figures can be seen here:Click here to download this file

2014 started out with a continuation of the previous month's heavy rain, with 350 mm, almost half a year's rainfall recorded in the two month period mid December to mid February. The weather then settled down. June and July were quite dry and hot followed by a wet August, but September broke all records with virtually no rain. The figures can be seen here: Click here to download this file

2013 - An average rainfall total for the year, but very few months of the year being average for weather! The year started with a legacy from the very wet previous year, however January and February resulted in average figures. March was wet and cold. April was drier and May about average. The three summer months were hot and dry with less than half the usual rainfall, which had a big impact on crop yields. October was 50% above average and to finish December was 56% above the average for the month. The figures can be seen here: Click here to download this file

2012 - The first 3 months provided just 50% of the average rainfall. However April was very wet, resulting in an average figure for the first 4 months of the year. May was just below average followed by a record breaking June total. The second quarter overall broke all records with a rainfall total of 306 mm. July continued very wet as did August. The first part of September relented, but by the end of the month the total was above average. October was a wet, cold month with rain on most days. November continued very wet as did December.
The year will be remembered for the exceptionally dry start followed by nine months of almost continual rain resulting in a record breaking total of nearly 1 metre. The period April to December showed 910 mm which is 66% more than the average figure of 546 mm. Reading press reports, over the whole of the UK the year 2000 was wetter, but certainly not on our farm! See the figures: Click here to download this file

2011 - A generally dry year with rainfall 26% below normal. The spring was exceptionally dry and hot, followed by a damp summer and then a dry autumn. See the figures:Click here to download this file

2010 - January and February were cold with snow. March had average rainfall followed by a fairly dry April, May, June and July, making the total for the first 7 months much drier than usual. However it is worth noting that this does not compare with the extremely dry conditions of this period in 1976. August, the month for the grain harvest, was exceptionally wet, the highest August rainfall since 1992. This was followed by a fairly dry September. October was average, followed by a dry end to the year. See a table of the records: Click here to download this file

2009 started cold and dry, however by mid January we were having average rainfall. February started wet, with an average total for the month, followed by a dry March. April was mixed but drier than usual, with 77% of the average, followed by average totals for May & June. July had rain nearly every day with a total of 65% above average. August started very wet, and was generally a wet month. September was dry with little rain. October was mixed with rainfall a little below average, followed by a very wet November. December was average, making 2009 as a whole around the long term average rainfall figure. Have a look at the 2009 records: Click here to download this file

2008 was a wetter than average year, May had double the average rainfall, mostly at the end of the month which together with 50 mm falling in the start of June (a total of nearly 130 mm in 12 days) caused serious flooding. This was followed by another wet month, with the rainfall for July well over double the average. August was another disappointing month, rain on most days with little sun. September started wet, with the average for the month in the first week but the second half of the month was mainly dry.

2007 was a year of extremes: April was very hot and dry, then the summer was wet, followed by a dry autumn. Overall it was the second wettest year in the 40 years we have been recording, with the total for the year being 26.5% above the average. We had unprecedented flooding during July in the valleys around the farm. The following photographs indicate the scale of the damage.

Rainfall was well above average over England and Wales with some stations in the Worcestershire area recording over 4 times their average July rainfall. Pershore College recorded 157.4 mm and Brize Norton 127.8 mm in the 48 hour period on 19/20th. Brize Norton recording 101.0 mm of their total in just a 7 hour period and Pershore College recorded 134.8 mm of their total in a 16 hour period.