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58 Hours And 30 Minutes Of Continuous Rain: Mid June 1903 Washout

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

Mid June 1903 was exceptionally wet in the south of UK with the Camden Square station in London recording 6.43 inches of rain in the period from the 9th to the 19th of June 1903

From 1pm on the 13th to 11.30pm on the 15th, rain fell continuously for 58 hours and 30 minutes giving a total of 3.44 inches for that period.


Over 1 inch of rainfall fell on the 13th, 14th and 15th. The maximum temperature on the 19th was just 10.4C

Rainfall totals for June 1903

Carshalton Sewage Works: 8.91 inches

Brimstone Park: 8.1 inches

Hayes: 7.39 inches

Broxbourne: 6.84 inches

It wasn't wet everywhere

Markree Observatory: 0.7 inches

Dunderave, Bushmills: 0.72 inches

Creggan Reservoir: 0.87 inches

Horncastle: 0.88 inches

Lincoln: 0.91 inches

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire

Wow! Brazell (London) had rainfall at 7.21 ins for the month, or 419% of average, with the 13th as the wettest day, 1.51ins of rainfall. Perhaps surprisingly, Brazell had the number of dry days for the month at '20', so the rainfall was clearly confined within 1/3 of the month, leaving the remaining 2/3 dry.  

My closest experience was the Spring Bank Holiday 1984 when it didn't seem to stop raining in Kent from Saturday morning until Tuesday morning. '1903' was being quoted at the time, but I think it stopped raining for a short while in 1984 and total rainfall was nowhere near 1903. A miserable Bank Holiday experience nevertheless and not helped by the clear blue skies and sunshine further north in England.

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