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Wettest July On Record...july 1828


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July 1828 is the wettest July on record for England and Wales with a whopping 182.6mm

In London, 156.2mm was recorded for that month.

Some reports on this washout of a month.

Taunton Courier: "On Tuesday afternoon, the 8th instant, about 4 o'clock, a storm of wind, rain and hail accompanied with thunder and lightning, broke over the town and neighbourhood of taunton, with a degree of violence never before remembered by the olest inhabitant. The thunder, in heavy peals, was heard simultaneously front the east and west and the wind at one period of the storm, blew a perfect hurricane. The hailstones were uncommon thickness and in their descent destroyed much glass in windows of private dwellings."

West Briton: "The almost constant rain which has been experienced in Penzance and its neighbourhood has been very detrimental to the hay festival." 15th July

Malton 17th July: "Every hour brings fresh accounts of the extensive losses sustained by the occupiers of land bordering the Rye and Derwent. Hay has been floating in swarth and in cock of all sizes. Such a weight of rain and such a flood were never known at this season of the year."

Tyne Mercury, 17th July: "On Sunday morning last, Sunderland was visited by a thunderstorm. The lightning most vivid, the peals of thunder were tremendous and the rain fell in torrents. The Wear was also much swollen, great quantites of hay came down the river."

Doncaster July 19th: "A great portion of the county through which the Derwent runs, as well as other rivers which empty themselves in the Humber, has been overflowed to a very considerable depth."

Manchester Mercury, 20th July: "Scarcely a day has passed in which we have not been visited by heavy falls of rain, accompanied in some instnces by thunder and lightning."

Newark 21st July: "All the country from this place, situated on the banks of the Trent, down to the Humber, has been completely overflown and has borne the appearance of one expansive sea."

Bedford, 22nd July: "The Ouse has overflowed its bank in every direction and for miles nothing to be seen but a weary waste of waters, with islands of hay or haycocks"

Hull Advetiser: "From all parts of the country accounts pour in of the disastrous effects produced by late uncommonly heavy rains. From Ganstead and Witherwick, in Holderness, to beyond Driffield, a distance from 25 to 30 miles, the Country presents an almost unbroken sheet of water. The quantity of hay, corn and potatoes destroyed and likely to be so is beyond all calculation; thousands of acres of the latter are literally rotting in the ground. "

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