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Southern Scotland Heads Towards Wettest Year


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  • Location: South Lanarkshire Glasgow. Lat : 55.8N Lon : 4.1W ASL : 71m
  • Location: South Lanarkshire Glasgow. Lat : 55.8N Lon : 4.1W ASL : 71m

    Heavy rainfall in southern Scotland has put the area on course for its wettest year since records began.

    The Met Office observatory at Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway has seen 380mm (about 15in) of rain in the month of November alone.

    Figures for the year so far already make it the fifth wettest on record.

    Average December rainfall would almost certainly take this year past the previous highest levels which were recorded in 1928.

    The south west Scotland observatory has already seen a number of rainfall records broken.

    Earlier this year it had the wettest August since records began.

    By 0900 GMT on Tuesday the area had seen 380mm (14.96in) of rain.

    Total rainfall

    That easily surpassed the previous record for the month which stood at 297mm (11.69in) in 1938.

    This November has already been the third wettest month since records began with only January 1928 and February 1997 having seen more rain.

    It meant that by Tuesday morning the total annual rainfall for 2009 stood at 2,024mm (79.68in).

    A little more rainfall in November, combined with an average December, would take the total past the 2,223mm (87.52in) set more than 80 years ago.


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