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  • Location: Royston, Herts 76m asl
  • Location: Royston, Herts 76m asl

    I don't wish to boast, but barring a late shower, I look set to record a day with nil, yes, I repeat, nil rainfall today.

    This made me wonder, from those of us who keep weather records, who can provide the longest run since 1 June of no rainfall?

    The problem is that there is absolute zero (which with my primitive equipment is somewhat hard to judge) and then the more usually used yardstick of less than 0.5mm being regarded as a 'dry' day ie 'near dry'.

    Looking at my records I have:

    5 'near dry' consecutive days - 25-29 June; and

    2 'absolute dry' days - 19-20 June.

    Anyone care to beat either of those? The prize is simply bragging rights for having a slightly less terrible summer than other participants!

    I'd be interested to know in what location the 'winner' will live. I would go for NW Scotland, perhaps Outer Hebrides, which is nearest to the evil Greenland/Iceland HP. However, I'm realistic enough to suspect that given that that part of the country is not heavily populated, that's only likely in the unlikely event that someone from round there sees this and posts.

    Anyone care to take part, whether you can beat me or not?

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  • Location: Ireland, probably South Tipperary
  • Weather Preferences: Cold, Snow, Windstorms and Thunderstorms
  • Location: Ireland, probably South Tipperary

    I'm on about 10 consecutive minutes... should I start checking the water levels?

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  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire
  • Weather Preferences: Winter: Cold & Snowy, Summer: Just not hot
  • Location: Cheddington, Buckinghamshire

    Managed 2 consecutive absolutely dry days. But apart from that I've had no consecutive dry days since the May hot spell. Even as a cool and wet summer lover I find that quite depressing!

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  • Location: Dorking, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Dorking, Surrey

    Had 4 consecutive bone dry days last month from Tuesday 25th June and the day before only had less than 1mm

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District 290 mts. Wind speed 340 mts
  • Weather Preferences: Rain/snow, fog, gales and cold in every season
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District 290 mts. Wind speed 340 mts

    The duration of any dry spell will also depend on whether your day runs from midnight to midnight, or from 0900 to 0900 g.m.t as under Met' Office regulations. Also, 0.2 mm is the lower limit for recording a 'rain day'.

    Based on Met' Office criteria the longest dry spell here so far this summer is 2 days, which occurred twice in June.

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  • Location: Whitkirk, Leeds 86m asl
  • Weather Preferences: Anything but mild south-westeries in winter
  • Location: Whitkirk, Leeds 86m asl

    The longest dry spell this summer here was 4 days between 17 June and 20 June.

    And, I know it isn't summer, but I had 10 consecutive dry days in May ;)

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  • Location: Chelmsford
  • Weather Preferences: Hot and dry summers with big thunderstorms.
  • Location: Chelmsford

    We had a half decent period with no rain between 25-28th June.

    Temps were decent too,

    25/6 21.0

    26/6 24.5

    27/6 24.7

    28/6 28.6

    29/6 22.7

    30/6 22.0

    In fact looking at my records the last day that didn't hit 20c was 22/6. Not too bad.

    I'm Chelmsford Essex

    We also had a 12 day dry period in May, we normally have 20 days a month dry so it's been wet, 2010 July had just 3 days with precipitation.

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Only two days without any recordable rain in June.

    11 days without any recordable rain in May though.

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    Anyone care to take part, whether you can beat me or not?

    What's the prize???? unsure.png

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    10-12th inclusive of June here although it did rain in the 09-09 period, like around 0500BST on the13th

    In May no rain from 20-29th inclusive

    April I managed 2 lots of 2

    March=8-16th and 19-31

    so plenty of dry days this year in spite of the rainfall being above average so far

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  • Location: Royston, Herts 76m asl
  • Location: Royston, Herts 76m asl

    What's the prize???? unsure.png

    As I said, just bragging rights.......my summer's not quite as miserable as yours!

    I think that we just have to run with how the individual records it, as if you're consistent it's fair enough.

    May answer's don't count (due to a. it not being meterological summer and b. there was a long dry spell).

    So we have locations in Essex, Surrey (near where I used to live, actually) and South Yorks beating me for the bone dry record, but I don't think anyone's challenged my 5-day 'near dry' record.

    Any offers?

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    As I said, just bragging rights.......my summer's not quite as miserable as yours!

    I think that we just have to run with how the individual records it, as if you're consistent it's fair enough.

    May answer's don't count (due to a. it not being meterological summer and b. there was a long dry spell).

    So we have locations in Essex, Surrey (near where I used to live, actually) and South Yorks beating me for the bone dry record, but I don't think anyone's challenged my 5-day 'near dry' record.

    Any offers?

    It does of course depend on exactly what 'near dry' means?

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  • Location: ILCHESTER
  • Location: ILCHESTER

    Damn - I only saw the first 4 words of this on the front page and thought agh this is perfect for me... then I read the last 3 when I opened the thread and....rofl.gif

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  • Location: Royston, Herts 76m asl
  • Location: Royston, Herts 76m asl

    It does of course depend on exactly what 'near dry' means?

    Well, I suggested in my opening post <0.5mm. I believe (but you will know better than me John) that because of the difficulty in measuring extremely small amounts of rain, METO take a very low figure such as 0.5mm and say that anything below that is a 'dry' day.

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  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)
  • Location: Llanwnnen, Lampeter, Ceredigion, 126m asl (exotic holidays in Rugby/ Coventry)

    The duration of any dry spell will also depend on whether your day runs from midnight to midnight, or from 0900 to 0900 g.m.t as under Met' Office regulations. Also, 0.2 mm is the lower limit for recording a 'rain day'.

    Based on Met' Office criteria the longest dry spell here so far this summer is 2 days, which occurred twice in June.

    Same here, 2 days of trace rain on the 18th and 19th June. Currently in a relatively dry spell, with just 2.3mm in 3 days. Also had another moslty dry interlude from June 24th to 27th (4 days) with a total of just 1.7mm.

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  • Location: Dorking, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Dorking, Surrey

    surely near dry doesn't count, it's either been dry or not blum.gif

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

    0.2mm is the lowest one can record, a trace is the next lowest, I'm sure TM will give us the exact rule as it is now. I have forgotten!

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  • Location: Dorking, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Dorking, Surrey

    so weather boy's 5 near dry days don't count then, making me the gold medalist lol

    Actually Heathrow Airport had 5 dry days that same week, so i've been beaten by someone's luggage at Terminal 5

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    My longest period in the June-July period so far is 5 days from June 25th-29th when 2 of those days had 1mm thanks to short sharp showers.

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  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Location: Aberdeen

    No more than 2 consecutive dry days here this "summer"sleep.png

    1st & 2nd June, 10th & 11th June and 5th & 6th July.

    Managed 12 days in May (19th - 30th) and would have had 21 in March (10th-30th) had it not been for an annoying fall of 0.6mm on the 19th.

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  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl
  • Weather Preferences: obviously snow!
  • Location: Wildwood, Stafford 104m asl

    probably 2-3 days normally tues to thurs, dry spells seem to end on fridays, with friday 20th looking wet

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  • Location: Fort William
  • Location: Fort William

    I live in Fort William and i had no recordable rainfall until the 10 th of June. May was also very dry. See my recent post in the regional thread for more on our dry spell.

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)

    Been over 14 days since it last rained another 7 days of dry sunny whether is a given if i can dodge any rogue storms.

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  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria

    I don't wish to boast, but barring a late shower, I look set to record a day with nil, yes, I repeat, nil rainfall today.

    This made me wonder, from those of us who keep weather records, who can provide the longest run since 1 June of no rainfall?

    The problem is that there is absolute zero (which with my primitive equipment is somewhat hard to judge) and then the more usually used yardstick of less than 0.5mm being regarded as a 'dry' day ie 'near dry'.

    Looking at my records I have:

    5 'near dry' consecutive days - 25-29 June; and

    2 'absolute dry' days - 19-20 June.

    Anyone care to beat either of those? The prize is simply bragging rights for having a slightly less terrible summer than other participants!

    I'd be interested to know in what location the 'winner' will live. I would go for NW Scotland, perhaps Outer Hebrides, which is nearest to the evil Greenland/Iceland HP. However, I'm realistic enough to suspect that given that that part of the country is not heavily populated, that's only likely in the unlikely event that someone from round there sees this and posts.

    Anyone care to take part, whether you can beat me or not?

    i was just thinking the same - i don't think we have had more than 5 or 6 dry days since the start of June.

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  • Location: Dorking, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Dorking, Surrey

    My longest period in the June-July period so far is 5 days from June 25th-29th when 2 of those days had 1mm thanks to short sharp showers.

    So the showers didn't contain rain then....rofl.gif

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