come again another day,
little Johnny wants to play.
So sang we as children. And, by golly, we could have sung it more times than enough during 2012 - I don't think anyone will be sorry to say good-bye to it weatherwise.
I am sure that some areas will have fared worse than we have up here in North Yorkshire - notable the South west parts of the UK-
but nevertheless we have had our fair share and our village in particular suffered greatly during the latter part of September, when five inches of rain fell incessantly in thirty-six hours. Many houses were completely flooded out and some of the families are still not back in their homes yet. This has been particularly hard for elderly folk - there are several who fit into this category.
The farmer keeps a rough check on rainfall and I thought it would be interesting to, look at it month by month. I have given the amount in inches because I am afraid I still think in inches, but we measure the rain in millimetres and I have allowed approximately 25 mm to the inch for those who wish to convert. The amounts are only approximate - as it always is with a rain gauge anyway.
February 1 inch (this is almost always the driest month up here.)
March just over half an inch - all early in the month.
no hint up to now that there was anything special to come.
April 7 inches.
May 4 inches
June 6 and a half inches.
July 4 inches
August 6 inches.
September 6 and a half inches - five of which fell in 36 hours.
October 4 inches
November 6 inches.
December 6 inches.
Total for the year 54inches.
Now our beck is almost overflowing and the fields are so wet that any small amount of rain just lies on the top in pools as the ground is saturated. This is not good for the many thousands of sheep which are out in the Dales throughout the Winter - it does make them prone to foot-rot. The owner of our over-Wintering sheep is
coming shortly to have a look at their feet and make sure they are all alright.
Many of the sheep out on the fields are pregnant with this Spring's lambs - it does begin to look as though this year there will be a lot of single lambs rather than multiple births (ewes ingest foetuses if the weather is inclement).
Well, the celebrations are over for another year and we have entered into 2013 - may it be a happy and healthy year for all my readers/blog friends.