February filled dykes

Estimated totals from SYNOP observations

I started this month with an article pondering whether February 2020 would fill dykes. In the last four weeks February certainly has filled dykes to overflowing, and will long be remembered for it’s storminess and amount of rain that has fallen, especially over high ground where a lot of it fell as snow across Scotland, and of course for the resulting widespread flooding. There are still a couple of days before the end of the month, but the total of 542.4 mm from Shap in Cumbria, sandwiched as it is between the northern Pennines and the Lake district fells, is pretty astonishing.

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