Yesterday’s “steady rain”

Radar radar estimates of rainfall accumulation (18 June 2020)
Radar radar estimates of rainfall accumulation

Thursday was easily the wettest day of the last week of thundery weather across IONA, and as far as I can see none of the rain that fell across the southwest was the result of thunderstorms. Rainfall might have fallen more heavily over a short period of time in thunderstorms earlier in the week, but not over such a large area as it did yesterday, with large areas with accumulations of 40 to 60 mm totals across Devon, Dorset, Somerset and South Wales. In fact there are deep purple pixels over Dorset which have nothing to do with the heavy metal group but totals well over 60 mm. The estimates look quite realistic when compared to the actual gauge totals. I should imagine that there are a lot of flat and soggy crops in the fields of the southwest this morning, but hopefully after such a dry spell the ground will probably absorb it and the crops will bounce back.

06-06 SYNOP rainfall totals
06-06 SYNOP rainfall totals

The title is in tribute to the inane comment of “steady rain” on the Met Office Twitter feed about yesterdays rain.

Courtesy of Twitter & UKMO

And for their information, yesterday Scotland did get “some sunshine” with the Highlands seeing well over 12 hours. Who writes this stuff?

Daily sunshine 18 June 2020
Daily sunshine 18 June 2020
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