Jan 4 2013 by Perthshire Advertiser, Perthshire Advertiser
With national rainfall totals being totted up for 2012 - the second wettest year on record for the UK - The PA’s unfailing, all-weather guru has revealed his readings for December.
Daily readings taken by Norman Pedgrift at his Strathearn weather station showed the temperature over December was 3.3C , exactly average for the month.
“The first two weeks were distinctly cold with the daytime temperature averaging 0.7C. The rest of the month was very wet and mild,” explained Mr Pedgrift yesterday.
Residents of Comrie would certainly agree with that summing up. The flooding in November affected the Perthshire town particularly badly and December’s rain just added to Big County flooding woes.
Norman told The PA: “December was a very wet month, although not the wettest I have on record. This past month we got 143mm of rain compared to the average of 77mm, so roughly double what we should expect.
“1999, 1986 and 1978 all had a bit more rain in December, but this year with the particularly wet spell between December 20 and 22, it was the fourth highest December rainfall.
“In that two-day sustained downpour we got 75mm in Strathearn, while other areas got considerably more.”