Advice: rainfall

This is our section about the local weather and water records. Rainfall records have been kept for over 20 years on Charing Hill for the Environment Agency and Tylden Reed has given us access to his data. These charts are updated quarterly.

Links to reports from the Environment Agency and a SE Water chart have also been added to the bottom of this page.

Annual Rainfall Charing

monthly Rainfall Charing

January 2015 had above average rainfall compared with many previous years and was too wet to garden much of the time. The envoirenment agency reports that the soil moisture deficit (SMD) was zero, which means that it is holding its full capacity of water. That is good news for plant growth and for starting the year at a good level.

Having regularly bemoaned the state of the aquifers in the area after the exceptionally dry 2011 and the first half of 2012 we had a really wet winter in 2013/14 and thus recorded the second highest rainfall in 2014 since Tylden began recording it in 1988. We are back in balance again.

We do not have temperature recordings but anecdotally this is our second mild winter so plants are starting to bud and bulbs emerging from hibernation and it will soo be time to finish those winter jobs of structural change in the garden and the priuning and start sowing seed for the new season.

Happy gardening in 2015!

Here are some other charts and links you may find interesting and links to pages on the Environment Agency or SE Water web sites:

Environment Agency report for Kent

SE Water groundwater chart for Charing


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