Record Rainfall In The Lake District In 1897 And 1898
By Paul Homewood
I have already looked at the exceptional Lake District flooding of 1898, but a year earlier there had been an arguably even bigger storm.
The following is an excerpt from the Symons British Rainfall publication for 1897:
Claims that last weekend’s rainfall in the Lakes was a 1 in 200 year event have been widely bandied around. This is clearly nonsensical, when the records tell us that similar storms hit the same area in 1897 and then again in 1898.
The 1897 Symons publication goes on to describe some of the problems faced by observers in those days, when the weather was exceptionally wet:
Finally, they give this summary of the Nov 12 storm:
Again, we find similarities with Storm Desmond, which hit the Lakes hardest.
Finally, let’s look at a table from the 1898 Symons, which I highlighted earlier. This shows the maximum daily rainfall for each year since 1865. Note just how many times the name of Seathwaite appears! It is little wonder that, when heavy rain hits the Lakes, records get set.