“Record Rain” At Thirlmere
By Paul Homewood
According to the Met Office, Storm Desmond brought a new 2-day rainfall record at Thirlmere.
Thirlmere sits at an altitude of 584 feet, and the Helvellyn Massif rises abruptly to the east. It is pretty obvious that any storms coming from the west, as Desmond did, will dump an awful lot of rain there.
The Helvellyn Massif from Thirlmere
It is also pretty obvious that large amounts of rain have dropped there in the past. It is therefore somewhat disconcerting to find that the rain gauge there has only been in existence since 1995.
This was confirmed to me by the Met Office, who also stated that it is an Environmental Agency station.
No reputable Met Agency would dream of declaring any records at a site with such a short history.
In recent years, the EA has naturally been setting up hundreds of rain gauges in sites such as Thirlmere, so as to plan for flooding problems well in advance. It was, of course, an EA gauge at Honister Pass which gave the Met Office a 24-hour record during Desmond. As we learnt afterwards, the gauge at Honister had only been there since 1970, and only monitored intermittently for most of that time, a fact never made public by the Met Office.
As we chuck more and more of these gauges into remote, mountainous areas, which are by nature extremely wet places, it is inevitable that we will find more and more “new records”.
As I have commented before, if this was just to get an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, it would be of no consequence. But it isn’t. It has instead allowed the Met Office to make unjustified claims about “record rainfall”. and to promote their “climate change/extreme weather agenda.