Devastating Yorkshire Floods – 1930
By Paul Homewood
The Whitby lifeboat had to be called out for a flood two miles inland at Ruswarp in Yorkshire (pictured) on 23 July 1930 as the rising waters threatened Whitby and the surrounding areas. The Whitby Gazette called it “a thrilling rescue” amid gale-force winds. According to weather reporter Bill Foggit: “The awesome power of the flood was more than matched by the indomitable spirit of the Whitby lifeboat men. Up the raging Esk they came to rescue marooned families.” The floods left crops damaged, carried away sheep, and destroyed bridges.
The Telegraph has a series of pictures of wild “weather” events, (Incl earthquakes, for some reason!)
The above one particularly caught my eye, as it was in July 1930. This period was a particularly wet era. The four months from October 1929 to January 1930 were by far the wettest of any four months on record. In the year before, January 1928 remains the wettest January in the UK.
The Telegraph links to the UK Weatherworld website, which has collected together some newspaper cuttings from the Times. First, though, the tables from the British Rainfall publication for 1930. Note that the 11.97 inches at Castleton is 23% of the annual total, nearly three months worth.
In reality, it is even more, as British Rainfall explain: