The 1911 Drought

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Reading Mercury 16th September 1911, page 4.

Reading Mercury 16th September 1911, page 4.

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July and August 1910 were rather wet, but then September was much drier than average, as was October over northern and western areas of the UK. Although November and December were on the wet side, January 1911 was a dry month, beginning a year which was characterised by below-average rainfall in most months. February, April and June were wetter than average in a minority of places, and the dryness was most notable in July. Temperatures were also above average in every month from May to September, contributing to increased evaporation. Only in the final two months of 1911 did rainfall go above average, bringing an end to this drought period.

 

 

Groundwater

The 1911 meteorological drought did not express itself in unusually low groundwater levels in the few observed records that there are for that period suggesting that it was too brief or insubstantial to produce a groundwater drought. There is no evidence for a groundwater drought in this period in the reconstructed groundwater level hydrographs, however, there is a significant degree of uncertainty in the reconstructions minor groundwater droughts may be difficult to discern in the early reconstructed record.

 

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Reading Mercury 16th September 1911, page 4.