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Tilshead Borehole Levels: 14 December 2018

Athough we have only had 8.3 mm of rain during the week, despite a forecast that suggested much more, water levels in the borehole have risen slowly, but steadily during the course of the last seven days:

As you can seethe levels are still around a metre below average.  Some rain is forecast over the weekend and maybe even a bit of sleet or snow.  Some more rain is predicted for the middle and end of the coming week, but is should be predominantly dry.  In the longer term and in to the start of January, the forecast is for more wet and windy weather with the possibility of snow around New Year.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 7th December 2018

After a long, hot, and exceptionally dry summer, you might be forgiven for thinking that water levels in the River Till aquifer would be very low and to some extent that is true.  The current water level is about 0.7 metres below the 6 year average, but don’t be fooled by that.  Water was still flowing from the springs to the west of Till Cottage in early October, and water was still flowing under the Dryden Street bridge in late October.  The current situation looks as follows:

December rainfall is an entirely different matter.  We are already only one week into December 2018 and the month is already the 3rd wettest in the last six years.  As I write, we are experiencing yet another torrential downpour and there is more rain forecast for the weekend and possibly into next week.  The longer term forecast is for yet more rain, certainly up until Christmas.  It will be interesting to see how the heavy rain over the next few days will affect the overall water levels and by the end on next week, there may be a clearer idea of how water levels might rise this winter.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: Sunday 8th April 2018

We are rather regretting our comments on rain in our “final” flood bulletin of 2018.  Typically, it hasn’t stopped raining since!  As of this morning, the water level in the Tilshead borehole stands at 96.87 metres.  This is close to the peak level of the 2015-16 season and, if we have a similar amount of rain again over the next 7 days, we could be in a flood situation similar to that of 2013-2014.  We will keep a close eye on things each day and issue an alert if the threat increases

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 31st March 2018

Well, we’ve come to the end of the 2017-2018 flood watch.  Although we began 2018 with one of the dryest January and Februarys of the last 5 years, we have ended with the wettest March.   Although the advent of Spring had reduced and even begun to reverse the water levels in the Tilshead borehole, the deluge of the last week has reverserd things once again and water levels are beginning to rise again.  That said, we finish the year with water levels at pretty much the 5 year average for the end of March.

There will be no further formal reports until December 2018.  However, we will keep an eye on things and issue an alert should we have a few downpours of biblical proportions.

Happy Easter to all of you and have a great summer.  It is predicted to be a cooler and wetter summer than average with June not being too bad, but July and August being something of a write off.  Time will tell.


Tilshead Borehole Levels: 24th March 2018

After two weeks of falling water levels in the Tilshead Borehole we have had a sudden upturn in the last 48 hours.  This is almost certainly due to the snow melt that has taken place over the last week on top of the rain from the week before.

As we go in to the last week of the annual monitoring round, we expect the levels to continue rising for a day or two more, then fall away at an increasing rate.  We are expecting some rain or drizzle over the weekend and into the early part of next week.  The weather is expected to turn colder again, but any snow showers should be confined to the north of the country.  More wet weather is predicted for April.