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Tilshead Borehole Levels: 31st March 2019

The end of March arrives with a fortnight of dry weather; very much “in like a Lion and out like a Lamb” as the old adage goes.   Spring has well and truly sprung with many of the trees now in bud or early leaf and the grass in our gardens growing wildly.  Water levels in the Tilshead borehole have ended the season about 2.5 metres below average and a metre above the driest Spring in the last six years.  Despite the lack of rain, the levels have continued to rise fairly steradily over the last week and probably won’t stop rising until the trees are in full leaf.   This is the last notice we plan to issue until December; though we will keep an eye on things if there is a lot of rain in April.   Have a great summer!We may get the odd shower this afternoon (Sunday) and more on Tuesday and Thursday to match the colder weather.  There may be a few showers over the next fortnight, with the weather continuing to be on the cold side.   Temperatures may start to build towards the end of the month, but no significant rainfall seems to be in the offing.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 22nd March 2019

Just when I think I understand how the Tilshead aquifer works, along comes something different.  We’ve had 14 days with rain so far this month, a total of 61mm, and all the water level in the Tilshead borehole has done is to fall.  Those of you who have watched developments over the last few years will realise that the fall has happened because the trees are starting to bud and come into leaf and the grass is growing rampantly; all taking up water from the surface and stopping it from running down into the aquifer.  So far, so good.  What I cant explain is why, over the last few days, the rate of decrease has slowed and in the last day or so, in the near absence of rain in the last week, the borehole levels are starting to rise again…

The weather forecast for the rest of March is for some cloudy weather, maybe with a bit of drizzle.  We may even see a bit of sunshine by the middle of the week!  We may get a warmish spell by the end of the month with wet weather spreading southwards in early April.   The final formal report of this flood season will be issued next Sunday on 31st March.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 15th March 2019

Well, well, well!  Despite having nearly a week with rain every day, making this even at mid-month at least the 3rd wettest March in the last six, the water levels in the aquifer have actually fallen constantly through the week.  It looks as though Spring really has begun and the trees have begun to take up water rapidly.

The weather over the next few days is set to be wet and windy, with the possibility of hail and even snow on the high ground further west.  By Tuesday, things should be getting drier and even a little warmer.   As we move into April, the weather is likely to be dier and a little warmer than average.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 8th March 2019

After quite a lengthy dry period at the end of February, we’ve had rain on 6 out of the last 7 days.  Despite this, the rate of rise in the water level in the aquifer has slowed constantly during the week and fell by 1mm overnight last night.  So is this an indication that Spring has really arrived?  Maybe, but other indicators say otherwise.  Two weeks ago, an old friend living in the north of England expressed concern that she had not seen, or heard, frogs mating in her garden pond this year.  We’d noticed something similar 200 miles further south – we normally see frog-spawn in the first week of January – if the pond isn’t frozen solid.  Within 24 hours of my friend posting this on Facebook, our pond was a writhing mass of debauchery and so far we’ve noted at least 15 separate clumps of frog spawn.  That would all point to a very late Spring indeed.  Clearly, we will have to keep watching the levels over the next few weeks to be sure of what is really going on.


It’s going to be damp overnight, clearing early on Saturday, to leave quite a pleasant day.  Tomorrow morning should be dry  with the possibility of some more rain later in the day.  You can expect yet more rainy periods on Sunday and continiung intermittently into early next week.  As the week progresses. the rainy weather continues and there remains the chance of a colder spell, but any snow should be well to the north of us.  March is likely to blow itself out in a spell of windy, but drier, weather.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 1st March 2019

Today, meteorologically speaking at least, is the first day of Spring.  I have to confess that I don’t really believe we have had much of a Winter this year, it has been so warm.  It’s also been fairly dry and only 1mm of rain last week to add to the February total.  The water level in the borehole is hovering roughly midway between the 6-year average and the latest Spring we have seen over the last 6 years.

We can expect some rain overnight tonight, with drizzle tomorrow and rain continuing from Sunday to Tuesday as Storm Freya blows in. There may be a second spell of rain towards the end of the week.  There is the possibility of more rain towards the middle of the month, but getting drier towards the end.  Oh yes, there is still a faint chance of snow here on the Plain…