This category contains flood alert information, in particular the water levels in the Tilshead Borehole. Graphs will be published weekly from 1st December through until the end of March.

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.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 16th March 2018

Apologies for the late publication of this weeks data, but Andy has been away and not able to get online.  Here is the good news.  Despite all the snow and a fair bit of rain, water levels in the Tilshead aquifer have begun to fall.  Not a lot, but enough to provide a good indicator that Spring really is on the way.  Yet again, we have confirmation that winter 2017-2018 has been drier than the 5-year average.

We are expecting a spell of heavy rain towards the end of the week, with more showers and rain towards the end of the monitoring period on 31st March.

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 8th March 2018

We are bringing you this a day early this week for operational reasons.   Despite all the snowmelt and some rain early in the week, the borehole levels have stayed prety much the same.

Overall, levels are slightly below average and we would expect them to begin to fall as Spring begins and grass and trees begin to take up water as their annual growth cycle begins.  However, we have rain in the short term forecast, perhaps heavy at times, and wet weather continuing into early April, so this years flood season may not be quite over yet.  Watch this space.

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