Tilshead Borehole Levels: 27th March 2022

The last full week of this reporting season has continued to surprise me.  Despite no rain for almost a fortnight, water levels in the Tilshead borehole have continued to rise throughout the week.  Whilst Spring is well underway, buds on most trees haven’t broken into leaf, so the trees aren’t yet able to take up water at the rate they will in a few weeks time.  With a cold snap in prospect, things may be delayed even further.  This has been a typical late spring season with water levels being below average since mid-December.  At the start of March, it seemed we might end the season over 8 metres below average and some 2 metres below the latest Spring we had experienced in the last 8 years (2016-2017).  The subsequent rain has halved that difference and it now looks as though we will end the season with the aquifer slightly fuller than at the end of Martch 2017

Graph shows that water levels continue to rise, but we are 4m below average levels for this date.

Temperatures are going to drop throughout the week and we are going to see increasing amounts of cloud.  There may be a few showers and it is possible some of these may turn to snow!  Beyond that, the outlook remains unsettled, but temperatures will increase to slightly above average as we move through April.  It is going to be windy though.

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