"Well that was interesting" - That was my facebook and twitter response on Stirling Weather to being caught up in the heavy rainfall on Monday evening (24 June 2019). A tweet and phrase I came to slightly regret saying after seeing and realising the damage the rainfall and subsequent floods brought to some businesses and homes in parts of Stirling.
While "it was interesting" to be out and about during our worst flooding in many years it certainly is not how those who's properties have been affected by the water damage will feel.
But as the week progressed the word "interesting" could again be used to describe our weeks weather in Stirling.
Starting with the heavy rainfall and floods, followed by a few days of glorious sunshine and high temperatures, to high humidity resulting in a thunderstorm and then ending with windy conditions.
The saying "if you don't like the Scottish weather then wait 5 minutes" could perfectly sum up this past week.
After Monday's floods I was contacted by our local newspaper Stirling Observer to give my thoughts and more information on the heavy rainfall. (See image below)
Just before speaking to the newspaper I had just finished looking at our rainfall stats for the flooding as well as for 2019 so far. Many conversations I had heard recently were stating how recent weeks and 2019 and had been wet, so it was time to turn to our Stirling Weather stats to find out.
They say that figures and stats don't lie (well unless it's to do with politics) so let's see what our rainfall figures say for 2019 - There's still a few hours to go in the month of June and as it's a showery last day so the June 2019 figure could be a few millimetres out.)
2019 Total = 489mm
2018 Total Jan-Jun = 508mm
So as you can see, unless there is another sudden deluge of rain in the last few hours of June then there will be just under an inch of rain less so far in 2019 than in 2018 - so despite the recent wet weather 2019 is so far a drier year than last.
But do you see from the figures above why predicting the weather in Scotland can be difficult - look at the rainfall figures in January and March each year - the same month from one year to the next can be so different that it's not easy to plan outdoor events in Scotland - arrange your next BBQ at your own risk!!
This past week has also seen our highest 2019 temperature so far of 25.3°C while during the first six months of 2018 the highest temperature was 32.3°C.
It should be noted that 32.3°C has been our highest event recorded temperature at Stirling Weather since our records began ten years ago.
So lower temperature and lower rainfall during 2019 while our thoughts from the past week would suggest that 2019 has been worse than recent years.
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