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Wettest Winter on Record
The end of February is when the weather men calculate that winter is at an end and start talking about "Spring". So the UK Meteorological Office published the data for Winter (1st December to 29 February) and confirmed what we thought - it was the highest rainfall since records began in 1910. The average rainfall across Scotland in those three months amounted to 30 inches of rain. Argyllshire of course had more than the rest of us with 42 inches of rain (compared to a normal average of 28 inches).

Two of the last three winters have produced record breaking levels of rain in winter with the previous record of 29 inches in 2013/4. The rain has often been accompanied by gales and the storms have led to flooding in many parts of Scotland this winter - Ballater in Aberdeenshire had severe flooding in December with extensive damage to 300 homes and 60 businesses suffering flood damage and the swollen river Dee left historic Aberdalgie castle close to collapse into the river. In Hawick in the Scottish Borders 600 people were forced from their homes by flood water from the river Teviot.

Spring is not bringing much better weather either, with the weather forecasters warning of snow and ice in Dumfries and Galloway and in the Highlands and Western Isles.

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Tam O'Ranter
March 2016

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