For many years Alan Lord collected rainfall data for Staveley. Since he passed away in 2020 Ed and Andy are continuing to compile this information – for which thanks!

A year of extremes.
The rainfall in 2021 for Staveley gave us another year of extremes with a very wet start and a very dry summer.Β  The year gave us 1842mm of rain in total, 8% above the average of 1707mm (since our records began in 1985), but rather less than the wet 2020 of 2129mm. The year started off where 2020 finished, it was wet. January, February and March gave us 667mm of rain in total, the second wettest start to a year since our records began (only beaten by 2020), and some 40% over the average.Β  It then turned dry with April giving us a tiny 9mm compared with an average of 86mm, the driest April and the second driest for all months since we started. This was followed by a wet May of 156mm, some 72% above our May average.Β  However, summer was dry: June, July, August and September gave us 287mm of rain, only 56% and well below the average of 490mm for the same 4 months. That was the second driest for those 4 months, bettered only by 1996.Β  This was followed by a very wet October, 403mm and 214% above average which was the wettest October and the 4th wettest month for any month since our records began, over double the average. November was drier than normal at 129mm and December about average at 193mm.

The rainfall figures are collected daily on Danes Road, Staveley by Ed Tipping and Andy Young for the Environment Agency and the Met Office.