Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Wettest year for more than a century in region

10:24 28 December 2012

Coping with sudden flooding after torrential rain in Felixstowe.

Coping with sudden flooding after torrential rain in Felixstowe.

Pete Aldous 2012

THIS year is the wettest ever - and that is official.

Hosepipe Ban

April 5 - Anglian Water introduces its first hosepipe ban for 20 years after the company calls the drought the ‘worst in a century’

May 2 - After the wettest April on record Anglian Water maintains the ban saying underground water levels remain low

May 11 - The Environment Agency keeps the region’s drought status but lifts it in several counties across the country

June 14 - Anglian Water lifts the hosepipe ban after reservoir and river levels are restored

Figures released today confirm 2012 - which included one of the driest spells on record - was the wettest in Suffolk and Essex’s history.

The average rain for the year is set to be recorded at 788mm - compared to just 453.7mm in 2011. The previous record was in 2001 when 779.6mm fell in East Anglia.

And yet in April Anglian Water was forced to announce a hosepipe ban as it battled with a drought. At the time experts said only extraordinary weather would lift the ban - by June reservoir were back to normal.

But it did not stop raining then, sadly. Throughout the year drivers have battled submerged roads, farmers have been working on water-logged fields and rivers have burst their banks.

And even the Queen had to battle inclement weather as she tried to enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee flotilla in torrential downpours.

And it has not got any better as the year has worn on - yesterday drivers found themselves stuck on some rural roads after more heavy rain.

Last night forecasters said they were expecting a stormy weekend in the run up to the new year’s celebrations but did predict a continuation of the warm tempratures well into January.

Now farmers are now struggling to plant winter crops as vast pools of water remain on fields.

Brian Finnerty, spokesman for NFU East Anglia, said: “It’s been a very challenging year for farmers, they are used to dealing with the weather, it’s something they have to work with, but it’s been challenging this year.

“We’d like to see a return to more normal weather patterns for 2013. We speak to farmers about the drought situation and about building more resilience in their business – having access to reservoirs.

“This is going to be ongoing in the future with climate change happening, we will see more extremes of weather in the future.

“Farmers are finding it difficult to get on to fields - it’s very wet out there - farmers have not been able to put out their winter crops.

“We are seeing lower levels of planting than normal. They are doing the best they can in challenging circumstances.”

This year Wattisham recorded a total of 784mm of rain – 40% more than its average yearly figure.

Andrewsfield, Essex, has had a total of 816.8mm this year compared to just 472.6mm of rain in 2011.

Steve Western, forecaster for Weatherquest said: “It’s currently one of the wettest autumns in living memory, farmers have had an appalling time. “We’ve had extreme rainfall in September and it’s not just the fact that it’s been wet - there’s been no dry interludes.

“We have had a constantly wet autumn, we have not had two dry days and this is what has caused the problem. The rain has fallen steadily over such a period that places are constantly water-logged.”

0 comments

The grandparents and father of missing Corrie McKeague at a press conference to announce a five figure reward for information regarding his disappearance.

Grandparents Oliver and Mary McKeague and father Martin

A five-figure reward has been offered for information which helps to find missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague.

The scene of a killing in Wivenhoe, Essex

A drug addict has admitted killing a man in Wivenhoe during a relapse.

Lynne's totally useless bucket list

I wonder if anyone has ever put “a bucket” on their bucket list, asks Lynne Mortimer.

Mouse exploring an apple. Photo by Julie Kemp

Through our iwitness24 site, readers are able to share their photos of Suffolk’s top beauty spots, of landmarks and of some of our amazing wildlife in action.

The Rudolph Run starts in Ipswich tonight. Pic: Simon Parker.

Father Christmas and his friends from the Ipswich Round Table are preparing for the 2016 Rudolph Run but what route will they take this year and when will they visit your street?

Chris Grayling is due to unveil changes to the rail industry today.

Through trains from Ipswich and Norwich to Oxford and possibly Swindon or even Bristol could be running within 15 years under a new rail model being flagged up by the government today.

Ravenswood Primary School has opened its new library and has also introduced their rainbow reading scheme, 
where siblings and parents can come and
 spend time reading.
Head teacher (in red) Karen Mills with the school council enjoying their new library.

She’s strutted her stuff across the world’s stages as the Queen of Country and now Dolly Parton has inspired an Ipswich school more than 3,000 miles from her home in Tennessee to carry on her work giving free books to youngsters.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24